Modern Becomes Eclectic in This Renovated Brooklyn Townhouse

Modern Becomes Eclectic in This Renovated Brooklyn Townhouse

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By Elaine Louie / Photos by Emily Andrews
A designer couple bring work home, refashioning their home with a studied eye.

When interior designer Merrill Lyons and Charles Brill, a cofounder of lighting design company Rich Brilliant Willing (RBW), purchased a derelict 1901 three-story brownstone in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2014, they came into the property well rehearsed in the art of renovating a home. Both graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, they had bought and gutted a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan in 2009, two years after they met.

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