So excited to reveal a project I've been working on for about the past six months. You may have seen a few of my postings on IG under #projectpiedaterre . I finally finished and photographed this beautiful petit a.p.t. in the sky.
A referral from an old colleague, when I first met this couple, I liked them instantly. He is originally from California, and she from Mexico City, with their home base now in Connecticut. They purchased a one bedroom one bath in a Columbus Circle high rise as a pied-a-terre. Such a great place to relax after a long work day in the city (and not have to commute home on the train!), enjoy on the weekends, and use as a possible future apartment for their two college-age sons. It's a beautiful full-service building (I have become besties with the doormen, porters and super over these months - they're wonderful!) but it's the large windows and beautiful views of the Hudson River and city that really seal the deal on this place.
I know, right? Just stunning.
First things first, we had to rip out the pre-fabricated "floating" wood floor which had become bouncy and creaky underfoot. Also the color was pale and lifeless (just like my winter skin in the photo below!) and could not be refinished, so it had to go.
Buh-bye, pale pre-fab!
Hello to some brand new beautiful white oak. (Yet to be sanded and stained in the pic):
Phew! Such an improvement already, even unfinished. (And maybe I'm a little less pale?) It was definitely worth the extra money to put in new floors to add value, durability and beauty to the space.
The rest was easy! The clients requested a neutral yet warm palette and simple yet elegant furnishings, with the main focus being on the breathtaking views. I put together a scheme of warm beiges and creams (and successfully convinced them to get some signature LS gray in there!).
Since it's a small space, we didn't want to "over-furniture" so the floor plan was simple as well. A few of the pieces have dual purposes to maximize the small space. Below are the results!
So, there you have it! I love how this all came together. Do you? I'm so grateful that the clients trusted me to design their space and that it turned out like the neutral, functional little jewel box I had envisioned! It was such a pleasure working with these lovely, super easygoing clients. Truly the best kind. Maybe they have some friends in SF!?!
How do you pied-a-terre? #goals.