An old floor of earthy geometric tiles rescued from a razed church adds soul to a period-look row-house kitchen.
By Brian D. Coleman
In their New York City brownstone days, serial renovators Robert and Cortney Novogratz wanted to make the infill house (which they designed and built on a vacant lot in Soho) family-friendly while preserving the area’s 19th-century feeling. A large kitchen/dining space makes use of salvaged treasures: a bar from Ohio, a rose window from France. The retro-style zinc countertops were made for them in Paris. But something to tie it together was missing. Then Cortney came across an original geometric-tile floor that had been removed from a Victorian chapel uptown. Cortney bought the entire lot of individual tiles. Read more.