Abelow Sherman Architects LLC
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Abelow Sherman Architects LLC eclectic-dining-room

Abelow Sherman Architects LLC

FORBES TOWNHOUSE Park Slope, Brooklyn Abelow Sherman Architects Partner-in-Charge: David Sherman Contractor: Top Drawer Construction Photographer: Mikiko Kikuyama Completed: 2007 Project Team: Rosie Donovan, Mara Ayuso This project upgrades a brownstone in the Park Slope Historic District in a distinctive manner. The clients are both trained in the visual arts, and have well-developed sensibilities about how a house is used as well as how elements from certain eras can interact visually. A lively dialogue has resulted in a design in which the architectural and construction interventions appear as a subtle background to the decorating. The intended effect is that the structure of each room appears to have a “timeless” quality, while the fit-ups, loose furniture, and lighting appear more contemporary. Thus the bathrooms are sheathed in mosaic tile, with a rough texture, and of indeterminate origin. The color palette is generally muted. The fixtures however are modern Italian. A kitchen features rough brick walls and exposed wood beams, as crooked as can be, while the cabinets within are modernist overlay slabs of walnut veneer. Throughout the house, the visible components include thick Cararra marble, new mahogany windows with weights-and-pulleys, new steel sash windows and doors, and period light fixtures. What is not seen is a state-of-the-art infrastructure consisting of a new hot water plant, structured cabling, new electrical service and plumbing piping. Because of an unusual relationship with its site, there is no backyard to speak of, only an eight foot deep space between the building’s first floor extension and the property line. In order to offset this problem, a series of Ipe wood decks were designed, and very precisely built to less than 1/8 inch tolerance. There is a deck of some kind on each floor from the basement to the third floor. On the exterior, the brownstone facade was completely restored. All of this was achieve

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Melissa Alvarado Sierra added this to The Eclectic Style: It's All In The Mix
Old and new are wonderful together. The chandelier is the center of attention and it's amazing how well it works with the antique shelves and modern table. The color palette is fresh and inviting. Love this one.
Becky Harris added this to How to Stage Shelves
Here the built-ins just make the space. Beautiful!
The mouldings at the bottom in the center are modeled after the cabinet doors, providing uniformity.
Becky Harris added this to How to Arrange Shelves with Style
Place heavier objects on the lower shelves, and get lighter and more sparse as you go up.
Becky Harris added this to Ideabook 911: A Lounge for the Boys
More great built-ins with cabinets beneath. I should mention, you don't necessarily have to go with built-ins - there are a lot of pre-made cabinets out there to choose from.
Janell Beals - House of Fifty Mag added this to Design 2011: Trends to Build On
Here the mix is less apparent, but the iconic artichoke light fixture placed in a dining room with traditional built-ins and architecture makes for a dynamic design.
Becky Harris added this to Investing in Iconic Pieces
Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Lamp

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lisaschaller added this to new house
December 14, 2014
Shelves just float
moorooduc added this to moorooduc's Ideas
July 28, 2014
Media room
coteash added this to basement refinish
July 12, 2014
I like the simplicity and lines
kniterian added this to Dining Rooms
June 25, 2014
What do you like about this photo?built-ins
jal1444 added this to Shelf arranging
June 24, 2014
Heavier objects on bottom and lighter as you go up
kcc414 added this to Brownstone - Living Room
June 1, 2014
built-ins, unobtrusive, not too heavy; for either side of fireplace in front living room
Michelle Kohler added this to built-in library
May 24, 2014
simple and clean
ericamccurdy added this to ericamccurdy's Ideas
May 17, 2014
Open shelves
ruthbilefsky added this to ruthbilefsky's Ideas
May 2, 2014
Built ins
djheard17 added this to Front Living room
March 29, 2014
Storage on the top of bookshelves, don't like the top shelves
kreynolds9 added this to family/living
March 25, 2014
Kids area?
samwhibley added this to New House
March 1, 2014
Built in bookshelf
lisaherrington added this to lisaherrington's Ideas
January 21, 2014
Size and scale, wall space in middle
stephpaz added this to Shelving Ideas
January 19, 2014
Good tip - heavier items on bottom and lighter as you go up
jeremiahcrowell added this to Built ins
January 18, 2014
even spacing
alisonblue added this to alisonblue's Ideas
January 10, 2014
Shelving concept
Dena Green added this to dena_green9854827's Ideas
January 8, 2014
Shelve itams
Marks & Frantz Interior Design added this to Park Slope Townhouse
January 6, 2014
built-in design, storage, paneling details, Saarinen table, orange, pops of color, light fixture, mid-century mix with contemporary
mshuddles added this to mshuddles's ideas
November 24, 2013
possible open shelving?
daniellekaiser added this to daniellekaiser's Ideas
November 17, 2013
see comment below photo
linardel added this to Living Room Ideas
November 15, 2013
the arrangement
kdhaviland added this to kdhaviland's ideas
November 13, 2013
symmetry of bookcases
dburtt22 added this to dburtt22's ideas
October 29, 2013
Kitchen table (breakfast) and light fixture
mos571 added this to mos571's ideas
October 29, 2013
built in, color
kmontier added this to kmontier's Favorites
October 28, 2013
albing added this to albing's ideas
October 23, 2013
Place heavier objects on the lower shelves, and get lighter and more sparse as you go up.
komilm2001 added this to komilm2001's ideas
October 20, 2013
Duthie Bike added this to duthie_bike's ideas
October 18, 2013
Built in
Kathy Creveling added this to 31 Old Lake Road
October 14, 2013
hidden tv
hmullan2003 added this to Living room ideas
October 10, 2013
Zofia Gallick added this to Monica's apartment
September 21, 2013
Shelf organization -- heavy objects below and get lighter/sparser as you go up
karenkburgos added this to living room
September 8, 2013
floating shelves
mgjennings added this to Lighting
August 27, 2013
mountainvalley added this to mountainvalley's ideas
August 24, 2013
built ins for living room
jools_010 added this to Office / Dining room
August 20, 2013
Cupboards down low. Floating shelves above.
ddody added this to Dining room
July 23, 2013
Small round table
Cheryl McCullough added this to cheryl_mccullough3967's ideas
July 22, 2013
Place heavier objects on the lower shelves, and get lighter and more sparse as you go up.
sophia2013hazel added this to Built-in Bookshelves
July 21, 2013
clean lines, different shelving options
alisamesser added this to alisamesser's Ideas
July 16, 2013
Shelf display by color books
Mandy Robertson added this to Living Room Ideas
July 15, 2013
for living area
Anna Ell added this to Dining Room Ideas
July 3, 2013
i like the balance on both sides of the main
littlebeemama added this to Interiors
June 26, 2013
dining room built in
efcallen added this to efcallen's Ideas
June 23, 2013
Family room.
Julia Sz added this to julia_sz's Ideas
June 22, 2013
amw290 added this to wohnzimmer
May 20, 2013
courtneyschuster added this to condo kitchen ideas
May 19, 2013
m9a6c added this to Bedroom Ideas
May 2, 2013
Art pieces
krissherry added this to krissherry's Ideas
April 26, 2013
Built in for office
bklyntchr added this to bklyntchr's Ideas
April 13, 2013
Tuna club room
kellywallis added this to Living room
April 10, 2013
built in shelves with cupboards at the bottom
victoria004 added this to victoria004's Ideas
April 5, 2013
In living room, right 1/2 would be stairs
ndkrieger added this to ndkrieger's ideas
March 27, 2013
Built ins
slev146 added this to Living room
March 23, 2013
Blank central wall
hdox1981 added this to living room
March 18, 2013
Put heavier items on lower shelves and get lighter as you go up
angelabell added this to fireplace built-in
March 16, 2013
shelf and cabinet idea
gallopalooza added this to Bookcases and Bakers Racks
March 13, 2013
styling shelves
yaelsoho added this to New York office
March 7, 2013
How to shelve
Zach Luebke added this to Brian and Nora
March 5, 2013
low cost by keeping uppers open shelving
hmsmith79 added this to 2013 Small TV Room
February 23, 2013
Built Ins with TV
julievp added this to julievp's ideas
February 6, 2013
beccaboo2 added this to dining room
January 31, 2013
old and new; chairs
waxcarr added this to waxcarr's Ideas
January 29, 2013
Bottom shelving
beatyscience added this to living room
January 27, 2013
apgrego added this to Arrange Shelves
January 21, 2013
heavy items on lower shelves, lighter on upper shelves
Red Canoe Realty added this to laurdahm's ideas
January 19, 2013
75a lr
Leigh Lashley_Dixson added this to house
January 13, 2013
built in
Metro! on Madison added this to Built in Bookshelve ideas for The Feltoon's
January 11, 2013
Ideas for placement
circatrade added this to circatrade's Ideas
January 10, 2013
Open shelves above and cabinets below
pksyme added this to pksyme's ideas
January 3, 2013
The bottom cabinetry is cool-
abuckler added this to Dining room
January 1, 2013
Open and closed storage shelving
sf8scott added this to piano and/or living room
December 28, 2012
heavy on bottom, light on top
nanana_ana added this to nanana_ana's ideas
December 8, 2012
Barbara Loyd added this to remodel ideas
November 26, 2012
A good principle to follow, pear-shaped lighter/smaller on top, heavier on bottom plus books are easier to access here. I like the striped artwork which repeats the look of the books' vertical orientation.
7431 added this to 7431's ideas
November 25, 2012
Place heavier objects on lower shelves and get lighter and more sparse as you go up
owie99 added this to owie99's ideas
November 25, 2012
shelves either side of the cupboard?
mwhitedcr added this to Organization Ideas
November 25, 2012
placement of books/objects on the shelves.
lukenmj added this to lukenmj's ideas
November 20, 2012
good for playroom area
sharper0518 added this to Basement
November 20, 2012
Not sure we have the wall space but some built in book shelfs would be nice for display and storage below for games etc...
christine307 added this to christine307's ideas
November 18, 2012
idea for kitchen wall
pediamy added this to Living room ideas
November 18, 2012
Collections of china, etc.. with books.
afriedman added this to afriedman's Favorites
November 4, 2012
Shelf arrangements
Kim Schmidt added this to Living Room
October 21, 2012
Practically what I have in mind!
Kim Schmidt added this to sneakyfox's Favorites
October 21, 2012
Living room shelving unit idea!
paulaandjim added this to paulaandjim's ideas
October 18, 2012
built in media cabinetry
danielduvernay added this to danielduvernay's Ideas
October 18, 2012
gregandpauline added this to gregandpauline's ideas
October 17, 2012
dining room storage around chimney breast
cbernardoni added this to cbernardoni's Ideas
October 17, 2012
Around the fireplace
gatorgirlss24 added this to gatorgirlss24's Ideas
October 15, 2012
symmetry of shelving
Lori Schmidt added this to lori_schmidt's library ideas
October 14, 2012
Adrienne Eynon added this to Family Room / Playroom / Living Room Casual
October 11, 2012
nice built-ins....playroom??
rrachelrreese added this to Studio Ideas
October 6, 2012
built in
ali71bkw added this to dining room
September 25, 2012
Lynn Wyville added this to bookshelves and built ins for living room
September 24, 2012
lower cabinets, upper shelves
cagica added this to cagica's ideas
September 24, 2012
kandelin added this to family room
September 22, 2012
tv in the middle? Built ins.
Pamela Bertone added this to pamela_bertone's ideas
September 21, 2012
dining area
andignac added this to andignac's ideas
September 20, 2012
thenewmans added this to thenewmans's ideas
September 18, 2012
Shelves and built in cabinets for dining room?
fowline added this to fowline's Ideas
September 14, 2012
Family room
jenniferruth added this to Display
September 12, 2012
I like the hardware on the cabinet doors.
scrubj1 added this to scrubj1's Ideas
September 1, 2012
TV Wall... Build speakers into the wall close to the ceiling. TV in the center, but shelves make it less obvious. Cabinets underneath hide components, remotes, etc..
nvhome added this to Book storage
August 26, 2012
wall built ins
luclaviolette added this to luclaviolette's ideas
August 16, 2012
melvttr20 added this to melvttr20's ideas
August 10, 2012
gable added this to gable's ideas
August 4, 2012
artichoke pendant
tarheels94 added this to tarheels94's Ideas
August 1, 2012
bilt in MBR
thriving67 added this to office
July 24, 2012
bookcase in dining
Mary_Bridget Samson added this to mary_bridget's Ideas
July 23, 2012
shelving and similarly colored knickknack clusters
Anne Lubner Designs added this to Anne Lubner Designs - Bookshelves
July 22, 2012
disguising the bumpout wall
lisathompson added this to lisathompson's Favorites
July 19, 2012
belg added this to Breakfast nook
July 14, 2012
sasparv added this to Rancho Dos Ideas
July 4, 2012
dining area storage
cadman12 added this to cadman12's ideas
July 4, 2012
moldings for bookcase & cabinets
jhalbison added this to bookshelves
July 3, 2012
heavier objects go on the bottom shelf
lpgordon added this to lpgordon's Favorites
May 31, 2012
putterkelley added this to Realistic Changes
May 4, 2012
Lots of white space; items of similar color together
M added this to Decorating
April 30, 2012
"place heavier objects on the lower shelves, and get lighter and more sparse as you go up."
nickie jordan designs added this to nickie_jordan's ideas
April 30, 2012
alcachofa added this to dining area
April 29, 2012
shelves with different things on it.
jacbc added this to bedroom
April 22, 2012
Upstairs workout/bedroom
Creating Calm - Professional Organizing added this to Organize It!
April 22, 2012
A lighter feel...thin shelves versus thick built in squares.
treahoving added this to TV wall
April 20, 2012
ambermorgan added this to ambermorgan's ideas
April 15, 2012
bookshelves in dining room
aillig added this to aillig's Favorites
April 11, 2012
listboys added this to listboys's ideas
April 2, 2012
lenapryan added this to lenapryan's ideas
March 29, 2012
dining room built in
leslie17 added this to Leslie's lighting
February 29, 2012
love this light!
adrienes added this to adrienes's ideas
February 27, 2012
love bookshelves above and flat area for tv/ethanol fireplace
putterkelley added this to putterkelley's ideas
February 23, 2012
nice shelf arrangements
melton68 added this to melton68's ideas
February 21, 2012
cabinets on bottom, shelves on top, and the light fixture
caroljhazen added this to caroljhazen's ideas
February 15, 2012
alicianichole added this to alicianichole's ideas
February 11, 2012
ellis_5 added this to dining
January 28, 2012
I like the built-ins.
banksia added this to banksia's ideas
January 27, 2012
maybe for new living space
nadine007 added this to nadine007's Favorites
January 25, 2012
amyrockwell added this to amyrockwell's ideas for 840
January 13, 2012
Serra Hadsell added this to Livingroom Built-in
January 10, 2012
Scale/Proportion seems similar to what we have in living room
dsloan added this to dsloan's ideas
December 31, 2011
love the open shelving and closed storage. Rug would be nice to be a fireplace beside the round table.
tricia1040 added this to tricia1040's ideas
December 26, 2011
storage along stairs
debjuliademi added this to debjuliademi's ideas
December 25, 2011
This is what we need to do!
franching added this to hallway
December 22, 2011
heavier objects on the lower shelves
carrrr added this to carrrr's Favorites
December 15, 2011
dcarter added this to dcarter's Favorites
December 14, 2011
tippytoes added this to tippytoes's ideas
December 9, 2011
theoralsurgeon added this to theoralsurgeon's Favorites
December 7, 2011
Dining room wall
jenson added this to TV cabs
November 29, 2011
shelves to save $$
jenson added this to office
November 29, 2011
consider shelves to right and left of windows. countertop to make desk across wall in room. conceal underneath countertop with fabric.
josieb added this to josieb's ideas
November 12, 2011
place heavier stuff on bottom and get lighter and sparser as you move up
galatiab added this to galatiab's Favorites
November 9, 2011
nycbrook added this to Parlor
November 6, 2011
built ins on either side of bump out
stokessara added this to stokessara's Favorites
October 29, 2011
I like the concept of the room
megantbo added this to Lake House ideas
September 27, 2011
smittycdm added this to Bookcases & Display
September 19, 2011
Place heavier objects on the lower shelves, and get lighter and more sparse as you go up.
azarida added this to azarida's ideas
September 19, 2011
leslieann9 added this to Charlotte's room
September 14, 2011
rsrubenstein added this to rsrubenstein's ideas
September 11, 2011
built-in bookshelves and storage
Sherry OBrien added this to sherry_obrien's ideas
August 30, 2011
The shelves on the wall seperate from the built in's below them.
vanessacoggan added this to vanessacoggan's Favorites
August 29, 2011
Shelving with cabinetry on the bottom
henley added this to henley's ideas
August 24, 2011
Top Shelf Baskets
kbguillard added this to kbguillard's ideas
August 12, 2011
Color blocking on shelves
neeshdecorates added this to neeshdecorates's ideas
August 10, 2011
fungwahwah added this to fungwahwah's Favorites
August 10, 2011
Like these cabinetry
atholanda added this to atholanda's Favorites
August 10, 2011
Estante copa
jgarcia72 added this to jgarcia72's Favorites
August 4, 2011
Built in
first added this to first's ideas
July 12, 2011
larz added this to Lanier House Ideas
July 11, 2011
built-ins, colors, and modern lamp
antoinette added this to antoinette's ideas
July 5, 2011
living room wall with built-in niches
timshani added this to timshani's ideas
June 22, 2011
built ins
pamdennis added this to pamdennis's ideas
June 22, 2011
shelving units!!! idea for our living room.
Lady added this to prettylady1's ideas
June 15, 2011
book shhelves
Constanza Subijana added this to constanza's ideas
June 14, 2011
Comedor biblioteca
bgchampion added this to bgchampion's ideas
June 14, 2011
book shelves
valborg added this to valborg's ideas
June 1, 2011
storage cabinets
agottlieb added this to agottlieb's ideas
May 24, 2011
hershdb added this to hershdb's Favorites
May 18, 2011
meeshie62 added this to meeshie62's ideas
May 11, 2011
office or craft room
neneaowen added this to neneaowen's Favorites
May 10, 2011
Heavy stuff On bottom Then lighter
sheis added this to sheis's ideas
May 6, 2011
shilpster added this to Living Rm - Study
April 17, 2011
Wall for TV
janetp added this to weaving room
April 6, 2011
pjsteve202 added this to pjsteve202's ideas
March 29, 2011
like the ethnic details
Hobo the bear added this to yayabear's ideas
March 26, 2011
storage in wainscotting
mlgibbs added this to mlgibbs's Favorites
March 24, 2011
Possibly a lower cost alternative to full built in bookshelves.
amanimsf added this to amanimsf's Favorites
March 16, 2011
taaron_s added this to built-ins
March 12, 2011
combo of doors and shelves
wenz337 added this to house - living room
March 8, 2011
like white builtins
ncampbellsck added this to ncampbellsck's Favorites
March 1, 2011
Donning kitchen
sarahs added this to sarahs's ideas
February 25, 2011
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