This is a great project to see at this stage, in order to get a sense of the Design Process. One of the first things we do is generate a Floor Plan incorporating new ideas and recommendations of construction, built-ins, furnishings and accessories. We also provide sketches in order to get a feeling of how the space will look with the new elements.
The Couple who own this home travel frequently and wanted a clean and modern design within a pre-war building. Something serene to come home to while they are in town. It was important that the space was also warm and inviting and could accommodate a few guests for small gatherings. They wanted comfortable furnishings, and accessories to reflect their collection of items purchased while on vacations to Africa, Asia, and the Islands. They are also very fun people, and are not afraid of a few bold Design Statements here and there like animal prints and big pops of accent color. We took their ideas and went for a feeling of "Edited Upscale Hotel-Chic."
The Floor Plans above and below are variations on that theme. Furniture is large, comfortable and functional. The space is open and allows for a great flow thoughout the home. Big fluffy rugs delineate areas, and provide great under-foot texture.
The first Plan (top) is a little more playful from above: more shapes and more visual interest, while the second (above) is a bit more serene in feeling. It's all going to depend on whether the Homeowners want a bit more fun, or a bit more calm in their home. Either way, they will have great selections to choose from, tons of built-ins and storage and a soothing color scheme of taupes, whites and chocolate browns. Both Design Options feature furnishings that provide enough spaces for the two of them to relax on a daily basis, but are very flexible in seating for dinners and cocktail parties when friends and family come for a visit!
The Foyer (above) is the first thing we see when entering the home, and is a great space to make a great first impression. The first option offers a ton of custom slelving for an extensive collection of art books and small decorative objects. Since books always look a bit "busy," we balanced the other elements in the foyer with more minimalistic items: a solid sisal runner, and very simple drum-shade lighting fixture.
The second option offers a bit more of the "Wow" factor. A raw-hide rug welcomes visitors into the space, and a floor vase full of reeds uses the vertical space to provide lots of interest. A big chunky credenza offers lots of storage, and provides an opportunity to display a few objects from recent trips around the world!
The Couple specifically requested a very comfortable living room, with a great big leather sectional. The first Design Option has a sofa with big arms which is great for nesting on a lazy Sunday and watching some TV. The rug and accessories are made of natural materials and a round metal coffee table holds lots of drinks and snacks. A simpler window treatment of a straight valance and solar shade offers light protection and privacy.
The option on the right is a slightly different version: the top of the leather sectional is able to be raised, offering more head support, and since the arms are simpler, we had some more fun using animal print pillows and some fabric panels on the windows. A large round flokati rug offers comfort and texture, and a big leather ottoman is great for putting your feet up! Wood trays stored in the side table can be placed on the ottoman, to hold food and beverages.
The Dining Area is most often used for two. Dinners whipped up in the Kitchen (or, ordered in from one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood) are eaten here on a regular basis. Additional seating and an extendable table allow for easy meals for four or more. We integrated a bar into the chunky built-inshelving to allow the Homeowners and their guests to mix up a drink at their whim. Lots more storage for books, glassware and decorative objects makes use of one entire wall in the room.
Here, we can see the three areas of the one large room. The left side is the Entertainment Area, with Flat-Screen TV and credenza for storage of components and DVDs. The right side, within the Dining Area, features two large graphic vintage posters of NYC subway lines. The centerpiece of the room is a great Deco-Fireplace, which will be painted a gun-metal silver color, and has lots and lots of candles in the hearth to provide great visual warmth.
The Bedrooom has to be the most serene space in the home. We chose a beautiful chocolate-brown grasscloth wallpaper for the main focal wall, which has a beautiful yet simple King-sized bed in front of it. The Design Option on the left features a bed upholstered in leather, with mid-century modern nightstands and bedside lamps. A double-drum shade provodes ambient light. The window treatments are linen panels, with a slightly Asian feel.
The second Design Option (right) features a simpler upholstered King-Sized bed, and more Asian-inspired nightstands and lamps. A beautiful modern lighting fixture from Peru hangs overhead, and window treatment is balanced a little simpler with a single shade and valance. This option also features a slipper chair, where we can add more fabric with an interesting pattern.
The Design Plans and Sketches shown here are a great way to indicate how the Design of the space will look. The Homeowners can pick and choose from these options to create the space that they want to come home to every day. The finished product be a Home designed just for them!