A Beautifully Collected Brownstone in Brooklyn

Louisa Roeder Seamlessly Layers Her Favorite Art, Textiles and Unique Lighting in Her NYC Home

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Claire Esparros
08/24/2017

Louisa Roeder has a talent for designing light-filled, casually elegant spaces. With a Fine Arts degree and experience as an art dealer and clothing designer, she has an incredible eye for color, scale and layering; thoughtfully crafting interiors that feel effortless.

For her own home in Brooklyn, Louisa created a calm, sophisticated background highlighted by unique lighting and eclectic art. We asked her to fill us in on her design process and choices.

“I was my own client for this project, so the collaboration went quite seamlessly!”, Louisa jokes.

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Claire Esparros

What was the most challenging aspect of this project?

“The living room layout was most challenging. The room is relatively long and narrow with a marble fireplace in the center, which I knew I wanted to be the focal point for everybody seated in that room. However, that meant the room would either need to be sparsely furnished or there would need to be three distinct seating areas to fill the “dead spaces” on either end of the fireplace. I chose the latter. It’s crowded, but I love how much it cozies up the room.”

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Claire Esparros

Your lighting choices are unique and beautiful. Do you have go-to vendors for lighting?  

“All of the lighting was designed in collaboration with Paul Pisanelli. We met five years ago at Brooklyn Flea, where I was admiring one of his original light fixtures. I commissioned a slightly different version of that piece from him, and the process went so well that we wound up doing all of the light fixtures together. He’s wonderful to work with.”

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Claire Esparros
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Claire Esparros

My design philosophy incorporates what I call “eclectic layering”. It’s the the idea of layering rugs on floors, tables on those rugs, and books and accessories on those tables. Multiple layers create not only warmth and character, but also versatility, which allows me to swap in new layers when I discover new things that I love.  Louisa Roeder

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The artwork in your home is stunning and creates wonderful focal points in each room. Any tips for our readers on selecting art?

“I’d say buy what you love and not what you think makes for a good investment. I place original works by up-and-coming artists alongside photos and postcards of sentimental value. The only common thread is a love for each item and a willingness to blend them together.”

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Claire Esparros

The kitchen is one of our favorite rooms in your home. What was the inspiration? How did you blend form with function?

“My kitchen connects to my patio and backyard, so it gets a lot of foot traffic when people come over for food or drinks. Given its central location, I wanted the kitchen to be warm and welcoming, which is why I knocked down the original wall and installed a big, bay window to pipe in as much natural light as possible.” 

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Claire Esparros

We love how you have balanced historical architecture with modern fixtures. What are some things to keep in mind when mixing periods and styles?

“I like to incorporate trends in noncommittal ways. The modern fixtures are all relatively easy to swap out. It’s important to blend the different styles throughout each room so no one thing stands out too prominently. For example, in the kitchen, the window frames are black as are the light fixtures so they don’t look random.”

A Bohemian Brownstone in Brooklyn | Interior Design by Louisa Roeder | Photography by Claire Esparros | Modern Sanctuary | Stairway Inspiration | Traditional Stairway | Art Inspiration | Lighting Inspiration | Modern Lighting | Modern Sconces
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A Bohemian Brownstone in Brooklyn | Interior Design by Louisa Roeder | Photography by Claire Esparros | Modern Sanctuary | Stairway Inspiration | Traditional Stairway | Art Inspiration | Lighting Inspiration | Modern Lighting | Modern Sconces
Photo by:
Claire Esparros
Photo by:
Claire Esparros

The den is my Modern Sanctuary. It feels womb-like, especially in winter when I want to escape the cold and bask in front of a glowing, orange fire.  Louisa Roeder

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Claire Esparros
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Claire Esparros

The welcoming guest bedroom and bathroom are beautifully decorated with blue, red, and pink hues.

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Louisa’s bedroom is tranquil, with a great lounging space and a fireplace to cuddle up near on cold winter nights.

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Louisa seamlessly blends old and new, color and texture, bold and restful art to create her lively, comfortable home.

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Meet the designer Louisa G. Roeder
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Born and raised in London, Louisa’s unique background and sensibility marry a deep, keen knowledge of art with the technical draftsmanship of designing garments. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Art History and Fine Arts, and spending several years at Sotheby’s, she co-founded Guy French, a line of tailored jackets for women that attracted the attention of the New York Times and Women’s Wear Daily.

In 2013, after years of turning her artistic eye to interiors as a side gig for friends and in her own apartments, Louisa was one of the first designers to join Homepolish.There she honed her talents and broadened her client base, enabling her to turn interior design into her full-time passion.

Louisa’s signature spaces are polished and practical, lovely and livable – and always a touch of whimsy. Through her painterly lens, she sees the potential in the unusual: pairing modern pieces with vintage and family heirlooms to create a unique look that’s totally personalized for her clients. Given her background, she naturally has a strong focus on wall art, sourcing works from a wide base of emerging and established artists.

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