A four-bedroom townhouse with park views and tons of charm has recently hit the market, and we’re dying to tell you all about it. The listing, brought to market by Compass’ Michael J. Franco, is right next to Prospect Park, Brooklynâs second largest park, and has plenty of outdoor space (and a rooftop deck to boot).
The townhouse sits in one of Brooklynâs trendiest, most desirable neighborhoods — Park Slope — with its leafy streets lined with brick and brownstone townhouses, many of which were built near the turn of the 20th century and have been lovingly updated over the decades by young families migrating from Manhattan. Much like its neighboring properties, the 2,600-square-foot townhome at 15 Prospect Park was originally built more than a century ago in 1915 and retains its old-world charm — but has been carefully updated to meet modern standards of living.
With 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a generously sized living room, and a finished basement, the Brooklyn townhouse also comes with a few rare features for a New York home: ample outdoor space and private parking (that includes a private garage and its own driveway).
The layout is split on three levels, with the first floor housing a large living room and open dining room — both with distinctive pre-war features like classic moldings and arches — and a renovated kitchen that opens up to a lovely terrace.
The second floor is home to 3 bedrooms and a sizeable landing which is perfect for either a library or a home office, while the third floor is dedicated to the primary bedroom suite and its massive walk-in closet, renovated bath with skylights and soaring ceilings, with a separate sitting area/den. The third level also provides access to the townhouse’s own rooftop deck, which adds more outdoor space and looks like a perfect place to entertain guests.
The property is listed for $4,400,000 with Compass associate real estate broker Michael J. Franco.
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If your relationship with New Yearâs resolutions is anything like ours, then things tend to fall by the wayside right aboutâwell, now.
Mid-January has been statistically proven to be the time when all those well-intentioned goals get left behind and replaced with well-worn habits of years past. So if getting organized was one of your resolutions in 2021, there’s a good chance you’ve thrown in the towel and are already starting to see the clutter pile up.
Don’t despair! We’re here to help get you back in the saddle, and we called in the pros for some reinforcement. We’ve pulled together their insider secrets on the easiest organizational resolutions you can actually stick to this year.
Read on for the simplest goals you can achieve, and all the tips youâll need to make it happen.
Resolution No. 1: Practice a daily 10-minute ‘tidy up’
One of the best ways to ensure that maintaining a clean house becomes a lasting resolution is to practice tidying up daily. But it doesn’t have to take the better part of an afternoon. Small but regular spurts of time devoted to organizing can keep things in order.
âThis is perfect if you have kids, or a partner who’s on the messy side,” suggests Afoma Umesi of Oh So Spotless. “Do a 10-minute ‘blitz’ every evening where everyone picks up and puts things back in their place. You can even set a timer, to make it more fun.â
Resolution No. 2: Make your dang bed
If we’re giving you flashbacks of your mother with this one, well, that’s OKâMom knows best, after all. Right?
âVisualize your dream bedroom,â says Ali Wenzke of The Art of Happy Moving. âImagine what it would be like to enter your room every day and have it feel like a five-star hotel. Declutter any items that take away from that feeling, and tie making your bed to a current habit like waking up in the morning. As soon as your feet land on the floor, pull up the sheets and comforter.â
Not only will making your bed please Mom, but it will also elevate the overall look and feel of your bedroom.
Resolution No. 3: Ditch bulky packaging
Weâre all guilty of keeping too many cardboard boxes around, especially in this age of endless deliveries. But one easy way to keep your stuff (and clutter) in check this year is by ditching packaging as soon as you get it.
This is a tough one, and we know what’s going through your mind:
“What if I need it later?”
“It’s a really good box, though…”
“It doesn’t take up that much space.”
Well, we’ve got news for you: You can always find more boxes. And that packaging is killing your decluttering efforts: âCardboard packaging often takes up double or triple the space of its actual contents,â says Amy Bloomer of Let Your Space Bloom.
Beyond cardboard, Bloomer also recommends removing plastic wrap or any other kind of packaging from products (as much as possible) before putting them away. One example Bloomer gives is frozen foods.
âRemove cardboard packaging and label the plastic bag with a Sharpie marker to make the contents easily identifiable,â she says.
Resolution No. 4: Get better at recycling and composting
While most of us have at least tried our hand at recycling or composting, it can be a hard habit to keep up.
âDon’t overthink composting,â says one professional organizer, Caroline Clark. âA mixing bowl with a lid works great, and is easy to move around the kitchen as you cook, and throw in the dishwasher after emptying it.â
If the actual compost pile is whatâs dragging you down, check with a neighbor or even your city council to see if thereâs a communal composting bin you can use.
As far as recycling goes, one of the best ways to ensure it that becomes a habit you can keep is by keeping a bin in the kitchen.
âMake sure your recycling bins are easy to access, without doors or lids that make it harder to put things in them quickly,â says Clark.
If the recycling bin is as easy to operate as the trash can, youâll have no reason not to use it.
By ditching bulky packaging right away, youâll be able to conserve more precious storage space for the things that actually matter.
Resolution No. 5:Â Get rid of your ugly stuff
Weâve all got some stuff hanging around the house we canât standâwhether it’s artwork you bought in college that you thought was so cool back then, or well-intended Christmas gifts that didn’t hit the mark. This year, itâs time to get rid of it.
âThe ugly statue you got from a distant cousin for your wedding? Donât feel obligated to keep it,â says Marty Basher of Modular Closets.
âLet go of the guilt of getting rid of a gift you donât want. This can be hard for people who might see it as an insult to the giver, but the reality is, if you hate it and are never going to wear, display, or use said gift, itâs better to donate or otherwise dispose of it.â
Resolution No. 6: Eradicate surface clutter
Weâre all guilty of letting things pile up here and there, but clutter is especially problematic once it starts taking over every usable surface space in your home. Wenzke gives us some tips on wiping out surface clutter in 2021.
âDeclutter like youâre moving,â she says. âGet rid of items you wouldn’t want to move again. Then, with whateverâs left, put similar items together, and return them to your closets or drawers. The only items that should remain on display are the ones that you love and want to look at every day.â
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If you’re a die-hard Supernatural fan like us, you’re probably still reeling from the show’s finale and coping with the fact that there won’t be any new Winchester adventures for us to follow. But weâre not here to talk about that, but rather snoop into the private life of one of the series’ leading men. More specifically, Jensen Acklesâ house — which we actually think Dean Winchester would approve of.
The actor starring in CWâs longest running show and his wife Danneel opened up their 7,500-square-foot home in Austin, Texas to Architectural Digest, giving us a rare glimpse into the heartthrob’s home and personal life.
As the story goes, the couple was relocating from Los Angeles and initially considered buying a house down the road when they noticed this property (that wasnât even for sale). But since they fell in love with it, the couple went ahead and asked the previous owners if they’d be willing to sell. And since it’s not easy resisting Jensen Ackles’ charms, they managed to convince the owners so the Acklesâ moved on to the next step â- redecorating the house.
To help out, they hired architect Paul Lamb and interior designer Fern Santini and together they came up with some brilliant ideas on how to best revamp their already-stunning new house.
âIt was imperative that the house express the Ackleses — young, bold, and irreverent,â Lamb told AD.
Jensen Acklesâ house, which boasts five bedrooms, revolves around Danneelâs decorating outlook of âmore is more is more!â There is a lot of color, texture, a lot of wood work going on to make it look like a lake house and endless decorations with some of the coolest background stories.
Let there be music
In Supernatural, Jensen loves music. Remember his spontaneous Eye of a Tiger outtake? Still fun to watch! Thereâs definitely more of where that came from in real life, since Jensen did his best to create an amazing acoustic sound in his house.
The living room is scattered with guitars and all across the shag rug lie comfy and colored floor pillows. All this because the couple loves having friends over, sitting on the floor, singing and playing the guitar.
Jensen was excited to talk about one of his favorite features of the house: âThe hand-scraped wood floors undulate quite heavily, and weâve got these giant beams and wood all around that feel like youâre in the hull of a giant ship.â âWhat that does is it creates an amazing acoustic sound,â he continues. âWeâve always had music in our lives, and we wanted to pass on that tradition.â
Jensen’s kick-ass bar
Theyâve taken care of the music, and to complete the ambiance they got rid of the formal dining room (that nobody used anyway) and replaced it with a kick-ass bar.
Placed on one end of the large living room, the bar is made out of black walnut with black and white veined marble. The cabinets were specially made to light the expensive bourbons it holds inside.
The master suite
Thereâs a master bedroom swaddled in Trove wallpaper bearing vintage photography of 1920s opera boxes.Â The wallpaper is covered in sections by Japanese-inspired barn door panels âbecause sometimes you need an audience and sometimes you donâtâ.
The master bathroom has a beautiful
bathtub sitting in front of a large window that provides a stunning view to the
The Mr. and Mrs. own two separate counters, because, you know, it just makes things easier in the mornings; and the inspiration for their master bathroom shower came from an Architectural Digest story featuring a steel and glass shower in the home of Neil Patrick Harris.
Jensen Ackles’ bright, wood-framed home
Thanks to exposed beams, larger expanses of windows, and rich wooden ceilings, the architect managed to simplify and open the spaces. They simply tore down walls to let more natural light into the home.
Jensenâs favorite space is the breezy two-story screened porch that transformed the entire profile of the house; and his favorite piece â a custom long table made using a 2,000-year-old cypress log.
Parents of three
Jensen and Danneel have three beautiful children, so they had to choose the decor and furniture according to their needs as well. It appears that the coupleâs eldest daughter would make a great interior designer once she grows up. The six-year-old girl, JJ, helped pick out all her own bedroom decor.
Unsurprisingly, the kidsâ favorite toy is a rolling acrylic table from the â50s, placed in the kitchen. Everybody loves a happy kitchen!
Jensen Ackles’ home is full of hidden gems
The actorâs house is a personalized, eccentric, yet highly livable place. It was designed to resemble the Laurel Canyon bungalow the couple had once lived in and itâs a testament to the old school, Austin-style lake house.
The space is filled with all kinds of eccentric and eclectic objectsâsome useful, some decorative, some both. The decorations could be found in abundance in Austin during its bohemian period (the Acklesâ are active supporters of local art), as well as in late-60s California.
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A new year is the perfect time for new beginnings, especially when it comes to your home decor. And what better space to refresh than the room where you start each new day?
To provide you with inspiration for your decor endeavors, we turned to Instagram (as we do every week) and we scrolled through hundreds of bedroom posts, seeking out the cutting-edge looks that racked up the most likes. And, as always, weâve got the details on how to steal the look.
So whether youâre looking to bring a bold new look into your bedroom this year, or just to make a few meaningful additions, weâve got you covered. Here are five first-look bedroom trends of 2021.
1. Sage-green bedding
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Quite possibly the easiest way to remake your bedroom this year is by updating the main focal point (aka your bed) in a trending color, like this sage-green linen featured by @homewithkelsey.
âSage green has been a trending color in home decor for years now, so itâs no surprise itâs made its way from kitchen cabinets and wall paint to bed linens,â says designer Andra DelMonico of Next Luxury.
âThe color is soft and sophisticated, giving your space an elegant, relaxing feel. Try pairing your sage bedding with wood grains and other soft colors, like pale yellow, cream, or even pastel pink,â she says.
Get the look: Add some sophisticated sage-green vibes to your bedroom with this Palmer linen blend duvet cover.
2. Midnight accent wall
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Looking to make an even bigger change to your bedroom in the new year? Look no further than this midnight accent wall featured by @mikaswohnsinn.
âBlack is bold, sophisticated, and a bit masculine,â says DelMonico. âPainting an accent wall black can give your home a sleek and modern feel, and it can also bring depth and coziness to a space by reducing the amount of harsh, bright white. Pair your black wall with lighter or bright furniture pieces and accents to keep the room feeling welcoming.â
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Get the look: Bring some midnight magic into your space with this Pitch Black paint by Farrow & Ball, or get even bolder with this Crocodile black wallpaper from Graham & Brown.
3. Black and white tribal rug
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Speaking of bold, we canât get enough of these trending black and white tribal rugsâlike this one from @arrowsandbow.
âTribal rugs are popular due to their geometric patterns and plush textures,â says Kobi Karp of Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design.
âThe black and white style is admired for the minimalistic and monochromatic elements, while this tribal look is part of the boho style, one of the most popular and rising trends in fashion and interior design,” says Karp. “A tribal rug like this one also has an artisan feel to it, which gives it a unique human and cultural aesthetic that people really seek out.â
Get the look: Upgrade your bedroom with a unique cultural aesthetic, including this nuLOOM Savannah Moroccan fringe rug.
4. Iron canopy bed frame
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This trending iron canopy frame from @greywillowdesign is sure to give your space that one-of-a-kind vibe in the new year.
âThe canopy bed has made a comeback, especially during the unprecedented times of 2020,â says Karp. âPeople tend to want to be in spaces that bring a sense of comfort and safety, one of the main features this bed frame provides. The iron material brings a modern twist to a classic structure as well as a luxurious appeal to the bedroom, and a bit of rustic charm.â
Get the look: Bring a bit more charm and comfort into your bedroom with this Bhupender canopy bed.
5. Vintage screen
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We might have saved the best for last with this gorgeous vintage screen featured by @chairishbydesign.
âWith vintage design styles making a comeback, this is the perfect way to add both an old and new design feature in your space,â says Karp. âA vintage screen like this one adds a reflective and eye-catching aesthetic. This trend works because it adds style, beauty, and versatilityâas it can mimic a headboard or be used as a room divider.â
Get the look: Bring some of that romantic je ne sais quoi into your bedroom this season with one of these Claribel room dividers.
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