Home Tour: A Pattern-Packed Townhouse in Brooklyn Heights

Working with clients tends to get easier as your rapport develops, but for interior designer Nick Olsen, his long-term relationship with a certain client presented one major challenge: incorporating their existing furniture, most of which he’d selected himself. “A young couple originally from California, very active and easygoing,” Olsen’s clients had been living part-time in a Manhattan rental and “were ready to embrace a Brooklyn lifestyle and aesthetic.” The pair restored a mid-1800s townhouse in Brooklyn Heights, which had been converted in the 1970s to a rental property, and called in Olsen for the interiors—this time going in a drastically different direction.