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Designer Chris Benz's Colorful Brooklyn Brownstone

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Photographed by Nicole Franzen for Lonny.
Feeling Electric
Benz completed the project about three years after moving in — after planning and dividing out each room methodically. 

"I moved in 2014 and jumped into renovations right away," Benz tells Lonny. "I had a binder and plan months before closing so I was as prepared as possible."

"My approach — since I intended to live on-site while working on the property — was to work from the top floor, finish and move down. In retrospect, it really made no difference cleanliness-wise because no amount of taping-off rooms prevents dust and debris from going everywhere!"