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Designer Malene Barnett has converted a Brooklyn townhouse into a far-flung retreat.

Malene Barnett, the talent behind the New York-based carpet company Malene B, dreams of one day moving to the Caribbean. "I haven't picked my island yet. So until I do, I want to live in an environment that makes me feel like I'm already there," she says. Her home has a warm, calm and beachy look that stands out on a block of red-brick buildings. The island feeling literally greets you at her turquoise-colored door.

"It's my favorite color. I love that I get to see it every day. It's also unique because I'm the only one on my block with that kind of door," she says.

She achieved the look by filling her home with creative plays on texture, African contemporary art, crafts collected during her travels and a range of textiles -- all against a calm backdrop of the palest blues and white. "Each piece has a story that reminds me of my trips abroad," she says.

The rundown





Name: Malene Barnett

Occupation: Principal and Design Director of Malene B, a custom carpet company

The space: A large and bright two-bedroom duplex within a Brooklyn town house

The city: Brooklyn, N.Y.

In the details




1. The teal-stained wood floors

"I love how they make you feel like you're walking on water," Barnett says.



2. The West African door knobs

"They're unique because they look as if they were handcrafted years ago. But I bought them at a local hardware store in Manhattan."



3. The mini art gallery

"It's a showcase of some of my favorite arts and crafts from around the world."