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Answered Prayers

A former church in Brooklyn, repossessed by a young family, becomes a sanctuary for modern furniture, Op Art, and playful, on-the-cheap fixes.

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Architects tend to catch the design bug young. Few are younger, however, than 5-year-old Io Jones, who has developed a penchant for anything orange. Not that it's surprising given the palette at Io and brother Ray's Boerum Hill home. Parents Perla Delson (a principal at Delson or Sherman Architects, who masterminded the renovation) and Maitland Jones (a partner at Deborah Berke & Partners Architects) have dotted their renovated 1904 building -- originally a milk warehouse, then a church -- with Eames chairs and Op Art in oranges, yellows, and the occasional shocking pink. When Delson and Jones bought the property in 1997, one wall was falling down, and the roof trusses were tipping toward the street. After five months of rebuilding, the couple moved in and completed much of the renovation themselves, painting walls and floors, building tables and daybeds. "It's going to evolve as our needs change," Delson says, "but it has gotten to the point where we're incredibly comfortable here."

To see more of this feature, check out the Home Design issue of New York magazine, on newstands October 7, 2002!


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