apartment staging

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. 

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.

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.

CAPE COD SUBLET

This client had a situation that most New Yorkers can relate to. He had moved out of one apartment and was living in a sublet until he was able to get a space of his own. The sublet came fully furnished with a dark wood dresser and bed.  His goal was to achieve a light, beach feel while still using the preexisting furniture. 

Before and After

We softened the dark wood with light accents like a crisp, white duvet cover and white linen window treatments. A custom sewn burlap runner was put on top of the dresser to give it a lighter facelift.  A large, woven rug helped tie it all together and give the room a softer feel.

Moving furniture around and adding a beautiful wingback chair and ottoman created a separate seating area that wound up becoming our client's favorite part of the installation.

The crown jewel to the whole room was the custom built driftwood statement piece that we adorned with votives. 

MAMMA MIA MAKEOVER

Elena Ricardo (currently staring as Sophie in Mamma Mia on Broadway) moved into her own brand new apartment at the beginning of the year. We helped her create her dream living room from scratch. It was fun to have a blank canvas and fill it with multiple customized elements for her glamourous girly style. Apartment CPR was there from conception to finish. Elena...my my, how can we resist ya?!

Before/After

Finishing Touches