A HOME ...THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING

Once in awhile I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor when it comes to constructing a brand new home for a lovely family. This amazing project was my ideal. 

We started planning this light-filled, 6,100-square-foot dream home in Roslyn New York, three years ago. This was a team effort. From the drawings by esteemed architect Michael Wallin to the actual building by Robert Beer everything was a collaboration.

My clients basically knew what they wanted ... a forever home that was luxurious yet suitable for their two young children and two loving dogs. They wanted a unique one-of -a- kind modern home that was equally sophisticated yet young and fun. My job was to make sure they were happy, comfortable & excited by the design. 

The following are a few of the rooms completed so far... 

Photo Credit : Beckerman Photography 

 

FRONT VIEW

FRONT VIEW

THE BREAKFAST ROOM 

THE BREAKFAST ROOM 

THE KITCHEN

THE KITCHEN

THE MUD POWDER ROOM

THE MUD POWDER ROOM

THE FAMILY ROOM 

THE FAMILY ROOM 

THE POWDER ROOM

THE POWDER ROOM

THE MASTER BATH

THE MASTER BATH

THE MASTER BATHROOM

THE MASTER BATHROOM

THE MASTER SHOWER

THE MASTER SHOWER

COOL GIRL"S ROOM

COOL GIRL"S ROOM

GIRL'S BATHROOM

GIRL'S BATHROOM

BOY'S BATHROOM 

BOY'S BATHROOM 

 

 

 

NEW PROJECT FOR A NEW SEASON

Once in awhile, I am lucky enough to be asked to design a space in a NYC building that I adore. Huys is just such a building.  Located in the heart of NoMad , on Park Ave South, Huys is a neoclassical building dating from 1917.  This building underwent a huge conversion from commercial offices to 58 luxurious and elegantly detailed condominiums .  It was designed by the world-renowned Piet Boon . This charming apartment is a pied a terre for a lovely couple that actually live upstate NY. I am very proud of how it turned out. I very much enjoyed designing the interiors, I hope you enjoy seeing the results! 

Soft tones in this  comfy living room accentuate the view 

Soft tones in this  comfy living room accentuate the view 

The walls of the dining room are covered in  textured squares..

The walls of the dining room are covered in  textured squares..

Drama in the powder room is evoked with this wallcovering that seems almost 3D 

Drama in the powder room is evoked with this wallcovering that seems almost 3D 

A Master Bedroom Dream 

A Master Bedroom Dream 

A soft serene place to relax 

A soft serene place to relax 

It's all in the details, soft gray suede walls envelope the master bedroom like a cocoon... 

It's all in the details, soft gray suede walls envelope the master bedroom like a cocoon... 

 Grasscloth walls , leather headboard  hide rug and distressed night stands all mix for  high drama in this relaxing guest room..

 Grasscloth walls , leather headboard  hide rug and distressed night stands all mix for high drama in this relaxing guest room..

NEW PROJECT IN NOMAD, HUYS BUILDING

Located in the heart of NoMad , on Park Ave South, Huys is a neoclassical building dating from 1917, with neighboring stately mansions from NYC's Gilded Age. This building underwent a huge conversion from commercial offices to 58 luxurious and elegantly detailed condominiums . Developed by the prestigious Dutch Kroonenberg Groep, designed by the world-renowned Piet Boon and renovated by the well-established construction management firm Sciame. Huys is one of the my favorite buildings. This is one of the incredible apartments I was asked to design. The amazing iron windows and light brushed oak floors were already in place.  Photo Credit: Beckerman Photograpy

 

Color filled Living Room

Color filled Living Room

Master Bedroom with Grasscloth headboard wall 

Master Bedroom with Grasscloth headboard wall 

Close up of Master Bedroom 

Close up of Master Bedroom 

Sumptuous bedding is everything!  

Sumptuous bedding is everything!  

It's all in the details 

It's all in the details 

A SUCCESSFUL BATHROOM RENOVATION

People always ask me what goes into renovating a full bathroom, so I will explain in very simple terms the steps that are involved... First, hire an Interior Designer. Even if all the plumbing is staying in the same place you will need to select every surface, plus plumbing fixtures and hardware... Next hire a Contractor, most of the time your designer will recommend someone trustworthy and reliable . Make sure you have great photos of the "before" bathroom. You will also need a floor plan of what the bathroom looks like now, and if you are changing any square footage or moving plumbing you need a floor plan of the new intended space.  My personal inspiration comes from the trade market, there is always something new and cutting edge . Next, it is time to go shopping! I like to start with selecting the floor and wall tile first. There are wonderful new products out there, things that were unimaginable a few years back.  Texture is the newest trend! I usually do tile or marble all the way up to the ceiling in a master or kids bathroom. (tile half way up the wall is out of style) I also will use wallcovering in master baths, and powder rooms. If wallpaper is applied correctly in a bathroom it will not come down as some people believe...  If for example there is enough pattern on the floor with a gorgeous marble, sometimes only paint is needed on the walls. Just like with everything else in this industry, every bathroom has different parameters , design visions and budgets.

After you know what palette your floors and walls will be you need to shop for all of your plumbing supplies. Having your designer take you to reliable sources is key. Otherwise you could wait a LONG time for items that never ship... You need to select your shower body first, there are decisions to be made such as temperature control and pressure balanced  systems.. You need to select your bathtub, and your toilet. All these items have many details that your designer will explain. All the faucets in the bathroom will follow suit with the shower body. Are you selecting the new modern brass? (which is my favorite) Satin nickel ? or polished chrome? Remember that warranties are given in reliable showrooms with proven track records, the internet is NOT a good place to shop for these products.

Most important advice: PLAN AHEAD, HAVE ALL TILE, MARBLE, FIXTURES, VANITIES, MEDICINE CABINETS, FAUCETS, DRAINS, LIGHTING, ACCESSORIES (toilet paper holder, towel bars or hooks) DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME BEFORE the DEMOLITION BEGINS!!! This way your contractor can be in and out of your home quickly!!! If all products are there, and if your contractor shows up EVERY day as he or she should, all work should be complete in about three weeks... unless there are unforeseen complications.  USE Professionals!!!

So plan that new spa, that place to relax and unwind in , that special oasis especially for YOU!  If you hire the right people everything should flow just like cascading water.. The following "Before"and "After" photos are of my latest bathroom project. ENJOY!

BEFORE PHOTOS

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 IN PROGRESS

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AFTER PHOTOS

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Photo Credit: Beckerman Photography