custom wall painting

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.

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. 

Platform During.jpeg

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. 

 

 

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.

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