Prop Stylist Rebecca Donnelly Brings Color to 150-Year-Old Building
Rebecca Donnelly set the scene for Design*Sponge's recent feature, "Creating a New Home Inside a 150-year-old Building" – the building, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and the home-creators, Helen Dealtry and Dan Barry.
"We discovered Helen Dealtry's beautiful scarves last summer," explained Amy Azzarito in her Design*Sponge writeup. "Helen specializes in hand-painted patterns and prints for fashion and interior markets ... [she and Dan] found a completely raw space in Williamsburg and transformed it with the help of architects at Agencie Group. Their goal was to create a home that fit their modern lifestyle and love of entertaining but still respected the history of the 150-year-old building." However, Azzarito added, "all of the original details had been destroyed by previous renovations and a subsequent fire, so they tried to choose finishes that helped the balance of all the new with some old."
"There are many clean and simply designed, modern spaces, and there are also nooks and crannies that reflect that age of the house – like the guest room with exposed beams ... then, the bathroom is sleek and belongs in a fancy hotel," Donnelly concurred. "I liked that there were entirely different experiences in the same home." The prop stylist noted that most of the rooms relied on a neutral color palette, "so part of my talk with [Helen and Dan] was about how we could work in pops of color without compromising their personal taste … I brought in a lot of blue and citrusy colors, based on one of Helen's favorite textiles, and pulled props that reflected that color scheme and might be items the couple would own." Donnelly also asked Dealtry to provide some of her scarves to be used throughout the shoot.
"It was a great project," Donnelly remarked. "I loved the space's design and the objects in the home, so it wasn't too difficult – it was more inspiring."
Photographer: Tara Donne