Perfecting a Park Slope Parlor Floor


The parlor floor of this uniquely situated Park Slope townhome had been converted to feel like a Tribeca loft at some point in the building's history. The result, while spacious, competed with the character of the rest of the home. Our clients wanted to have a sense of lightness throughout their home, so we upgraded the parlor floor to increase natural light.

We were delighted to find that during the previous renovation, remnants of the home's original Italianate detailing were left untouched. We used these details as inspiration when reinventing the living and dining spaces on this level.

After Living room in a Park Slope home with a fireplace, blue velvet couch, and two floral armchairs
Before Parlor floor of a Park Slope house before our renovation
In the living room, we shifted chimney breast 39 inches to re-orient the lofty space into distinct programs. This shift created a large, bright front parlor, spatially organized into living and dining areas.
After Bay window of a Park Slope home after renovation, widened and painted white to allow more natural light to enter the room.
Before Bay window in the dining room of a Park Slope home before renovation
Carefully splaying the existing bay opening allowed light to pour into the expanded dining room space. Expert craftsmen recreated the original molding's complex curves. While challenging, this window treatment transformed the dining room into a larger, more functional space.

There is room to extend the new dining table, allowing additional seating for holidays and charity events at the house.

Increasing natural light and upgrading the interiors alongside Tamara Eaton Design let the parlor floor flow seamlessly with the rest of the house. The new dining and living spaces are both formal and functional for the active family.