GREEN

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which it's loveliness arises.”                     — Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Green is the most common color in the natural world. It is the color of balance, harmony, growth, prosperity, freshness, progress renewal and rebirth and is an emotionally positive color. Green is made up of yellow and blue, so it has the clarity and optimism of yellow and the calm and insight of blue. Physical changes in the body occur when in the presence of the color green. The pituitary gland is stimulated, muscles are more relaxed and blood histamine levels increase. While stress relieving and calming it can also invigorate improving creativity and reading ability. 

To many, Green can be an extremely challenging color to incorporate into your decor.  But with it's many hues and saturations, it can be one of the most useful colors in the palate as it goes with most everything. There are more shades of green than any other color. Ranging from yellow/greens (lime and avocado), sage (gray greens), true greens (kelly), a tinge of blue (emerald), or blue/greens (teal and aqua), there is a shade of green for everyone. 

Chartreuse

A vibrant Green that makes people stand up and take notice. Perfect for fashionistas and trend setters. Chartreuse varies in hue from lime to avacado. It is a color that is halfway between yellow and green and was named because of its resemblance to the French liquers call Green Chartreuse. Pairs well with mid century decor for a vintage vibe.  Try it in small accents like upholstered chairs or make a bigger statement with a bold accent wall.

Saturation and hue can take this color from light and airy to bold and dramatic. We love the use of lime as an allover wall color in this bathroom and as a bold pop of color as the cushioning of these dining chairs. 

Both of these modern dining rooms get a splash of this color, while the chartreuse couch stands alone in a beautiful mauve room. 

Darker chartreuse can have a luxurious richness about it. The antiqued finished cabinets give an upscale vibe to this farmhouse kitchen. With black accents the chartreuse stands out as a rich and expensive addition.

Sage

For those who are interested in a more soothing Green, there is Sage. Sage in it's essence is hues of Green with a gray or blue/gray undertone. It is perfect for creating a calming and natural atmosphere. Succulents tend to live in the Sage family. 

Seafoam

Seafoam Sage is a softer, more spa-like Green with blue undertones. 

TRUE SAGE  

Can be more olive and minty.

Sages are great for all rooms, but we love to use it to inspire serene bedrooms or bathrooms. 

Kelly Green

St. Patrick's Day Green! The name is inspired by the lush landscapes of Ireland and is the truest of Greens with an equal balance of blue and yellow. Whether you think Kermit the frog or 4 leaf clovers, Kelly Green is a bold, energizing color that puts people in a pleasant mood when used well.

Kelly Green is great to use in large or small doses depending on your personality. There is a certain charm the color brings to any room it inhabits. This whimsical feel can lead to a truly inspired room. 

Teal

One of the sexiest colors of Green, Teal is a popular shade of green that is named after the colored area around the eye of a common teal, a member of the duck family. Teal is a very saturated blueish Green that looks fantastic against metallics like gold, copper and silver. 

It's an exotic color that goes well with other jewel tones. It can be overwhelming if all 4 walls are painted teal but it becomes a great accent color for one wall or to make a piece of furniture really pop.

Emerald

A sophisticated color that is associated with the brilliant gem stone it is named after,  Emerald is often used to evoke a feel or luxury, refinement or elegance. It works beautifully in dark libraries or offices with rich Mahogany or even Golden wood.

There's a certain elegance to each of these uses of emerald. Even the fun and exotic banana leaf wall paper exudes a sense of luxury and over indulgent quality.

Our Greens 

Here are some of our favorite uses of the color green in our recent work. click on images to see more about the projects they're associated.

 A beautiful Teal accent wall with an allover stencil.

A beautiful Teal accent wall with an allover stencil.

 Sage walls with Chartruse accents

Sage walls with Chartruse accents

 Updated master bedroom with "Hint of Mint" walls.

Updated master bedroom with "Hint of Mint" walls.

 Mint accents for nursery

Mint accents for nursery

 Pea green side table with gold detail

Pea green side table with gold detail

 Kelly Green coffee table

Kelly Green coffee table

 Turquoise pulls amped up this TV credenza

Turquoise pulls amped up this TV credenza

 Dark sage walls with pink and metallic accents

Dark sage walls with pink and metallic accents

 Teal accent wall with damask stencil in gray

Teal accent wall with damask stencil in gray

Good luck in your adventures with the color GREEN! If you need help with Green or any other color you can always contact us for all your needs HERE. Happy St. Patricks Day!

MODERN FEMININITY

This beautiful 1800 square foot apartment had the beginnings of a stunning apartment in the heart of midtown. With bare white walls and mainly lighter furniture, the beautiful features that had been installed in the home were not being featured to their fullest potential. With the addition of color in paint, furniture and floor coverings we were able to bring this gorgeous space to life.

Before and After

Living Room

The main living are had 2 pieces reupholstered. The large white couch was reupholstered in a rich, plum colored velvet. A lighter purple herringbone covered the mid-century corner chair. A 3rd chair rounded out the sitting area and the fun fur bench was moved to a better spot. The blinds were updated with top up, bottom down shades and the wall color made all of the beautiful built ins pop. 

 Dining Room

This plum rug that coordinates with the reupholstered sofa not only brings a through line from the living room into the dining room, but it also turns the eye onto the olive green mid-century chairs and bench. The wall color draws attention to the luxury built in closets and lacquered credenza. 

 Office

A chair was placed in the office as additional seating and the sage green paint highlighted this oversized print on the wall opposite the desk. A piece of art gave a nod to the client's home town and a club chair and coordinating lamp were added to tie the space together. 

Guest Bathroom

By choosing a rich charcoal gray paint the counter tops took center stage and made the white stand alone tub and tiles pop. 

Guest Bedroom

The guest bedroom was amped up with a warm green. The bedding got an overhaul to reflect a spa like quality and custom art framed the bed making it a retreat for any visitor.

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THE PRODUCTIVE OFFICE

In 2016 the average American spends 47 hours a week at work. So it stands to reason that where you work should be a place where you feel comfortable for eight plus hours a day. Studies show that an office space with good lighting, proper layout, and an aesthetically pleasing design can increase happiness in employees and boost productivity. Productivity improvements of up to 17% can be achieved by making ergonomic improvements to work environments. Loving where you work and how it looks helps motivate employees to work harder. 

Layout

Proper floor plans are essential for productivity in the office. Layouts are determined by the type of work done in the office, however, most people need a sizable work area that remains fairly uncluttered, calm and aesthetically pleasing to stay focused on their daily tasks.  Cubicles are a thing of the past and offices are embracing the use of open spaces and inspiring color. Putting like task employees together as a unit can help boost creativity within the group.

Equally the lobby of your office space should be the first thing with which a potential or recurring client connects. The layout and design of this space should evoke a sense of who you are as a company and how you will take care of your client. Clients are more likely to feel connected to and trust offices with an aesthetically pleasing entry way. 

Lighting

Because the hours of our work weeks have increased, our time to sleep has diminished. Most people get on average 6 to 7 hours of sleep a night and as a result can feel tired during the day. Proper lighting is an easy way to counteract the sleepiness in the work place. 

NATURAL LIGHT is certainly the best source of light for an office space and can actually aid in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder. If people are happy, they tend to be more productive. Overhead lighting, which is found in a lot of stock office buildings has a tendency to aggravate workers. A great solution is to look into Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs that closely mimic natural light. 

Another solution is indirect lighting through personal lamps or other lighting fixtures that might be pleasant to the employee. Matching lamps to fit the aesthetic of the office can be used in an open floor plan. For personal offices the lamp can be more individual and should be pleasing to the aesthetic of the employee. 

Color

Not only is paint one of the cheapest ways to decorate, color is proven to boost productivity. White walls can feel very sterile. Adding pops of color can stimulate productivity. Different colors associate with different feelings depending on the work that is being done in the office. 

RED

Associated with power; connotes strength, warmth, energy and stimulation. It increases the Heart Rate, blood flow and invokes emotion and passion. If you need to attract attention to something in the office . . . it should be Red. 

 

BLUE

It is a universally known color of productivity. It is associated with intellect; connotes communication, trust, efficiency and serenity. 

GREEN

Associated with balance; connotes harmony, rest and peace. It is a good color for people who work long hours as it does not create eye fatigue and helps keep you calm and efficient simultaneously. 

 

YELLOW

Designers and creative employees should have Yellow integrated into their work space. Other associations with this color are emotion; connotes optimism, confidence, extroversion and creativity.

 

 

Of course these colors don't HAVE to just go on the wall as a paint. A nice neutral gray or beige pairs with many colors. You can leave the pop of color to the items in your office like a chair, rug, or piece of art. No need to choose just one. 

Decor

The decor of the office should be clean and directly link to the function of the office. The FURNITURE in the office can be part of the decor. If you have employees who are sitting for an extended period of time make sure that their chairs and desks are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also supportive to the spine. Comfort creates more productivity. A space that encourages movement, and areas to stand and work have also been proven to enhance productivity and reduce restlessness and fatigue.

Art has the ability to connect with clients on an emotional level. Entering a beautiful space as a client provides them with a feeling of comfort that they will be taken care of by the company. The care the company puts in their work space will reflect how the company will take care of the client. 

If it were up to us we would all work outside on a nice spring day. PLANTS or green spaces add a special kind of ambiance bringing the outdoors inside. 

Displaying ARTWORK in and around the office has huge benefits when it comes to efficiency, productivity, and creativity. An impressive painting or a beautiful photograph can inspire employees and lead to generating innovative ideas. Art can add personality and atmosphere to a room. This atmosphere directly affects your employees and clients visiting your office. 

Art can also lead back to branding for the company/client interaction. The companies logo may play into the hues used in the art found around the office. The art can have a phrase or motto that is used for the business. Or it can be a piece that evokes the nature of the business. However you use art in your office space use it to your advantage. Art triggers a deeper connection within ourselves that can be a huge asset to any company. 

By creating natural views in urban areas the eyes can adjust and re-focus reducing fatigue from staring at a computer screen. Greenery can also reduce headaches as well as filter air and remove mold and bacteria.

We're ready to make your office dreams a reality and increase your office productivity between your employees and your clients. 

Make sure to take a look at the our corner office make-over from last year HERE

MIDTOWN OASIS

  Most people know what they like and don't like.  They might even have a great start going, but it's the last pieces, the finishing touches,that really round out a space and make it feel pulled together. Doing this on your own can be challenging. Sometimes it takes a second eye to see the things that will finish a space off. This was the case with our latest client. 

 

This newly built, one bedroom apartment in midtown was stellar.  Floor to ceiling windows that brought in natural light, sweeping views and beautiful hard wood floors were among it's many assets. Though our client had lived there for years, she had never been able to commit to a paint palate.  We happily put together a few soothing colors that made her happy and got out our drop cloths.  A bold mint was chosen as a splash of fun for the kitchen, a warm, clay color for the living room, feminine blush in the bathroom and a vibrant plum in her bedroom with a custom accent wall behind the bed. 

Living Room

BEFORE/AFTER


The living room was meant to be a serene place for relaxing after a long day at the office.  The sofa our client had fit the space really well so we decided to work around that.

 

  Lush pillows in metallic and velvet were thrown in for texture.

 The big statement maker was the stunning wool rug we chose.  It was soft and plush and really tied the room together. A wood coffee table with a glass cut out created a great space to set a cocktail or tray of goodies when entertaining.  

The lacquered bar that our client had felt cumbersome in it's original location so we moved a few things around and carved out a bar area decorating it with existing items and a table lamp to brighten things up. 

 

 Our client fell in love with a damask stencil that we painted in custom colors and framed as a one of a kind statement over the sofa.

  An acrylic table on wheels became a magazine rack/side table and a pair of mismatched chairs flanked it to become a cozy reading nook.

Bedroom

Our client's bedroom was a fun challenge.

She had requested color and we went for it with a rich plum and a custom stenciled accent wall.

  We chose an embroidered quilt and throw pillows for bedding, a pair of new night stands and matching table lamps to round out the accent wall.

 Our client requested a work space in her initial consultation and she loved the antiqued glass desk we found online. It seemed so inspiring to look out onto the city scape below while working.


A hand painted dresser was chosen to replace the large entertainment credenza to create more storage. It was smaller than the original piece which left room for our client's fantastic jewelry collection. We scoured a vintage furniture shop and found a perfect little dresser that we custom painted to make room for jewelry and hosiery.  Adding it to our client's antique mirror and jewelry box created a fun dressing station any girl would drool over.

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And there you have it, another well rounded, personalized apartment. Sometimes you need a little Apartment CPR, turning apartments into homes.

ORGANIZATION OVERHAUL

This upper east side family is a family of four (almost 5), two kids with one on the way, and they were running out of space. The option for this family was to reorganize what they currently had, or move to a larger and more expensive apartment. The closet space in this home was fantastic, but just needed some new, creative ideas to maximize the space. Another issue the family faced is that not all of the same types of things were in the same area. The mother's shoes were in the kids room, some of the husband's clothes were in the entertainment center and because of this the flow of the space was not functioning well for the family.

Entry Way

Upon entry to the home there was a bench that was a catch all for bags, shoes, and jackets. The large stroller that had been housed in the lobby in the past was forced by the building to be housed within the apartment making this space critical to change up. We moved the bench to another area of the house, added shelving and bins for each family member, a longer coat rack was installed for coats and we were able to repurpose their old coat rack below the shelves for added storage.  The large double stroller now has room where the bench used to be. The entry closet was reorganized with taller drawers, and a lower shelf to maximize the use of this space. We also added a chic entry table for added storage and an eye-catching piece upon entrance into the home. 

Kitchen

With a fairly small kitchen space we knew that each cabinet had to be used to it's fullest potential. Most New York spaces are lacking functional cabinet space specifically drawers, so with some creativity we were able to make the kitchen function despite it's smaller size. In addition the flow of a kitchen is aided when like elements are stored next to each other and the adjustable cabinet shelves are change to fit the size of the kitchen's items. 

On the wall that contained the stove and microwave pots, pans, and backing sheets replaced miscellaneous backing goods. Drawers were added in the deep lower cabinet to maximize the space. Tupperware and dried cooking goods were aded to the drawers to free up cabinet space on the other side of the kitchen. 

On the opposite side of the kitchen breakfast goods, peanut butter, jelly and honey and a basket of teas replaced spices and miscellaneous food. A set of drawers were again added for easily accessible kids snacks and canned goods for easy viewing. Larger baking sheets were placed on the side of the drawers and sauce pans were nested on top of the drawers. All spices and backing goods were housed in the middle cabinets and the dishes were condensed into one cabinet by adding an additional expanding shelf. And what's the most disorganized part of most homes? Under the sink. This sink got a huge transformation and now all cleaning supplies are easily accessible in drawers within a more economic shelving unit. 

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Living Area

The main living area had a lot of heavier furniture and we opened up this space by reversing their furniture, losing the 2 large shelving units that flanked the TV stand and moving the filing cabinet to a new spot in the home to create an actual office area with shelving. We were also able to feature some beautiful glasswork, family pictures and sentimental items with some new shelves. 

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The hallway that lead back to the bedrooms housed two great additional closets. The linen closet and a very large closet for the husbands clothing and additional storage. We used the bench from the entry way as a place for the husband to put on his shoes and created a beautiful gallery wall to showcase family photos. The husbands clothes which originally were in two separate places were now all in one gorgeous organized area. Baskets made it easy for the linens to stay organized and easily accessible. The shelves throughout the house were labeled for the family and their house keeper for easy upkeep. 

Bedrooms

In one of the bedrooms for two of their children we wanted to maximize floor space. By stacking the bookcases vertically in the kids bedroom and adding shelves we were able to create useful space for the kids to do crafts. The closet also got separate bins for art supplies, a second clothing rod, and some drawers for additional clothing storage. 

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The master bedroom begged for some sophisticated lighting, which we achieved with sleek his and hers floor lamps on dimmer switches attached to their night stands. The wife's closet got a makeover to accommodate sweater storage and late night baby feeding needs. The older children had figured out a way to hang on the shelves by the TV so we replaced the shelves with a corner cabinet to house their book and TV components. This also cleaned up the cords from the TV. 

This apartment has new life and extra space for this family. It just took a little creative organization and a few specific pieces to make this space functional and decluttered. 

Apartment CPR was totally worth every dime spent. I am a mom of two toddlers with a third on the way, busy! I was feeling so claustrophobic in my apartment with the amazing amount of kids clutter we have accumulated!! I was referred to Apartment CPR and am so pleased with how they reorganized our closets and found more space. They even redesigned our living room a bit so it felt bigger. AND MY KITCHEN!! I can find everything now. All the items I use the most are at my finger tips. In general everything in our apartment has a place and we have space to breath again. Ahhh. (That's me breathing, in my apartment!) This is such a big deal for me because I work from home. I really only get out for occasional errands and weekly date night. So a huge THANK YOU to the CPR team!  And a special kudos for working with my kitty in the house riding on their shoulders and my 3 1/2 yr old daughter "entertaining" them.

 

 

IT'S A BOY!

We FINALLY got the chance to design our first nursery! Because we couldn't get to know our tiny client, who was waiting to make his debut a few months later, we got to know Mom and Dad. One of the first things we noticed in the home is a great piece of art that shows where all the national parks are located. That paired with exposed brick and rustic, re-purposed wood pieces gave us the inkling that nature and woodland creatures would be a perfect theme for this nursery. On top of that Mom is from Portland, OR and Dad is from the Hudson Valley in NY, both known for great hiking , camping and breath taking landscapes. What more inspiration did we need?!?!

 HUDSON VALLEY, NY

HUDSON VALLEY, NY

 PORTLAND, OR

PORTLAND, OR

Our goal was to turn dad's office,  which was an en suite from the master bedroom, into the perfect cozy nursery. 

When thinking of adventure, the first thing that comes to mind is excitement and endless possibilities. A huge factor in designing this room was creating a nursery that could easily transition into a toddler's room. Here are some of our inspirations. 

The crib had already been ordered, so that was the perfect jumping off point. Navy with natural wood grain really set the tone and we paired that with a few other colors to create our palate for the room. 

 

 

 

A wooden plaque we found while shopping that said "Adventure Awaits" became the theme for this room. 

We chose an arrow stencil to accent the two smaller walls to create the illusion of a larger space. By using that pattern all the way up the wall we drew focus to the height of the ceilings. Anne is the master of stencils, so we let her loose to create the backdrop, with help from the family's pooch.

 

The couple already had a leather chair which would be perfect for feedings and story time. We created 3 shelves by re-purposing Dad's old desk to create storage and open up floor space. Mint green brackets held the shelves to house The Hungry Caterpillar, Good Night Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon and Where the Wild Things Are to start our little adventurer's first library. With winter approaching we thought this Faux Fur throw was the perfect item for everyone to snuggle up in or take a nap on.

 

Now for our most difficult and unique task to this space was picking the right stuffed animals. Stuffed animals are no joke, people. The wrong animal could send the room in an entirely different direction! It was like being at a pet store. Each furry friend was cute, soft and cuddly in it's own way. Choosing who got to leave with us was next to impossible. We went with the baby fawn to hang out in the crib and this super soft fox to cuddle up for story time. 

Opposite of the crib and reading area we hung striped curtains. The windows had beautiful moulding on them that we painted white to allow them to pop.  Accents were added around the room to add whimsy to the space. 

While we were on the hunt to round out the space, we found these awesome prints of animals dressed in their best. The artist was also from Portland, OR so it was an added bonus for our muses.

And of course who could forget baby's first antlers. These antlers got a custom upgrade with a mint green treatment to the leather. 

"WE HIRED APARTMENT CPR TO HELP US SET UP A NURSERY FOR OUR BABY AND WE LOVED THEM AND THEIR WORK SO MUCH THAT WE ENDED UP WITH 4 ROOMS COMPLETELY TRANSFORMED. NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE A GREAT EYE FOR DESIGN AND INCORPORATING YOUR STYLE INTO THEIR DESIGNS BUT THEY ARE ALSO ABLE TO WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE AND MAKE IT ALL LOOK FANTASTIC TOGETHER. WE WOULD HIRE THEM AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT AND HAVE RECOMMENDED THEM TO PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE WE KNOW." - DAD and MOM

CUSTOM PIECES

There are two HUGE reasons that custom pieces make sense when decorating your home. 1. You get exactly what you want for the space you have. 2. It's a one of a kind piece for your home that can be central to tying the space together for aesthetic and function, not to mention a great conversation piece. Here are some of our favorite custom pieces. 

Wall Art

These wooden palates transform these walls, creating interesting and rustic statement pieces.

Sets of three custom sconces gave great focal point to their spaces and created fun ambiance with fresh flowers and candles.

This piece was created to add the look of a painted wall. Framing this stenciled canvas provides both art and pattern for the room.

Textiles

This duvet and headboard coincide with the valance and the sheer window panels creating a sense of geometric cohesion through the home. 

Custom window treatments are a great solution to difficult window sizes as well as getting just the right fabric for your space.

These linen panels were hung on this custom curtain rod to create the sense of a larger window by extending the panels outside of the window frame. Hooks were attached to a wooden base to continue the rustic/nautical look of this bedroom. Boat cleat and nautical rope added a touch of interest to keep the curtain panels swaged open.

These elegant, saturated curtain panels added the pop of color this TV area needed for a glamorously girly effect in our Mamma Mia makeover

Furniture

These clients had an area in their studio that was not being used to it's fullest potential. Our idea was to create an eating area, but the bench had to be custom made due to the odd angle of the walls. Here is a step by step look at how we customized the space for more function and visual interest. 

 Another unusual window space gets custom storage from a repurposed kitchen cabinet and extra seating as well as custom drapes to create a cozy nook.

Another unusual window space gets custom storage from a repurposed kitchen cabinet and extra seating as well as custom drapes to create a cozy nook.

These two pieces which were featured in our go-go gadget house make the studio space multi functional. The platform was created to double the space of the studio for living and sleeping areas and this interesting wall art doubles as a place for hosting guests. Click images to see more views.

This custom table repurposed a gigantic cable spool. Round legs were added to create a more appropriate table height and a beautiful piece of round glass was added to create this striking dining table in a cozy, rustic space. Click image to see more views.

SHELVING

Proper shelving in a home can make all the difference. With spaces being tight in NYC, it's really important to use the vertical space to open up the floor space. Shelving also helps keep spaces organized and are a great way to display some of your most prized possessions.

Shelving can be created using different types of material, they can help display elements in your home, and they can also help create and define a space in your home. Here are some fun ways we have used shelves in different spaces. 

 Distressed belts hold 2 reclaimed wood shelves in place for just the right touch in this eclectic space.

Distressed belts hold 2 reclaimed wood shelves in place for just the right touch in this eclectic space.

 A small glass corner shelf was a perfect was to hold this families glass art.

A small glass corner shelf was a perfect was to hold this families glass art.

 This metal shelf is a perfect fit to have easy access to spices while cooking. It also frees up space in the existing cabinets as well.

This metal shelf is a perfect fit to have easy access to spices while cooking. It also frees up space in the existing cabinets as well.

 Black Metal floating shelves create interest with the rest of the decor in this entry way.

Black Metal floating shelves create interest with the rest of the decor in this entry way.

 Mint metal brackets tie the wooden shelves in with the rest of the space and decor,while  adding a small pop of color against the gray wall.

Mint metal brackets tie the wooden shelves in with the rest of the space and decor,while  adding a small pop of color against the gray wall.

Placement of shelves can help draw the eye upward making rooms appear larger and more spacious. These shelve also show a few ways we found to display clients art and decor while balancing the space around the home.

 The length and height of the shelf balances the TV console and keeps the top of the console clear of clutter.

The length and height of the shelf balances the TV console and keeps the top of the console clear of clutter.

 Shadow box shelving was added to this gallery wall to display the clients most prized possessions. Below is a video of us putting it together. Mixing the shelves and art created a fun eclectic look while using the height of the ceilings to their fullest potential.

Shadow box shelving was added to this gallery wall to display the clients most prized possessions. Below is a video of us putting it together. Mixing the shelves and art created a fun eclectic look while using the height of the ceilings to their fullest potential.

 Stacking shelves in this corner, created heigh in the studio as well as a playful and fun way to use an otherwise useless corner.

Stacking shelves in this corner, created heigh in the studio as well as a playful and fun way to use an otherwise useless corner.

 Space above the floor lamp and doorway was used to bring the focus in this area up above the piano for a cool eclectic look.

Space above the floor lamp and doorway was used to bring the focus in this area up above the piano for a cool eclectic look.

Shelving can also help to define spaces in the home. In most NYC apartments space is limited and often a space is used for dual functions. These shelves created function and division for their space.

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This couple had a large collection of musical instruments and teaching gear. We were able to create a custom shelf for all of their belongings and a one of a kind guitar rack. We used the height of their ceilings as well as ingenuity to create their perfect music corner. 

These shelves helped to create a small, but efficient in home office area. Even a small space can be utilized by creating upward storage. 

Even our furry friends can use a shelf or two. This hidden corner created a perfect space to install some shelves for our clients pets to climb on. 

White floating shelves added storage and out of reach displays for these kiddos. By stacking the bookcase and adding the shelves a new play area was created in an otherwise small space. Click to view more images.

This L shape area received custom shelves to make an all inclusive office in this studio. A one stop shop for storage and space saving.

This custom shelving was built to create a long line in a large room and was multifunctional. This rocker chick needed a space to be inspired to write music as well as get ready for her next gig. The dual music/vanity shelf solved both problems while getting that chic industrial and edgy feel. 

One of the most important things shelves can do for a smaller home is to create additional storage and organizational needs by using the vertical space. Whether this is out in the open or in a closet shelves are great solutions to storage problems.

 This entry way received shelves with personal bins for each of the family members. The family stroller now has enough room to store right under the bottom shelf without blocking the door. 

This entry way received shelves with personal bins for each of the family members. The family stroller now has enough room to store right under the bottom shelf without blocking the door. 

These custom shelving units were built to fit the needs of the home. Each inch was utilized to create maximum storage. The shelves are great additions in a linen closet to help sort and organize towels and bed sheets while still being able to easily access. 

FURNITURE FACELIFT

Finding the PERFECT piece for your space can be challenging. We try to focus on the shape and function of each piece and envision the possibility in the final look. Sometimes the best solution is to FLIP IT! These are some of our favorite furniture flips to date. 

Big and Bold

This hutch went from formal to FUN with some cobalt blue chalk paint and Annie Sloan  wax. Click for more images.

This client needed a functional piece in her office that fit in with the rest of her decor. We spiced things up with an animal stencil in a pop of color as added interest.

A retro beach inspired vibe gave these Ikea pieces new life for a client moving to the West Coast. Click for more images.

Classic

Classic doesn't have to mean boring. Here are some beautiful pieces that add a touch of elegance. Click for more images.

Just because it's classic on the outside doesn't mean it can't have a touch of color on the inside. Click for more images.

This armoire was given a classic look to coincide with this client's zen bedroom. Additional molding and beautiful door pulls were added as a touch of interest. Click for more images.

This nursery set was refinished for a new baby girl. Pink and white beaded accents added a touch of whimsy to the bookshelf. Click for more images.

Antiqued/Eclectic

Aged is in! These pieces got updated with a beautiful but worn exterior. It can be fun to get an updated piece with the perfect loved look. They can also add a lot to a space that has a more eclectic feel. Click for more images.

Refurbishing is not limited to wood pieces. These metal stool were sanded to create a more lived in look. The mirror was hit with an acid solution for a more antiqued feel.

Another great way to create an eclectic look is to mix patterns. By keeping with similar color palates and metallics these pieces will go with the others around the home, while being fun statement pieces as well.

Upholstery

When the fabric is not just right or has been worn out, upholstery is the answer! Give your pieces new looks with your favorite fabric. Whether bold or neutral these pieces were updated to fit their new homes with the perfect textile. Click for more images.

MODERN HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR

 When our latest client came to us with her Hell's Kitchen apartment we came out guns blazing.  After her little brother moved out and got his own place, it was time to reclaim her domain and make it the modern regency style haven of her dreams.  She came to us with blank walls and very little furniture.  As usual, we started with paint.  She knew she loved bold, bright colors in pinks and purples but we wanted to give her a sophisticated, curated look not Barbie's dream house. The living space got a fresh coat of light gray that made her moulding pop. It was a nice neutral base that covered over the "contractor yellow". In such an angular space with lots of cut outs we decided to paint an accent wall helping delineate the entry way from the main living room.  Before we painted, a temporary wall was taken down to open up the space.  

Living Room

She loved the sloping lines of the camel back chesterfield we found and ordered in custom upholstery that went with her new color scheme.  Accent pillows in silk fuchsia, fur and metallics brought in the drama we were looking for without being too girly.  Dark, chainmail chandeliers were hung to add a sexy element that flanked the sofa perfectly.  The entryway became a focal point with a clear. lucite accent table and upholstered ottomans that created extra seating for entertaining. Black, laser cut shelves filled out an empty wall and became a mini library.

BEFORE

AFTER

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Finishing Touches

Kitchen

In the kitchen, we went with a "less is more concept" painting a fresh blue gray color though out and mounting a living wall filled with ceramic planters and succulents.

Bedroom

The bedroom went from college dorm to 5 star hotel.  A magnificent, custom upholstered  headboard rounded out the bed.  Rich bedding from eggplant colored sheets to sheepskin pillows created an inviting sleeping space.  Paper lanterns brightened the room without cluttering the rose gold bedside tables and a bright purple chair with matching ottoman offered a cozy reading nook.

Finishing Touches

Bathroom

TINY APARTMENT BIG LIVING

Spotlight on Lauren Kadel of Apartment CPR!

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Below is a more in depth look at how Lauren and boyfriend, ben got CREATIVE when moving from a 2 bedroom into a studio apartment!

 I alway told myself I could never live in a studio apartment. How can you live and sleep in one room? But when an amazing place in Chelsea presented itself, it was time to put fears aside and dive in head first. It can be daunting to walk into a new apartment, see blank walls and not very much space. Ben and I saw it as a fun challenge to get to fully reimagine tiny living in New York. We wanted to use the space to it's fullest potential and not loose any function from our larger uptown apartment. Every piece that we bought and created not only had to be eye-catching but function on multiple levels. I'm taking you step by step through our process and the fun we had on the way to our beautiful new studio space!

BLANK CANVAS

 Entry Way: Bathroom on Left, Closets on Right

Entry Way: Bathroom on Left, Closets on Right

 His and Hers Closets

His and Hers Closets

 Living Room with a View

Living Room with a View

 Studio Living Space

Studio Living Space

 One Side of Spacious Kitchen

One Side of Spacious Kitchen

 Pass through Kitchen Space with DISHWASHER!!!

Pass through Kitchen Space with DISHWASHER!!!

The first thing we noticed . . . lack of square footage. We couldn't figure out how we were going to make this space work for us. The kitchen, closets and bathroom were great size, but the main living area seemed impossible.

DESIGN IDEAS

From my past apartments I tend to prefer a space with a bit more charm: crown molding, arched doorways, brick walls etc. My usual style is eclectic with mixed patterns, antiqued and weathered pieces, and muted color palates like these examples below. 

Because this apartment had sleek architecture and urban surroundings, it called out for bolder colors and more clean modern choices than what I usually choose. I still wanted to maintain the eclectic look I love while honoring the space. It was also really important to create separate spaces for sleeping and living, so we took to Pinterest to find ideas of how to make this space work with our current style and space saving ideas.  Here are some pictures that we used as inspiration to fuel our imaginations. 

OVERALL DESIGN IDEAS

DUAL FUNCTION SPACES

OFFICE, TABLE AND STORAGE IDEAS

CONSTRUCTION

Once the ideas were flowing we picked out our wall colors. We wanted colors that would make the white accents around the apartment pop. I love damask and wanted to bring that antique feel into the home. To make the damask more modern we chose an easy gray for the allover color and used a bright teal with gray damask to accent the main wall in the living space. Anne is a stencil genius and brought my modern damask to life. I also used a stencil on the back splash of the kitchen for a geometric pattern to juxtapose the damask.

Next we turned our attention to the bed/living room area. We're both fairly handy with some tools, so when we were unable to find ready made pieces to fit the apartment we custom built what we needed. 

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The platform was built to accommodate the main living seating, which sits opposite of a mounted TV. The foot of the platform becomes the headboard for our Queen sized bed. For additional storage a secondary space rolls out to the right of the bed. The murphy table can easily seat 4 people and when it's not being used creates a fun piece of art for the apartment.

FINISHING TOUCHES

 Overall flow of the space

Overall flow of the space

 Living Area with L shaped seating and storage ottoman.

Living Area with L shaped seating and storage ottoman.

 Mounted TV sits opposite of the sitting area. Cords from the TV are hidden in the added molding around the pass through kitchen. 

Mounted TV sits opposite of the sitting area. Cords from the TV are hidden in the added molding around the pass through kitchen. 

 His and hers closets are highly organized for personal space and storage.

His and hers closets are highly organized for personal space and storage.

 Pullout Queen Bed in it's "sleeping position"

Pullout Queen Bed in it's "sleeping position"

 Custom made desk and shelves create a separate office space.

Custom made desk and shelves create a separate office space.

 A tall locker is added to the spacious bathroom to hold towels and toiletries to keep the space clean and functional.

A tall locker is added to the spacious bathroom to hold towels and toiletries to keep the space clean and functional.

 The finished table is an eye-catching piece of functional art work. The art is printed canvas' and has velcro to be interchangeable.

The finished table is an eye-catching piece of functional art work. The art is printed canvas' and has velcro to be interchangeable.

 When the table is folded down it comfortably seats 4.

When the table is folded down it comfortably seats 4.

 The wide windows received custom Roman Blinds to add color and texture to the space.

The wide windows received custom Roman Blinds to add color and texture to the space.

 The blinds are able to be drawn up so the view is not compromised. 

The blinds are able to be drawn up so the view is not compromised. 

Bright colors and interesting accents leave our space eclectic, inviting, and shockingly spacious in one of the best locations in New York City. We couldn't be more happy with how our space turned out. It inspires me to think outside the box with all of our clients. 

 

 

ROCK AND ROLL BOUDOIR

We were contacted by this client because she wanted to take her bedroom, which was unpainted and full of furniture pieces from college and update it into a sexy, rock and roll inspired boudoir. After much research, we decided that a mix of colors, metallics and patterns was our best way to go.

The first order of business was to repaint those walls. Dark and sexy was our goal. On the accent wall we did a multi layered crocodile hide stencil, alternating between black and metallic paint. It allowed for extra texture and makes you want to go up and touch the wall just to check if it's real or not.

After we got the walls in order, it was time to build a custom vanity/music station. Hand picked, reclaimed wood and metal pipes were our medium that gave an edgier, industrial vibe to the space. Now our rocker has a space to not only create her music but her look as well.

Finishing touches to round out the space included a rich, green velvet headboard, horseradish duvet covert, paisley sheets , gorgeous turkish rug and two mirrored wall sconces for mood lighting.

Little additions like the vintage skull ring dish and the bronze skull wall hooks also added those little extra pops.

FURNITURE FACELIFT

Often times our clients have a few pieces of furniture that they love but just don't work in their space "as is".  This project was no exception. Our solution is to give those pieces a makeover.

First up was the client's desk. It was the perfect size and had the perfect amount of storage. Finding a replacement piece was not a success. That's when we said let's give it a furniture facelift.

This white shabby chic vibe was no longer going to work. We went with a black and aged exterior with pops of crocodile and fuscia on the interior.

Finding a perfect match to her existing side table was going to prove a challenge considering the age of the piece. Luckily, we had a piece on hand that was the same dimensions and we customized them both to make these two separate pieces now feel like a pair.

 

STENCIL ME THIS

Wallpaper is really trending these days! While we are willing and able to install it, the majority of our clients are renters and removing it upon vacating an apartment can require a lot of mess and elbow grease. As a solution, stenciling is a customizable option that can be easily painted over. 

 Here, the Moroccan patterned stencil,layered paint and sponge technique achieving a textured, lived in feel for our world traveler clients.

Here, the Moroccan patterned stencil,layered paint and sponge technique achieving a textured, lived in feel for our world traveler clients.

This is a great example of what a difference lighting can make as well. The objective was to give a high glamour dark and sexy vibe.  In the first picture the natural light is really popping the metallic paint. When the lamps are lit in the second picture, the matte finish takes center stage.

This project was a blast. We had a studio apartment with a couple different nooks.  The stencil was placed behind the bed to give a real pop and definition of space. The triangle pattern was playful and enhanced the existing vibe of the apartment.

Stencils also create interesting palates for displaying art work or gallery walls. Here, we brought the eye to the high ceilings and created a real focal point for this masculine corner office.

We chose to really showcase the damask by using a light gray on top of a teal accent wall. It brought another exciting layer to this eclectic and well thought out studio apartment.

Our sexy rocker bedroom wanted a one of a kind statement. We chose Crocodile. The mix of paints and techniques we used aided in the feel of a hide or a well worn leather handbag.

So the next time you're stuck with what to do with a wall think... "What Would Apartment CPR Do?"

MIDTOWN COASTAL UPDATE

These bi coastal entrepreneurs spend the majority of their time on the west coast. They still keep their sunny one bedroom apartment in midtown to be able to travel back and forth for business. They are also avid art collectors with an appreciation for playful pieces. We were brought in to take this crowded eclectic living space and make it clean, open and livable. 

The first and most important thing was to prioritize which art we would be using in their new space. We ended up going with the black and white pieces to give off a more sleek, calming feel. All of the bright and colorful pieces were now going to live in their space on the west coast. We chose to repaint the room a lighter blue/gray making the room feel easy breezy. The large, slipcovered sectional needed to be reconfigured in the space.  Since we weren't buying new furniture pieces, figuring out where everything would now live would set the tone for the rest of the room. The metal bookshelf was dismantled and replaced with a gallery wall making their gorgeous, walnut and white lacquer credenza the new focal point. The sectional and ottoman as is would only fit in one configuration. We reconfigured the sectional into a smaller cozy sofa and placed it across from the TV and credenza which made the room more inviting. Their red, patchwork, cowhide rug was replaced with a more size appropriate  blue, over dyed Australian wool rug.  They had many coffee table art books as well as some collectible ones. We chose to display them through out the space as additional decor that showcased their personalities. A bright, sculptural art piece was now replaced with some photographs taken by one of the couple.

To finish up the project our clients had initially asked us to paint their kitchen cabinets. They wanted something to go with their new stainless steel appliances. After some thought and discussion we decided to repaint the kitchen instead of the cabinets. Since we had already done a blue gray on the other walls we decided to go with a rich cobalt. The bright color showcased the stainless steel and made the white cabinets look fresh and clean while still allowing us to bring in the vibrancy that our couple had going on with all of the art we edited. The end result was a clean space that was inviting and calm.

RUSITC LUXE OFFICE

Our recent client reached out to us in order to decorate his Madison Avenue office. This big time executive had a fantastic corner office with sweeping views of the city. He wanted to transform his space with bland, white walls to rustic luxe with a masculine feel.

 We started with a cool, gray tone paint and added a darker accent wall with a black lacquered stencil. The stencil gave the room an edgier feel that complimented the industrial ceilings and exposed pipes. Framed prints of theaters and opera houses were added to enhance the stenciled wall and work related art was hung to add depth and color.

The client already had an awesome rustic desk and leather chesterfield sofa, so we added 2 Timothy Oulton chairs to create extra seating and round out the room.

Most of the "wow factor" is in the details. Fun pieces like a mounted Rhino head and metallic crocodile book ends brought a playful feel to the space. A modern silver lamp brought a warm glow that accented the gorgeous, solid wood credenza we added for extra storage.

The finished product was a masculine office with edgy appeal. Perfect for welcoming clients and hosting after work cocktails.

UPPER WEST SIDE RETREAT

Our latest clients, who are busy professionals that spend a lot of time on the road, came to us hoping to update their upper west side retreat turning it into a beautiful space they loved to come home to. Despite the time they had been in a relationship, their schedules hadn’t allowed them to merge the space into a home that represented the two of them. Our goal was to consolidate their things, and give their entire space an update that reflected both of their tastes.

We started with paint.  The best way to transform a room is with the right paint color.  A warm, neutral gray was used in the main living space and hallways.  It gave the room new life and opened up the space.  

The Living and Dining Room

 

The floors were being refinished days before the installation so we had a blank space to work with.  After paint had dried we moved furniture back in and began re-staging.  An antique trunk that had been at the foot of their bed was moved into the living room to serve as a coffee table. It opened the bedroom up quite a bit and created a nice place to rest a glass of wine while lounging on the couch. A gallery of personal photos took shape on an empty wall bringing a personal touch to the living area.  The couple’s collection of sheet music and paperwork needed to be consolidated and we repurposed a pair of their existing storage cubes, painted them and added doors to create a console for closed off storage. 

Entryway

A mirrored entry way table brought in some glamour and a elegant way to catch mail and keys. A large hutch was replaced by a custom painted bar and was topped off with a fun piece of art and a few quirky accents.

The Bedroom

 

The clients had wanted a more modern restyling in their bedroom as well. Their inspiration was Bill's office from True Blood. Changing the mauve colored walls to a rich, dark gray was the first piece of the puzzle. Heavy damask curtains were added for drama and a blackout effect at night, as well as custom made accent pillows and Euro shams for contrast. Mercury glass lamps and wooden nightstands were accentuated by a hand stenciled wall. Rustic marquee lights displaying the first letter of the couples' names brought in a fun element of light.

Their master bathroom and hallway powder room were given the same charcoal paint that really brought in a new level of sophistication. Mounted boxes built a space for their cologne that had taken up valuable counter top real estate and glass terrariums were spaced throughout to bring a low maintenance bit of greenery to each room. 

We really wanted to give the clients a clean, neutral space that they could add onto as a couple. Something cohesive and personal they could build on in the future.

A KANSAS MAKEOVER OF GRAND PROPORTIONS

Our very first client’s mother visited New York recently and was floored by the work we did in his space. She joked that she would fly the three of us out to work on her house and thus begins our story. These empty nesters who have raised 5 successful men, needed an update to their family home in order to reflect a more current and sophisticated style they could relax and entertain in. The wife actually was considering moving in order to get the home of their dreams. The largest challenge we faced was that only one of us had seen the space for the consultation, all communication after the initial consultation was limited to phone, email and an idea board and that we only had 8 physical days to completely transform the upper floor of their home.

The Living / Dining Room

 

The largest transformation of the top floor of the home was the main living area. All of the blonde pine was stained an antique walnut to create a richness to the existing wood. All the kitchen cabinets, base boards, window casings, and doors on the upper level were stained to create a beautiful through line the moment you walk in. The sitting room was completely transformed. The couple’s old couches were replaced with smaller, more structured sofas. Glass top round tables and octagon leather stools helped to break up the squareness of the rest of the furniture. Crisp white drapes were added to elongate and brighten the rooms. A Hollywood Regency-esque mirror was mounted to clear the top of the mantel which also received the antique walnut stain to tie in with the rest of the updated wood. Modern chandeliers were installed in the kitchen and dining room as well as a new fan to the sitting room.  Using mixed metals and leather accents we created a sophisticated yet cozy glamour to the room.  The couple’s collection of  antique radios and family photos were added to personalize and round out the space. 

 

The Master Bedroom 

The antique walnut finish continued through the wood work in the house to the back bedrooms. Unlike the living room, the remaining rooms that we redecorated kept most of their original furniture. The couple were intent on keeping their master bedroom set. We used a fresh, sage green paint to brighten and lighten the room. From there it was about simplifying patterns and creating crisp, clean lines to showcase the furniture and the wood work on each piece.  The arched window was framed with cream black out drapes and sheer privacy panels to elongate and add height to the room. The walk in closet received floor to ceiling shoe shelves to house a beautiful collection of shoes! 

The Master Bathroom

 

The master bathroom was made into a spa oasis.  A warm, tan color was chosen to compliment the existing tile giving it a new sophistication. Everything else was kept simple and clean using creams, whites and ivories to accent the room. Candles and decorative accents of glass and ceramics were added to bring a feminine, airy touch to the whole room. A crisp white bathroom cabinet was added for more shelving and storage above the commode. The cabinets and laminate were given a fresh coat of white and ivory paint to keep with the spa like theme. Finally a tall, elegant drapery was added above the standing shower adding a level of drama.

The Den and Guest Bedroom

When first looking at the den the space seemed closed off and out of balance. Most of the furniture in the room was on one wall and covering the window and it was in opposition of a huge dual recliner. The room was in need of a cozy coat of paint to warm up the room. The room was rearranged to expose the window, which received more colorful, patterned drapes. A pair of single recliners with a more structured look replaced the larger piece to completely update the space. Family portraits and achievements were hung around the room as a gallery. A new lamp and side table along with pillows and blankets puled the space together as a place where the family can hang out together. The guest bedroom was added at the last minute. It’s amazing what new bedding and new drapes can bring to a room in a flash. A neutral navy and cream patterned bed spread updated the black and white bedding. Complimentary navy drapes and a cream privacy panel added just the right amount of color while keeping things simple. A few cream and white throw pillow and the space is ready for any guest or family member to stay.

MAKING A HOME

At Apartment CPR, having a personal and beautiful space of your own to come home to at the end of the day is our primary goal.  Our latest client was in dire need of that feeling. She had lived in her apartment already for 3 years and couldn't decide what direction she wanted to go with her space. We like to call her "Paralyzed by Possibilities". She has great taste and likes many different styles but can't quite figure out how to put everything together. That is where we stepped in.  After chatting during our consultation we decided to really go for it. Not shying away from color or pattern and mixing in old and new pieces.

 

The Entry Way

 

We re-purposed a secretary desk into a bar, also added a mirror, coat hook, and entry table. We chose some rich purple and gray damask fabric to reupholster what was once an ordinary white bench. To finish off the space we added some existing art from around the house.

 

The Living Room

This room had a lot of space to work with. First we started with a turquoise over dyed rug and hand painted a thrift store coffee table. Above the couch we placed a gallery wall but chose to hang the pictures from the picture molding. Using metallic chains at varying lengths not only saved us from putting a ton of holes in the wall but also helped add to the vibe of the room.  Blinds and curtains were added to elongate the ceilings and add privacy.  Our favorite area of the room would have to be the dining area. The chairs are as custom as custom can get. They were purchased as stained wooden frames with no seats. The frames were then painted a dark gray and then finished with dark furniture wax to add depth and texture. Once the frames were finished it was time to go find the fabric. We went with a flashy stripped velvet to really add a fun pop of color and texture. We vinegar stained the table to bring out the existing wood grain. The pendant lighting was a ceiling fixture that we turned into a plug in with a dimmer. The mirror was a reclaimed piece that we dry brushed with a bit of the gray paint and was then dismantled and distressed.  Last but not least in this room we chose to mount our clients guitars and banjo. Not only are beautiful to look at but getting them up off the floor was essential.

The Bedroom

And finally, the bedroom. Our client wanted cozy but sexy, well she got it. We went with a round, over dyed, distressed rug to round out the floor space. Everything is the room was very square and linear so we wanted to break that up a little bit. Next had moved the client's existing mirror to the entry way and found a gorgeous, leather embossed framed mirror.  Deep plum curtains were a great way to add length to the room and darken it for sleeping. Adding two tall side tables with matching glass lamps was a great way to fill out the room and frame the bed. Over the bed we hung our client's favorite Vargas girl prints and framed them in various sizes. Updating the duvet and throw pillows brought in more feminine textures and just for a fun, personalized touch, we added the "L" marquee light.

All in all "paralyzed by possibilities" was thrilled with her completed, customized oasis.

PARISIAN NURSERY

Our client just recently found out she was pregnant and with a little girl this time. With relocating to Florida they wanted to find a way to update the existing nursery furniture. We were told the new nursery will be Parisian Themed and the color palate will be black, white and pink. 

We sanded and painted an existing crib, changing table and bookcase in a deep black with a satin finish. The icing on the cake is the back of the bookcase which we did in a whisper pink and stenciled on pearls with a white metallic paint.

 

 Crib before

Crib before

 Crib after

Crib after

 Changing table before

Changing table before

 Changing table after

Changing table after

 Bookcase before

Bookcase before

 Bookcase after

Bookcase after

We can't wait to see these fresh pieces in their new space. Stay tuned for pictures