Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MK1 Transforming Table From Duffy London

Leave it to the wondrous Duffy London to create such an simple yet complex solution for the need for multipurpose transformation furniture. The MK1 is a chunky, yet beautifully made coffee table that easily converts into a dining table with just a few simple moves. Check out the conversion after the jump.

The table can be done in either wood or metal, with lots of options in each, making this quite the versatile, perfectly customizable piece. Xo.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

(Outdoor) Decor Inspiration: Moss Gardens

I can't stop thinking about moss gardens. A few weeks back, there was an article in the Home Section of the NY Times about both the gardens and gardeners of moss, and it's been on my mind ever since.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vertigo Pendant Lamp At MoMA

I was snooping around the MoMA shop the other day, killing time while I waited for the President's motorcade to pass (which kept me captive on 53rd street for a half hour...) when I saw the Vertigo Pendant Lamp from Constance Guisset. It is really gasp-worthy.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: The Completed Kitchen

Well, I have to say, I am really pleased with how the kitchen turned out. Although it is begging for a Saarinen table in the nook in front of that window, I think that the space is pretty good to go. And speaking of the window, again: That view! Replacing the old window with the new picture window really did wonders, no?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: The Bones.

It should be made clear that, while I am showing all the things I picked for this renovation,  I had nothing to do with installing or building or tiling or wiring or painting a single thing. The contractor and his amazing team made everything look perfect and complete.

Part of the trick for me was to make a space that was super stylish, but not too specific so as to turn away perspective renters who might have different tastes. My game plan has been to create the bones of a classic Manhattan apartment, but I also wanted to keep everything clean and modern to compliment the insane Manhattan views.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: The completed Baths

It should be made clear that, while I am showing all the things I picked for this renovation,  I had nothing to do with installing or building or tiling or wiring or painting a single thing. The contractor and his amazing team made everything look perfect and complete. I'm the decorator. You can tell I'm the decorator because when I went to snap pics of the baths, I had to prop them out with towels and a little silver bowl with a flower. Ridiculous. Pretty, but ridiculous.

Okay. Well, I have to say that I really like how these bathrooms turned out. Although it would have been amazing to open up the the walls and really create the luxurious master bathroom we originally intended, I think the final result is really lovely, clean and stylish.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: Finding More Space

Because we took out the wall that separated the kitchen from the eating nook, as well as removing some oddly high-placed shelving units, I wanted more storage for displayable things. Also, any way to add more countertop space to the kitchen, the better.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: The Cabinet Handle Drama.

I work in a business where everyone is afraid to say they are wrong. It has a lot to do with egos, but also there is often so much money involved that inevitable mistakes seem unacceptable. People pass around blame like they're playing a game of Hot Potato. I get it, however, if the responsibility falls on you, accept it and say so. How hard is it to say, "Whoops. My bad."?

RE the Cabinet door handles: Whoops. My bad. (This story has a happy ending.)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: Picking The Kitchen Materials

Now that we knew what the cabinets and appliances were going to be, I could start on finding the rest of the materials. Because the client is not in the country, we used a private Pinterest Board to pass kitchen images back and forth to firm up the direction. Then, I created a design board to help solidify the look, and started the hunt for all the elements (the floor; the countertop; the backsplash; the door knobs and hardware).

Monday, March 31, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: Gutting The Kitchen

Moving from the bathrooms to the kitchen. The apartment's galley kitchen is quite small, with old, outdated appliances and cabinets. The wall that separated the kitchen from the small eat-in area really made this a dark, sad place. The first thing was to pull everything out and knock down that wall. Once that was done, the difference was like a literal night and day in terms of light.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: Toilets.

The funny thing about toilets is that some cost $200 and others can  cost upwards of $2,200. Because we are making the most of the small bathrooms, we splurged  and got these excellent Toto Lloyd One Piece units. I love this toilet. It's funny (sad?) when the shape and lines of a toilet can make you swoon.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: The Right Sink

Like with the faucets and fittings I chose for the bathrooms, I wanted to use Restoration Hardware for the sinks. I planned on using the Park console pedestal sinks to keep my "classic Manhattan" look going, and also they'd give the smallest footprint possible, but the contractor couldn't place them in the small space without the pipes jutting out from the side, ruining the effect of the slim base. Infuriating.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: Faucets & Fittings

I love the look of the bath collections at Restoration Hardware, although I've never used them. So, after asking around, and reading some online reviews,  I decided that was where I would shop. They are certainly a higher price point, but really, they are pretty competitive in terms of quality and style. If you really want to blow through your money, go to Waterworks*.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: The Bullnose Dilemma

So, as discussed in yesterday's post, the tile was picked for the batrooms. The workers started putting them up. The second bathroom was tiled first, and the workers were doing a great job. It is so exciting when it all starts to come together! Then I got the call from the contractor saying that the bullnose tiles did not match in color, which only became clear once the tiles were all up and the grout was wiped away. I ran to the site to see what he was talking about. When I got the the apartment and took a closer look, I panicked.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blogging The Renovation: Starting On The Bathrooms.

So, as I've mentioned, I'm renovating a great two-bedroom apartment in New York City. It's a really wonderful space, although the apartment came with some serious issues that needed serious attention: Popcorn ceilings, small outdated kitchen and baths, old and tattered parquet floors. The client plans on renting the apartment once it's done, so I need to create a space that will be appealing to a wide range of renter's tastes. My plan is to turn the boxy, 1970s-era space into more of a classic Manhattan apartment by creating good bones with elegant and timeless details. Let's talk about the baths, shall we?