57th Street Beauty

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. 

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.