interior design

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.

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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.

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Bathroom

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.

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

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