As some of you may know, my husband and I have recently moved into a new place in New York City. We are thrilled to have an updated, warm and quiet space. I wanted to share pictures of it in progress and then I’ll post the afters as they happen. I’ve found that it’s WAY HARDER to do my own space. I know too many great vendors and want to use them all!
A bit of background on the place. It was built in 1910 and the last owners updated the kitchen & dining area before moving. It is a duplex, which in NY means the unit is two floors, not side-by-side. It has a great layout for entertaining our friends and family. The first floor consists of the kitchen, dining, living, main bath and a great little patio out the back door. Down a tight, little spiral staircase is the basement consisting of two bedrooms and a half bath.
Giang and I live very casual lives. We love being home and entertaining which means lots of cooking. We tend to use what we have until it falls apart. We don’t like having lots of tchotchkes around and prefer a pretty low maintence home.
The kitchen is small, but we have a Wolf! It beats our last stove that was so uneven that we had to prop up the burners with aluminum foil “pads” so that the pans would be level. I probably won’t be doing much with this room but it needs a rug and a shade to for the window by the dishwasher.
The dining room is one of my favorite rooms. It’s large and comfortable. I love that they hide the refrigerator in the wall of cabinetry (far left). The center of the cabinetry was this strange, large cabinet. We didn’t want a TV so we made it into a bar. I painted the inside red and built the small bank of drawers to store more utensils and charge our iPad. The dining table was built by yours truly out of reclaimed NYC water tower wood and I found the legs locally. The last bit to do here is find art for the wall. We painted the core color a pale yellow you see pictured.
The living room is probably one of the few rooms that came together quickly. Our furniture came with us from Denver and we added the coffee table by Palo Samko. We plan on relocating and hiding the TV in a wall at a later time. The wall of photos were taken by Giang and I on our travels around the world. We selected pictures that are serene yet graphic. Some of the shots are recognizable, some are not.
The main bath will become more of a powder room (without removing the shower) once we finish the basement bath. The basement bath will add much needed storage for all our toiletries so we can remove them from the main bath that everyone sees. I plan to put carrara mosaic on the floor, install an interesting vanity with some storage, add better lighting and replace the mirror and toilet.
Our little staircase to the lower level.
This is where it happens! The dreaded office. It’s only dreaded because it is the room I spend the most time in and will likely be the last to be complete. I thought about doing a large built-in but they realized I wanted the space to function differently so the plan is: I want to make this room come to life. It’s DARK! There isn’t much natural light so color and accessories are where it will happen. I’m currently making a long desk to replace the existing one we have. This will split my husbands space from mine and not protrude so far into the room. I’ll also be making new storage pieces to replace the plastic ones. Also on the drafting board is a plan for a large magnetic chalk board with a high gloss white frame so that I can post even more inspiration pictures. And let’s not forget, we need wallpaper or paint! Behind the door is a little temporary book case made out of wine boxes. I recycled a shoe storage rack on the back of the door for storing fabric samples, samples and paint decks.
The master bedroom is also a work in progress. We have two bikes that are currently residing in here and I need to find them a better home. Art above the bed is a must! Another project is building nice night stands…but, as we all know, all in time!
Basement bath as is. The cabinet is being made and I’m selecting the top today. This should be done within the next few weeks. Yippeee!
It’s patio season. We are working to finish the patio in the next couple of weeks as well. We’ve found some dining chairs, have all our pots, have a rug ordered so now it’s just a matter of planting all the greenery. I’ll post pictures on Facebook and Twitter as these projects come to life.