The Park Slope Patch has heavily staged pics of the much hoopla-ed renovation of the 17 Prospect Park West Victorian mansion. Formerly the abode of movie stars Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, it was bought in 2009 by a Google engineer, and locals and the blogerati were worried that the new owners would gut the “old world charm.” I’ve always admired this beautiful limestone townhouse, and when I saw scaffolding surrounding the place for a year, I thought they would do a down-to-the-studs renovation. But it looks like they kept a lot of the original detail (and stuffed it with a lot of velvet furniture, even in the children’s room! Maybe “Google-raised” kids aren’t constantly covered in jam and syrup like my kids.) It really does look beautiful, but why do modern refurbs feel compelled to make bathrooms look like they are in a nightclub?
Perfect for the kids to bust out the magic markers on a play-date
Who doesn’t keep a wide array of melons and gourds splayed on their kitchen table?
I know its hard to take your eyes off the Danish/caveman club chair, but notice the high-chair?
Adult furniture from the future, children’s furniture from Amish country.
The boots and blocks say, “we have a toddler.” The pink velvet chair says, “we can afford to have it re-upholstered”
I can practically hear “In Da Club” blastin’!
What an incredible rehab project. The interiors look beautiful!