When landscape designer and Vogue Contributing Editor Miranda Brooks , her architect husband, Bastien Halard, and their two daughters, Poppy, six, and Violette Grey, four, left Manhattan for Brooklyn, Bastien suggested they “just pretend we’re moving to the country.” What ensued was a complete renovation of the couple’s charming four-story Neo-Grec Boerum Hill brownstone, transformed into a lush wonderland garden home that feels miles from the city.
Let’s have a look at their lovely abode.
Dressed as Alice in Wonderland, Poppy is ready for a tea party, complete with a visiting pony. The parquet à point de Hongrie white oak floors are of the typical Parisian style.
The Master Bed, designed and built by Bastien is juxtaposed with Custom de Gournay wallpaper.
Poppy and Caliban the cat relax on the Mallorcan fabric-covered banquette, surrounded by blackberries and rambling roses.
The master bedroom with a sofa by Halard.
The brownstone’s rooftop bulkhead doubles as Miranda’s greenhouse.
To add ceiling height to the Living Room, Halard exposed the house’s original joists.
Violette Grey and Poppy visit Peter and Bun Bun in the Halard-designed rooftop rabbit hutch.
Violette Grey’s bedroom papered in a hand-printed horse-chestnut print.
Moroccan concrete tiles in the girls’ playroom display their colorful paintings and drawings.
A black and white vintage tub anchors the Master Bathroom. Miranda found the rug, like all in the house, while working on a project in Morocco.
The couple both keep their offices in their home’s carriage house.
Poppy’s bedroom wallpaper is by UK-based designer Marthe Armitage, and is hand-printed with butterflies, birds, and spiderwebs.
Poppy and Violette Grey run through their mother’s abundant plantings. “I have so little garden, and I have to try everything,” she Brooks.
“It’s like a library/sitting room with a bathtub in it,” says Brooks. A Gerrit Rietveld light hangs above an 18th-century Swedish bench, with curtains made of indigo-dyed Japanese mosquito netting.
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