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UES NYC Apartment Reno, Decoration & Staging

Out of 2020 I finished my first full apartment design, renovation, and staging under my own label. Though I know this is a small accomplishment to some, it is something I am very proud of! And there were many fun design challenges in the process.

The Home Office

The part of the apartment I truly covet, second only to the kitchen: the home workspace. But this workspace has a few tricks. Scroll down to see the Murphy bed in action!

I know, I know: we’ve all seen enough of our own home work station. That being said, this one has a few tricks, not to mention it was a perfect desk to work at while we were staging the apartment. From firsthand experience, this desk makes a wonderful flower arranging station (which is also a great way to decompress from the stress involved in a construction project). Complete with task lighting from a pendant above the outlet and data ports to the left, this is truly a flexible work station/crash pad that is ready for any of your living requirement surprises through the next few years.

And You Thought It was Just a Desk…

In case you’re curious on how the Murphy bed folds down, I made this video. I decided to enclose a video because every time I showed someone how the bed worked, they took out their camera to capture the transformation. It was one element that my photography skills would not be able to catch. The Murphy bed unit is sold at Resource Furniture.

And the Fun Side of the Home Office!

Living room with our first custom-designed light fixture. A large vertical source of light running from floor to ceiling, it evokes the design of the pendants throughout.

The living room is on the other side of the workstation so you can set up the Murphy bed as a day bed and make your work room into a swanky after hours lounge. Space is just too valuable in NYC not to have a little flex built in. Note that the terrace wall has a large set of lovely windows and a huge double door so that you can step out and take in the south-facing view.

Creating new flower arrangements was a great way to meditate away 2020’s stresses. Look forward to more staging projects!

Above is the view that greets guests as they step back inside from the sun-drenched terrace, cocktail in hand. This is the real axis of the whole apartment as it is where the living room, bedroom, and the large terrace all meet. As such, it needed a special moment created through decoration. We decided on a flower arrangement and a console table, but a bench would also be a lovely option.

My Favorite Place: the Kitchen!

I love to design kitchens and it’s no secret that it’s due to my love of cooking. This design formed a compact ‘work triangle’ without being stingy in any way.

Due to NYC building code requirements, whatever kitchen layout you have is the one you are often stuck with. I believe that we were lucky that the layout of this kitchen was very functional. You can imagine the working triangle being formed with food storage by the refrigerator (which I might add is a beautiful Viking appliance, as is the range). The cooking space consists of the stove and the countertop to its right. The sink and dishwasher complete the third arm of the working triangle as the cleaning area. Not to mention, the white lacquer cabinets along with the Carrera marble countertops simply look stunning.

Upon first entering the apartment, guests view the lovely dining area and the glass door that opens onto the ‘cocktail terrace.’

Pictured above is the dine-in portion of the dine-in kitchen. Although the kitchen island was designed as the ideal breakfast spot, I also found it a lovely place to do some quick work on my tablet. And with the large windows and beautiful Runtal radiators, what is not to love? The space is both cool and cozy: no better place to have your coffee in the morning or a smoothie after sweating it out doing yoga on the terrace.

Shot #1 of the terrace. This one’s dirty little secret? All the plants are fake! But they really do give the illusion that you’re lounging in a lush jungle even in the thick of a NYC autumn… Just ignore the shivering and the chatter of your teeth.
Shot #2 of the terrace. This corner is a comfortable private lounge. It really feels like an outdoor drawing room.

Floor Plan (as I am a Draftsman/CAD Nerd)

Here is the floor plan for good measure.

As you can see above, the layout is a little tricky as it wraps around a fire stair. Fortunately, it does not suffer from the typical bottlenecks as it has closets, built-ins, and windows in all the right places. As a result, this apartment is split into three different sections: the dine-in kitchen, the living room/terrace entertaining area, and the private bedroom/dressing area. This spacious penthouse apartment becomes a luxurious one-bedroom and as ideal as it gets as a pied-de-terre. Either way, I’ll sign off with these last two photos.

Here’s the private bedroom. Just in case lounging in bed wasn’t relaxing enough, we also set up a chaise-longue for reading the morning paper or you know… enjoying an afternoon martini.
Wow, looks like you made it all the way to the end. Try saying ‘teeny-tiny martini table’ five times fast after three martinis (without spilling the fourth… whoops)!

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Ode to the small projects

Small but not small in our hearts, it’s the tiny projects that keep us going, help us to learn and give us a foot in the door when it comes to trying something new. Sure they may not be big , but without them, I can honestly say there would be no way to take on the big projects. Hopefully you enjoy them!

Upper West Side Kitchen NYC

entry of the galley kitchen in a lovely Upper-West Side of Manhattan apartment

For example, one can see a small kitchen renovation project. This kitchen was initially many years paster an overhaul. It went from being a largely inefficient utilization of space to being modern, stylish, having plenty of workspace for a kitchen its size, and on top of all of that have a washer/dryer set installed. I would be happy to cook a meal in this kitchen. Note lovely barn sink and practical and practical subway tile backsplash.

Upper East Side entertainment room NYC

Luxury media room / office rework in the Upper-East Side of Manhattan

Another example was this design of this TV wall unit. The scope expanded from designing and building the cabinet to overhauling the whole room: new light fixtures, new fireplace, new wallpaper, and refurbishing the office space cabinets. The most unique feature of this wall unit includes a wire mesh fascia to allow the hifi AV air circulation keeping the electronics cool no matter how loud you play the music out of these lovely speakers. Keeping the speakers as close to seated ear-level as possible, you really get grabbed into whatever TV show you are watching or music you are listening to. I pushed the client a little towards asymmetry to allow for a more whimsical display of their art and books. We also lucked out as the client had the perfect piece of art to hang over the brand new mantle. Either way, don’t assume that any job is too small for me: just reach out and we will discuss!