Feng Shui Lightens a Brooklyn Loft

Tired of her shadowy, closed-in flat, a New York mom wanted a new appearance to give her and her twin toddler girls a new start. Once a Brooklyn warehouse, this space had amazing brick walls and beamed ceilings that had been covered by Sheetrock. Interior designer Reiko Gomez stripped down the space to make it feel as a attic again and implemented feng shui principles to give both the customer and her home a new life.

at a Glance
Who lives here: Amom with twin toddlers
Location: Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1,800 square feet; 2 bedrooms, 2 baths

Reiko Feng Shui Design

“A lot of the remodel was really about eliminating,” says Gomez. “We removed walls, ceilings — all that had been needlessly added on, we took away.”

Dining table: client’s own; seat: Crate & Barrel; seats: Anthropologie; purple rug: One Kings Lane

Reiko Feng Shui Design

The apartment faces north and has windows on just 1 side, so Gomez opened this up as far as possible.

A preceding wall between the living area and master bedroom had established a long, dark and stifling space. So right off the bat, she tore it down to make a single well-proportioned room. “It isn’t very good feng shui to chop a space and limit its natural chi flow,” she says.

Reiko Feng Shui Design

Gomez tore down the older Sheetrock walls to expose the majority of the home’s original brick. However, of course, not all of the brick looked better in the beginning. She painted to give the brick a classic appearance and hide odd discolorations.

Gray rugs: vintage

Reiko Feng Shui Design

Taking away the Sheetrock presented an unanticipated problem: lots of plumbing. Exposing the ceiling and walls additionally showed a tangle of pipes and gas lines. Gomez had many rerouted, painted others whitened and utilized a few as a creative element — such as the aluminum piping close to the TV.

Coffee table: timber, client’s own; sofa: Restoration Hardware

Reiko Feng Shui Design

The kitchen and appliances design already worked well for the customer, so minimal changes have been needed. Gomez simply added a custom concrete island — an affordable choice to help stay within the budget — and also industrial pendant light for a bold appearance.

Island shirt: custom by Concrete Atelier; pendants: Barn Light Electric; bar stools: client’s own; array, hood: Wolf

Reiko Feng Shui Design

Once revealed, the wooden beams on the ceiling hung almost 16 inches down. Too many overhead beams make for bad feng shui, so Gomez adjusted them so that just 4 inches of every beam now hangs down. This also created room for added recessed lighting between the beams.

Couch: leather, Anthropologie; desk: Restoration Hardware

Reiko Feng Shui Design

The open space originally made it difficult to find a spot for the master bedroom. But the customer didn’t desire her massive walk-in closet, so Gomez turned it into a sleeping alcove. Velvet drapes and an arched opening allow it to be extra intimate and cozy.

Wallpaper: Timorous Beasties; chandelier: Anthropologie; bed frame: client’s own

Reiko Feng Shui Design

Now the client’s closet is located behind classic French doors in built-ins around the corner from her bedroom. Gomez had these beautiful worn-down doors shifted to function as closet doors.

Doors: Eron Johnson Antiques

Reiko Feng Shui Design

The customer wanted an office place within this bright corner, however it’s bad feng shui to have your back to a corner that juts out. To make it work, Gomez round the corner, and also the customer found a round desk that imitates the corner’s shape.

Reiko Feng Shui Design

The dining room area now sits directly down the hallway from the loft’s front door. “I believed that by putting the dining area within the line of front door, you would have the wow instant of seeing the chandelier once you enter,” Gomez says.

Chandelier: French classic, 1stdibs

Reiko Feng Shui Design

The twin girls’ room originally had no windows, natural light or air flow. Custom made transom windows that open solved all of those issues, and Gomez had a new ceiling fan set up to help new air filter through the space.

Wallpaper: Ferm Living; ottoman: vintage

Reiko Feng Shui Design

A wall of cabinets in the girls’ room provides storage without consuming much space. Gomez even integrated the radiator within this custom piece.

Your turn: Show us your attic renovation!

Next: Explore more great attic designs

See related


Guest Groups: Signature Pieces With Personality

With a new year comes an overview of what’s functioning in a single home and what is not. Spring cleaning is right around the corner, so why not begin taking a look at the furniture which works well and allow you to feel right at home? Adding signature bits to any area is a means of letting your personality shine through without saying a word. By striking the right balance of work and style, every room in the home has the potential to become an extremely chic sanctuary that you enjoy coming home to each and every day. — Shannon from The Simply Luxurious Life


Bakairi Armchair

With retro glamour, this upholstered seat would be perfect in the bedroom because you sit down to strap onto your favorite heels to get a much-deserved night in the city.

Boca do Lobo

Amy Floor Lamp

As a tribute to Amy Winehouse, this reading lamp surely makes its own announcement.

ABJ Glassworks

The Companion Lamp – $240

Perfect for the desktop, this handmade lamp sends mild glancing around the room and produces a very unique setting. Additionally, it is a beautiful sight to see.

F. Schumacher & Co..

Chain Link, Flax

With this powerful print in a muted tone, then you can surely add some colour to your interiors.

Lamps Plus

Mary McDonald Annika Blush and Cloud Lotion Accent Lamp – $428.95

I must admit that I thoroughly enjoy Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, and interior designer Mary McDonald’s lamps are something to covet. They may be investments, but they include that regal finishing touch.

Benjamin Rugs and Furniture

Robert Abbey Mary McDonald Directoire Table Lamp 2550B – $382.95

Brass and black make for a rich and regal statement piece that could easily work as a focus within a bedroom or an office.

Boca do Lobo

Diana Floor Lamp

A contemporary touch with design and ample lighting produces a conversation starter instantly and is ideal for decorating a private office or reading area.


Apis Dining Table

This java table is functional and stylish. Decorating the home takes time, but integrating elements that show a glimpse into your character turns your home into a genuine refuge.


Brass Pillar Holder – $118

On a tabletop or by the fireplace, this brass pillar is sturdy and enchanting.


Maasai Seat Sofa

A retro love chair in a little apartment will add comfort and style without consuming too much space.

Lamps Plus

Contour Crystal Pendant Light – $349.99

I am a lover of chandeliers. They involve carrying a bit of a risk, but I have never heard any complaints.

F. Schumacher & Co..

Beaded Scroll, Pewter

I recently have been making a list of upcoming decoration projects, and one would be to wallpaper my hallway. A wall of texture can make a very signature existence and surely be well worth the effort.

Lamps Plus

Glass Column Contemporary Pendant Light – $299.99

Pendant lighting melds together simplicity with some elegance.

F. Schumacher & Co..

Damask Floreale

A subtle yet rich wall covering adds an empowering addition to any room.


Baltimore Classic Cord Pendant – $170

Hang one or a few of those pendant lighting for a special approach to light any room.


Scalloped Rectangle Mirror: – $258

Above a games console table, vanity or dresser, a exceptional mirror serves two purposes — function and style — that is informed buying power.

French Cab

Jacques Adnet Modernist Lamp

Coppered brass decorates a desk or tabletop with no need for additional accessories.

Dania Furniture

Paramount Sofa

A complete, solid, upholstered sofa in a neutral tone permits the homeowner to decorate with pillows and throws.

Herman Miller

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman – $4,499

An Eames lounge chair conjures memories of Frasier reruns. Put one on your office, library or any place you please — you have made it if you can afford it.

Dania Furniture

Sole Dining Table

Enjoy Mad Men? Then you might just enjoy this retro-esque table. Having a lacquered shine and a solid base, it will fit as many individuals as you want around to dine and also will foster lively conversation with your meal.

Next: 13 Ways To Be Happier in Your House This Year

See related