The goal for this Brooklyn townhouse was to create an open floor plan with a loft-like feel, taking advantage of the large, traditional windows that offer a view of the New York Harbor. The designer salvaged some original flooring and used additional wood from a salvage yard in upstate New York.
This once-bland courtyard now is a showcase for salvaged and recycled materials. The contemporary dining set rests upon bands of reclaimed granite slabs. Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design used blocks of granite salvaged from a 19th century building in Boston as benches in the courtyard, which won an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.
An expert in salvage-picking, Nicole prides herself on being able to renovate and stage a home on a tight budget. Many of the furniture pieces she uses for staging are donated, salvaged from previous renovations or unique garage sale finds, as seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict.