One of the projects we’re working on right now is for a young couple who have just bought their first apartment. The apartment is a two bedroom in a charming pre-war building on the Upper East Side. Like many NYC apartments today, there is one large living area and a small eat-in kitchen. It was important to this client to have a large enough dining table so that they could entertain friends and family. To accomplish this, we are putting a large, oval dining table at the end of the living room closest to the kitchen. As you can see in the floor plan below, there is a long wall of built in bookshelves in one area of the living room across from the sofa where the TV will be.
Our clients are bringing almost none of their pre-existing furniture with them to the new apartment so we had a lot of freedom to create a furniture plan that works perfectly with the size of the room and the way the client intends on using it. In terms of decorating, our client always dreamed of living in a home with lots of pattern. They also wanted to use a mix of high and low pieces, custom and retail.
For a project like this, we like to use custom fabrics (for window treatments and pillows) and custom rugs to make the room feel unique and special in combination with retail and semi-custom furniture pieces to keep things affordable. For example, the colors and feel of the room was really inspired by a Suzanne Kasler fabric (see dining room letter A below). It was from this fabric that we arrived upon the color scheme of the room: tints and shades of blue, green and a shot of orange. A. Custom wool geometric rug B. Ralph Lauren Home leather wrapped standing lamp C. Bungalow 5 lacquered grasscloth coffee table D. Sofa.com Bluebell Sofa E. Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams side table F. Sofa.com Alderney Armchair G. Brown Hill fabric for a pillow on the green velvet chair (f) H. Christopher Spitzmiller ceramic lamp I. Wall color: Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois. The shape of the room called for an oval dining table and one of our favorite oval tables is the one above by Eero Saarinen; the Bentwood chair is its perfect companion. A. Suzanne Kasler for Lee Jofa fabric for window panels B. Jayson Home Hayes mirror C. Vintage Bentwood chair D. Pierre Frey Fabric for dining chair seat cushions E. Eero Saarinen marble top oval dining table. Our client loves the color blue, and as you can see it’s a theme throughout the apartment. The wife fell in love with this D. Carleton Varney print for the roman shades in the bedroom. The traditional print of the window treatments is juxtaposed with F. a more modern, graphic carpeting and little bit of glam is brought in with E. a pair of lacquer bunching chests by Celerie Kemble for Henredon A. Brompton Swing Arm Lamp by Ralph Lauren Home for Circa Lighting C. Serena & Lily upholstered bed in Robert Allen Sky Blue linen B. Hampton Pendant by Aerin Lauder for Circa Lighting F. Benjamin Moore Grey Owl