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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.

TINY APARTMENT BIG LIVING

Spotlight on Lauren Kadel of Apartment CPR!

Check out this blog by Sarah Roussos-Karakain of Nesters!

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. 

 

 

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