Fashion Designer, Ulla Johnson’s, Light-Filled Brooklyn Home

Aug 9

It’s amazing to see what a fashion designer will do with their home design, and Ulla Johnson’s home is beautifully layered, light-filled, elegance–just like her signature dresses.

Everything in Johnson’s home is selected, handmade pieces from all parts of the world, playing into a perfect harmony of texture and color to create an artist’s true family home.

Johnson and her husband renovated their 19th-century Brooklyn townhouse with the help of Elizabeth Roberts Architecture. The interior design was done by the talented Alexis Brown, who also designed the Ulla Johnson shops; Brown has a way of authentically mixing the most unexpected colors and textures–she’s iconic and the best-kept secret in design.

Take the tour in Architectural Digest’s recent shoot, and find more details on Editor in Chief, Amy Astley’s Instagram.

The restoration of the original molding in the family room was worth salvaging as it gives honor to old-world craftsmanship.

These master bedroom walls are the perfect plaster-colored blush.

The calacatta vagli marble island is the focal point of the kitchen, but more importantly this is the perfect space for sitting around the table for family dinners, because there is no overhang as in most traditional kitchens.

Every element of this master bathroom is warm and soothing. Although it’s porous, the travertine is beautifully natural and worth the maintenance as it exudes nature.

Hand-stenciled cabinetry in the master dressing room by artist, Ashley Zangle, gives it a unique global feel.

I love built-in bookcases to ground the space. The colorful books on these shelves are a fun pop of color.

Johnson in the garden with her children. The garden was planned by Miranda Brooks, known as the garden whisperer, as she artfully cultivates a garden that looks like it’s been there perfectly kept for hundreds of years.

My Signature Staircase Design

Aug 3
One of my favorite projects when I renovated my home, was doing the dreamy, white staircase. It brought light to a dark space in the most incredible way – and that is my specialty. When natural light opens up what was once a dark space, it’s an uplifting surprise.
It’s been wonderful to see how interior designer, Sue De Chiara, transformed her beach house with the white staircase and lucite railing. Check out the before and after pictures below.

Some before scenes of my staircase here below. You’ll see the blue paint coming through in the progress of the non-white paint.

When I designed the staircase, I chose paint instead of a rug – so I would be able to easily wipe the stairs clean and I love being barefoot in the house, so the painted runner feels more natural.

The finish is a gloss by Fine Paints of Europe, verses other finishes that would wear poorly over time. Everyone thinks it’s white paint, but it’s a gray blue color I love.

The lucite handrail, unlacquered brass details and tempered glass give it a light and airy feel that is still classic and sophisticated.

Alyssa Rosenheck

You can see more of my home featured in ElleDecor, where I talk about my inspiration for coastal design and my vision behind each room.