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Designer Chris Benz's Colorful Brooklyn Brownstone

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Photographed by Nicole Franzen for Lonny.
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One of the most challenging parts of the renovation according to Benz?

"The dust — and constant cleaning of it — is always the bane of my existence while renovating," he says.

"I’m a stickler for a very clean and organized work area, and the constant vacuuming. I went through three shop-vacs. Dusting definitely tested my endurance."

"The other challenge with this house in particular was finding period-appropriate fixtures and hardware that felt modern and un-fussy, without being too expensive."

"I wanted to breathe life back into a great house that had really fallen into disrepair, but I did not want it to feel like a museum."