Food52 Co-Founder Amanda Hesser Gets Her Home Painted

Interior Design

Our Co-Founder on the Transformative Power of a Fresh Coat of Paint

July 12, 2017

Paint is a powerful tool that has the ability to simultaneously change on its own and highlight its surroundings. We partnered with trusted paint purveyor Farrow & Ball to go behind-the-scenes on our co-founder’s recent home renovation.

Changing up the paint on your walls can be an intimidating task. So many shades! All those tones! How a potential color can live in harmony with the space, along with the other rooms in the house, requires vision and a little daring. But arm yourself with the right tools and a strong palette, and the results can be downright inspiring.

Follow Food52 Co-Founder Amanda Hesser’s journey repainting three of the rooms in her Brooklyn brownstone. First stop? Her husband Tad’s study, a moody space cloaked in a vivid red that, according to Amanda, “didn’t really go” with the more natural tones in the rest of their home. So, they used a beloved Persian rug he’s had for more than 20 years to help dictate the room’s rich new hue.

Next, the perfect shade of white gets chosen to complement the changing light in her living room over the course of the day, as well as pick up on a sweet detail in a treasured family heirloom.

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Finally, swing through Amanda’s twins’ light-filled bedroom to see how they kept show-stopping leaded glass windows from the 19th century the focal point, before she divulges the next home renovation project she has up her sleeve.

Have any memorable home painting projects? Share your favorite tips with us in the comments below!

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Top Comment:
“I was so excited to watch this and it didn't disappoint! The study looks glorious (and I love that you painted it soup to nuts).”
— Amanda S.

Every room deserves a sharp paint job, so we partnered with Farrow & Ball to share how to perk up a workspace with paint. Farrow & Ball makes over 130 richly-pigmented colors that play well with light all through the day. Schedule a Color Consultancy and see all of their colors here.

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Hana is the senior lifestyle editor at Food52.


Heather W. July 26, 2017
You should have some still shots (so I can pin them for major inspiration!). Gorgeous space. THOSE WINDOWS.
Amanda H. August 31, 2017
photos are coming! Working on a story about renovating.
Mrs B. July 14, 2017
What kind of Persian rug is that? It looks like a Tekke, traditionally made by the Turkmen tribe, not a Persian design.
Amanda S. July 13, 2017
I was so excited to watch this and it didn't disappoint! The study looks glorious (and I love that you painted it soup to nuts).
Amanda H. July 13, 2017
Thanks, Amanda!