Before & After: A Brooklyn Limestone Bedroom

by hookedonhouses on May 27, 2010

Brooklyn Limestone MBR before

One of the first design blogs I read when I started following them a couple of years ago was Brooklyn Limestone, which chronicles the adventures of a couple renovating and decorating their fabulous old house. I love their style and have been in awe of their dramatic before and afters, so I thought it was about time I shared one of them with you.

See that room above? That’s what their master bedroom looked like when they moved in. Looks pretty daunting to me. But here’s what it looks like now:

Brooklyn Limestone MBR after 1

And from the other side of the room:

Brooklyn Limestone MBR after 2

I think they did a beautiful job with it. It has inspired me as I try to figure out what to do with my own bedroom. Many thanks to Mrs. Limestone for letting me share her makeover with you. She says it’s not finished yet, so you’ll have to you’ll have to stay tuned to her blog to see what else she does with it.

Visit Brooklyn Limestone for more photos and details about this room. There are many more fabulous makeovers to ooh and ahh over while you’re there, too!

Visit my Before & After page to see more great rooms!

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Nancy@marcusdesign May 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm

It’s such a pretty room! That large-scale parkay flooring looks incredible refinished!!! And that bay window is to die for. I love the touches of yellow that they used in the space, just the right amount! Thank you for sharing their space with us!
.-= Nancy@marcusdesign´s last blog ..{black & white + dreamy chevron floors} =-.

Vanessa@decor happy May 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm

That’s such a great before and after! They have done so much work on their home which has great architectural features.
.-= Vanessa@decor happy´s last blog ..1st Giveaway! =-.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno May 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Stefanie is amazing. Her design sense and the choices they made are always perfect. She is always saying things aren’t done, but I can’t see one flaw! If only all our houses could look like hers, right?
.-= Sara @ Russet Street Reno´s last blog ..I can smell the potential =-.

Janell Beals May 27, 2010 at 10:56 pm

This is probably the first blog I started following as well, just a little over a year ago. She has my dream home…period.
.-= Janell Beals´s last blog ..Tray Happiness! =-.

Karena May 27, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Wow Julia this is an amazing tranformation. I adore what they have done!!

Art by Karena
.-= Karena´s last blog ..Beth Cosner Designs Jewelry Giveaway =-.

Kim May 28, 2010 at 1:41 am

Beautiful! I love how they stuck with the old style when they renovated the bedroom. It shows that they really care about preserving historical homes.

Kate at Centsational Girl May 28, 2010 at 2:52 am

Mrs. Limestone is a favorite ! I never get tired of looking at her uber glamorous bedrooom. xoxo Kate
.-= Kate at Centsational Girl´s last blog ..Laundry Room: Project Breakdown =-.

geisslein May 28, 2010 at 4:04 am

I really love these before-and-after things! have a lovely weekend! greetings from germany, geisslein
.-= geisslein´s last blog ..Girl´s night with SatC2 and cosmopolitan cocktails =-.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad May 28, 2010 at 6:35 am

I enjoy her blog, too. That bedroom is gorgeous. The hole in the ceiling made my stomach hurt when I glanced at that photo – I have an old house, too.
.-= Trish @TheOldPostRoad´s last blog ..Winner! =-.

kasey May 28, 2010 at 7:09 am

i love it.
.-= kasey´s last blog of now… =-.

Robin May 28, 2010 at 7:24 am

I love those old buildings in NYC. Everytime we go there, I love the ride through all the brownstones to the hotel!
.-= Robin´s last blog ..Garden Tour #3 =-.

Kat in Texas May 28, 2010 at 7:48 am

The basketweave parquet floor is gorgeous. Kudos to the owners for such a lovely and taseful transformation!

Lesley @ The Design File May 28, 2010 at 7:54 am

Wow. This is absolutely stunning. The transformation is incredible. Love it!!!
.-= Lesley @ The Design File´s last blog ..Most contestants already have nice designs =-.

bungalowbliss May 28, 2010 at 7:58 am


Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll May 28, 2010 at 8:02 am

Just beautiful. Love before and after posts. Have a great weekend.
.-= Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll´s last blog ..Just Pure Love! =-.

Catherine May 28, 2010 at 8:08 am

.-= Catherine´s last blog ..A Constipated Brain =-.

hip hip gin gin May 28, 2010 at 8:31 am

Absolutely beautiful! Love that paint color. And I’ve been coveting that comforter at Ahtropologie for ages. Or at least what seems like ages because it isn’t mine yet =)
.-= hip hip gin gin´s last blog ..Priceless =-.

Our Nifty Notebook May 28, 2010 at 9:30 am

Gorgeous transformation!
.-= Our Nifty Notebook´s last blog ..Wordful Wednesday: Happy Birthday, Dave! =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now May 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

Ooh–I like her blog a lot. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen her bedroom before and afters though. :)
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Schoooool’s Out for Summer! =-.

Kathy :) May 28, 2010 at 9:37 am

Hi Julia,

I love Mrs. Limestone’s blog…I have been following her for sometime now and love what they’ve done……they also travel to such exotic places….love that too !!!

I always sign Kathy :) when I comment on her blog but alas she refers to me as anon….

Have a great week-end….any cook-outs planned…..?

All the best,
Kathy :)

Jennae @ Green Your Decor May 28, 2010 at 10:19 am

I have spent many an hour ogling at her amazing remodels, but I have to say, this bedroom is easily one of my favorites! The headboard and pin-tuck duvet look so luxe, and I LOVE the vintage chair in the corner. I just want to move right in!
.-= Jennae @ Green Your Decor´s last blog ..Free-for-All Friday: Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Me =-.

Suzette May 28, 2010 at 10:34 am

I have also been following Brooklyn Limestone for a while – love her sense of style and the before and after pics are amazing!!

Deidra May 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

Yowza! I love absolutely everything about this! Totally! I can’t click away. Thanks for showing this to me…it was just for me, right? ; )
.-= Deidra´s last blog ..Madonna’s In My Head! =-.

Kate (Little Beach Bum) May 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

I LOVE that room! I think (personally) they should have kept the crown molding, because I felt like it balanced out the molding along the floor…but I love that they didn’t try and change the room to be ultra-modern or something – I love that they kept the original look, just spiffed up! And I also like the idea of framing the television in an antique-looking frame to go with the room – I might have to steal that idea. :)
.-= Kate (Little Beach Bum)´s last blog ..Sour Cream Lemon Cake (With Strawberries) =-.

T. May 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

A loving restoration for sure, but I’m afraid I don’t like how they made the crown molding disappear with the way they painted it. Otherwise, bravo.

(P.S. Is that headboard an old sofa? How interesting!)

Samantha May 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm

This is SO my new favorite blog!
.-= Samantha´s last blog ..I think it’s safe to say… =-.

Mrs limestone May 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Thanks so much for the feature!

For those that mentioned crown molding – there was no crown in here, the ceiling curves down into the wall. It’s all plaster and we restored those details. Maybe the before photo has a shadow that makes it look otherwise but we didn’t take anything out.
.-= Mrs limestone´s last blog ..Happy Friday! =-.

Anita May 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Oh my word! That “before” could BE my daughter’s current Brooklyn apt. bedroom! Except hers is in even worse condition :) Same shape, same bay, same fireplace, same radiator placement…her bed is in that bay, right by the radiator. I guess it’s common, but I’m from Texas so I don’t know that much about Brooklyn architecture.

Love Where You Live May 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Gorgeous makeover!!
.-= Love Where You Live´s last blog ..Renowned Photographer Selling Her Own Texas Town, Complete with Homestead and Old Buildings =-.

Pat May 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

How pretty! It looks so restful, it just invites you to come in and unwind.
I love the headboard, it just looks like it would hug you to sleep!
.-= Pat´s last blog ..My 5 Day Weekend =-.

E. George May 29, 2010 at 2:42 am

Hi Julia what can I say B-E-A-UTIFUL… I’m never one short of words but you did it again thanks for sharing… Have a wonderful weekend Regards Esther from stormy Sydney….

Robin Feltner May 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Gorgeous…although I think the room could handle a bigger chandelier. The expanse of the room can handle my opinion.
.-= Robin Feltner´s last blog ..Win Tickets to see Tony Bourdain in Cincinnati =-.

Barbara Jacksier May 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm

With a fireplace like that, I’d have overlooked the ceiling and bought the house, too.
.-= Barbara Jacksier´s last blog ..Blissful Blues =-.

Victoria June 2, 2010 at 4:10 am

You have done such an awesome job!Your interiors are so pretty too, love the bed, it’s Amazing!cute pillows too, very romantic indeed! thanks for sharing.

Juju at Tales of July 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I am in lust with that bedspread!
.-= Juju at Tales of´s last blog ..Contest- Superhero Needed =-.

Menahil December 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

OMG! Beautiful! Love the fresh colors <3

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