Some people are stopped in their tracks by the beauty of a classic automobile. Remembering that it’s not polite to stare, they carry on, but they linger past slowly, studying the thing intently, daydreaming a bit and savoring the chance encounter. At Chango & Co., we walk slowly past brownstones. When we happen upon a modernized, neglected, subdivided or worn down brownstone townhouse, we daydream about giving back the personality, charm and dignity that was lost along the way. When we encounter a brownstone that’s been lovingly and painstakingly restored to its former glory, down to the last precise detail, we feel that our city is remembering itself, permitting itself to live grandly, one home at a time.
This was a beautiful townhouse on a beautiful street in one of New York’s most beautiful neighborhoods, but it had been recently renovated by a builder to sell quickly, which left us with a lot of room for improvement. The family who lived here had everything the home’s interior seemed to lack – lots of personality and a classic, refined style that didn’t fit and couldn’t feel at home in these plain surroundings. They also had a three-year-old girl, and little girls have lots of stuff, acres of stuff, and this house had very little storage space to neatly contain it all. Acting as architect, construction administrator and interior designer, we designed, built and installed over 60 linear feet of built-ins throughout the home, adorned the walls with paneling that arched and ascended up the stairwells, curved through the hallways and into the bedrooms. We then unfurled a meticulous plan of finely detailed furniture, warm lighting fixtures and bold artwork that covered the entire home, magnified the grand scale of the high ceilings, broad archways and added the finishing touches to these comfortable, beautiful and fitting surroundings that makes this family of three finally feel at home.