57th Street

In the Upper East Side we encountered this beautiful apartment from my clients. Although the location and the architecture is amazing, this client is renting it short-term therefore we couldn’t make any major cosmetic changes. Luckily the canvas was clean and white, easy for us to add their personality and charm.

The living room is an open floorplan with the dining and kitchen. To separate it from the rest we selected a long neutral sofa and anchored with a soft sheen rug and framed it with two marble base floor lamps. In addition, two coffee tables and two sideboards were added to accentuate the length.

To control clutter, we stored gaming and remote controls in glass boxes.

To offset the neutral and blush tones we included navy jean blue arm chairs for contrast.

This may be a short-term rental, but my clients host a lot of guests, therefore we needed to add an 8 seat table for large dining parties. Timeless colors and clean lines with a touch of brass. Beautiful potted plants or flower arrangements are used to anchor the center because a chandelier was not an option.

But we needed a chandelier moment and made it happen in the kitchen by replacing a simple light fixture with a graphic black finish pendant.

It’s important to enter and leave your home on a positive note so we beautified what was a stark hallway with a long Persian runner, vintage finish mirror and added a unique walnut floating shelf for storage.

Just as important is the bedroom; we created a minimal and serene room to relax and rest.

SUGARSUCKLE BAKERY

Sugarsuckle began in Jennifer's home kitchen and with growing orders and business she purchased a retail space in Hoboken to create her beautiful deserts and have workshops & events.

The welcoming work area at the center of our studio has a communal work table with seating up to 14.  In addition to being a light-volume production space, the studio serves as a gathering space for various creative experiences.  Sugarsuckle's classes and workshops inspire learning, designing, refining skills and honing craft.  Most importantly, these offerings will allow the community to join one another at a table over a unique and refreshing experience.  They are strong believers that baking can be both fun and calming, and we envision a space for everyone--whether they come to enjoy a playful moment, or to diligently hone their craft.

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The kitchen area is both functional and accommodates different approches for Jennifer to teach her workshops.

After all the details and selections we made for the space and Jennifer's accute attention to details and aesthetics, the restroom had to be just as thoughtful and beautiful.

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All photos by Rowa Lee Photography

Hudson Valley Renovation

The great thing about this midcentury home in Hyde Park, New York, was its near-pristine 1950s condition when my husband and I purchased it in November 2016. It was also in dire need of a complete overhaul. Much of the home was out of date and not up to code, but the potential was clear. Nothing less than a full gut renovation was in order. The dramatic results can be seen in each room of the house. 

The exterior flower bed was updated with gabion walls, plants and mid-century style pony wall with house number. We also replaced the deck and added cable railings. The color of the house was always red and we embraced it fully.

The entry/foyer was gutted to include slate tile floors used in the era but we modernized it with custom bookcases instead of railings between the entry and ground floor. Tandem Eames chairs and funky accessories finishes off the space nicely.

The original living room had dark wood paneling throughout but we wanted a crisp white space to highlight our view.

Because we have pets and intend on growing our family, we selected engineered velvet in a dark color. Vintage mid-century pieces and art work is spread throughout; a growing collection which will continue to grow through the years.

To add more of our personality in the space we selected Rio inspired cement tiles for the fireplace living room. I am Brazilian and my husband loved the pattern from the Ipanema Beach sidewalks that inspired the graphic design of the tiles below.

Beyond the fireplace you can see our dining room with a Rosewood mid-century table and contrasting light oak chairs.

Between the kitchen and dining room there was a wall and we removed it immediately and updated the cabinets, finishes and appliances. To warm what could be a stark white lacquer kitchen, we added terracotta tiles and different wood tones.

The master received a fresh coat of paint and more mid-century pieces inspired by the house’s architecture.

The master bathroom got a major face lift and the layout was altered to include a large bright shower and double vanity.

There are two other bathrooms in the house. The retro bathroom received a fresh coat of paint and I replaced the mirror and light only but all else remained the same. The guest bathroom downstairs was a complete gut reno because it was non-functional (wall to wall carpeting!) and we modified it so it was en-suite bathroom attached to the guest room.

Downstairs is our family room with a “FAMILY” rug to match. It also serves as my home office so I needed to add lots of storage that didn’t distract you when “off line”.

Photos by Nick Glimenakis for Domino Magazine.

GARFIELD BROWNSTONE

The owner of this historic Park Slope, Brooklyn Brownstone was a busy mom with two little girls – and a third baby on the way – when I first met with her. Although the brownstone had fantastic potential, she didn’t have the time to make design choices. She wasn’t even sure where to start. The result was a sea of brown leather bachelor sofas, even after living in their new brownstone for six months. She needed the help of an interior designer to create a home that worked well with the historic architecture, and for her growing family.

ART INSPIRED CHELSEA LOFT

The story of the design of this New York apartment in Chelsea begins as an empty-yish bachelor pad. The newly expanded apartment had a sparse, minimalist feel. Too minimalist for my client, who wanted a place that felt special, a place filled with objects that had personal meaning and purpose.

BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS

It’s better to show you our before and after photos then just talk about them! See them below.

Hudson Valley Renovation

Living room paneling got a fresh coat of white paint, new windows and fan.

Fireplace large stones were removed to open the space for more natural light then we added funky tiles that add lots of personality.

This kitchen was in dire need of a remodel so we brightened it up with clean modern cabinets then warmed it up with terracotta tiles.

The entry also got a fresh coat of white paint, the railings were updated to code and architecturally upgraded plus other design elements were added.

 

57th Street Beauty

My Upper East Side clients got a major upgrade on their rental.

 

Garfield Brownstone

This brownstone’s architecture was already beautiful so we added other design elements to add my client’s personality.