From New York Magazine - 10/19/2009
Cover story: Home Design Before / After, Fall '09

WAS: Dilapidated room in a Prospect Heights brownstone.
IS: Master bathroom with a working fireplace

Is it a minimalist study that happens to include a large tub? Or a master bathroom with a little extra space to work? How about both? As designer Elizabeth Roberts was laying out out plans to gut-renovate a late-nineteenth-century brownstone in Prospect Heights, she chose to open up the second floor to accommodate multiple functions. It included a space for bathing (ideally by the light of the flickering fire) and a nook next to the windows for working. 
Elsewhere in the home bought three years ago by the Martin family. Roberts restored original architectural detail like the wood paneling, stair rails, and pantry. But here she went with a distinctly modern touch, replacing he old oak floors with bamboo, which responds well to dyeing. She also removed the original wood mantel in favor of a marble one found at Olde Good Things, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, that looks as if it's always been there.