From 1935 shabby to 2017 Chic
This old apartment was recently renovated by the well known interior design firm based in New York called McGrath II. Designers Suzanne and Lauren McGrath’s approach to residential design combines both modern and traditional influences.
I would call these very clever designers curators and this example of their work shows just how fresh their approach is and how by using the best materials they were able to create a beautiful home that has both two very important ingredients; comfort and longevity.
Before: The kitchen was narrow and dingy
After: a wall was taken out and the kitchen was turned into a fab modern space. Note the lovely flooring. Open shelving is generally great I believe, but it is more for the discerning person who likes to curate the spaces. If not and you are a clutter freak – close the shelving.
Before: The wall separating the living and dining rooms blocked the light and closed the space making entertaining uncomfortable.
After: Introducing the “comfortable” factor. A custom-made sofa and chairs were upholstered in neutral tones. Subtle hints of colour were brought in to add texture and interest.
The lack of overhead lighting was solved with using small standing lamps as task lighting and picture lights on top of the bookcases added ambient light. Lots of lamps give it a warm and comforting atmosphere.
After: A cluster of art work gives a contemporary feel to the space.
After: Leaning art work gives an “eclectic” feel to the bookshelf.
Before: The dining room had a few nice architectural details, but the room lacked storage.
After: built-in shelves, fraternal twins to those in the living room were built. Note the fabulous floor details again. The oak herringbone floor is a piece of art in itself.
After: a nicely curated corner with a beautiful piece of art work and double sconce lighting adds character.
Before: The cloak room was a cramped laundry room.
After: fantastically detailed black and white wall paper and modern fixtures completely transformed the room.
Before: The master bedroom was more stark and outdated.
After: the outdated curved walls were straightened to enable the bed to be in front of the windows (not often do I recommend this or even like it, but it works in this room.) Note the cleverly designed low head board, yet high pedestals.
The lovely soothing pale blue walls along with cream and grey accessories make the room soft and inviting.
There you go – a before and after transformation. Perhaps if you are looking to renovate, the best start is to take photos of each of your rooms, take the dimensions and work out a cohesive plan as to how best to begin, with the end in mind.
A decorator will help guide you. But with lots of ideas from your searches – you are probably the best person for the job! Take courage and make the leap!