Home Tour—a Before-and-After Case Study of a Modernized Urban Pre-war Apartment in New York


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We came across an article on Architect Digest this morning talking about the renovation of a prewar apartment channeling old-School New York. We fell in love with this newly remodeled NYE home immediately thanks to its muted pearl-on-pearl color palette. This soothing off white color palette with subtle shimming pearl  undertone creates a very calming and elegant atmosphere through the house. Because the home owner and design team have kept some of its classical bone, we are please to see  eye-pleasing classical design details at the mantle, bathroom and kitchen …etc. So, today, we are going to use this NYE pre-war apartment makeover as a before-and-after case study to share our take-aways on small-space makeover.

1. Choose a warm light neutral color palette.

The colorful books on the white bookcase, the dark brown and black on the dining furniture and light fixture anchor and elevate the space.

2. Dining and Living Area.


Before: dining room and living room are 2 separate small rooms without smooth flow.


The design team combined the dining and living rooms  to form one larger space.


This is a small apartment about 1,200-square-foot s featured a restrictive layout, and lacked the unique character. So the  design team decided to focused on simplifying the home’s layout by combining the dining and living rooms  to form one larger space. Additionally, three elegant archways were installed to encourage a sense of symmetry. And you can see one of the archways from the above picture. The pearl-on-pearl color palette here reflects the classic vibe of the apartment and also serves as a perfect backdrop for modern furniture and furnishings. We love several textures inter-playing at this space—elegant marble, wool area rug , soft linen fabric on the sofa, wood frames on the furniture and polished chrome metal legs of the marble dining table.  The oversized black artwork anchors and elevates the space while an one-of-the-kind mid-century modern chandelier over the dining table is a huge wow factor.

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2. Kitchen


A tiring and dated small kitchen


An  custom Moroccan  Tadelakt plaster backsplash adds a touch  of old-world charm to this newly modernized light-filled space.
Storage was shifted to one side of the kitchen so the other side could remain airy.


You can tell that the old kitchen was tired and dark. So one of the successful strategies to renovate a small and dark kitchen to make it bigger and brighter is to streamline the layout first.  We have done that many times. The design team for this NYE project got rid of wall cabinets on the stove side which really helps open the kitchen and keep the storage on another side with adding tall cabinets. We love the old-world charm Tadelakt plaster on the stove side. And the French vintage range adds a dose of glamor  to the kitchen. in order to enlarge the kitchen visually, lighter wide oak planks replaced original narrow busy wood flooring. So our suggestion here is L: don’t be afraid to use large wood planks or large-format tiles in a small space. They actually  dramatically make the space looks a lot of bigger and UN-fussy.

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3. Bathroom


a cramped bathroom with a French classical bone.



The issue for the old bathroom is that  the space is a little bit cramped. In order to guarantee the comfy of usinh this bathroom, the best strategy in this kind of situation  is propally to re-figure the layout if the budget is allowed. The design team created a wet zone with separated shower and tub.  Then, we feel this bathroom is a breathable space.  We love the idea of changing black frames of the window to white.  The white window frames together with   newly added white-framed panels open and light  up the upper space of the bathroom while the black hexagon mosaic tiles anchor this space.

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4. Fireplace.


We don’t have the before photo for the fireplace.  But we really love how the design team did this fireplace—the beautiful Calacatta marble on the surrounding of the fireplace, a muted color palette, and a custom artwork that actually hides away a TV. We are usually not a big fan of any cabinet or panels that are designed to hide away a TV. But this project is different. The artwork  quietly seamlessly blends in the wall. It is so minimal and sleek. You couldn’t tell it actually hide away a TV if you  are not told so.

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Cyber Monday Sale on Our Interior Design Packages

Hi, guys, happy Monday and hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and stayed dry and warm. We had a very successful Black Friday promo. If you haven’t had a chance to look at them, you can click here for the details. And also, you can click here for two of our Holiday Gift Guides for Smart Home and Home Decor.  As you all know, today is Cyber Monday. Well, we have something very special for you. Yes, we are introducing our Cyber Monday Holiday Makeover Express interior design packages . If you just happen to land our page, here are some before-and-after for the projects we did over the years.













As you can see, it is such a huge transformation before and after for each project. And you also can see that we do all kinds of styles and it really depends on what clients desire for and we will help bring out the best of the clients and put things together in a way  they can connect with and fall in love with. So, we will offer on-line only single room design packages with a huge discount and this promotion will last until this coming Friday at 11:00 pm.

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5 ways for a Successful Room Makeover


I like to style the modern house since they often have a clean-line structure and will be easier to add some unique  objects and colors to make the spaces interesting rather dull and boring.  For the recent project we just did,  we approached Client’s  interiors in 5 ways to cope with her busy career and her love of modern interiors.

  1. Declutter those she really doesn’t need and those she will not be inspired or feel pleasant with.
  2. Add some quality pieces such as detail-oriented decorative pillows, one-of-the-kind chandeliers based on the pieces the client already has and no need to get rid of at the current moment. For this project, the pieces that the client would like to keep and also inspire me for designing the rest of the decor are this brown leather swivel chair and Moroccan rug from West Elm.
  3. Re-arrange the current floor plan to make it more open and functional.
  4. Casually add some artwork that sing with the interiors.
  5. Dare to choose bold patterns. For this project, we use houndstooth and stripe pattens to contrast with Moroccan rug pattern and add visual interest to the space.

Please check out before-and-after photos for part of the project.


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Living Room Before-and-After–3 Ways to Elevate Your Living Room in a Second


Hi, guys, hope you are having a big Labor Day weekend plan, for example, doing a quick make-over for your home and ready to go strong in the rest of 2019. If so, I am going to share 3 ways to do a quick make-over for your living room.


  1. Declutter as much as you can. By doing so, your mind is kind of going through cleansing too. Guarantee you will feel super refreshing after the task.
  2. Get some new decor pillows with new colors and patterns.  If you would like to know which color is in, please click here
  3. Have fresh garden-cut flowers on your coffee table. And if you need to know how to style a coffee table, please click here

Check out the recent makeover we just did for a modern living room in San Gabriel valley.

Here is before-and-after. I am sure you have no questions to chill out in the After. We got inspiration from client’s rug and pull out the color scheme out of it—peach, blush, teal, blue and cream.


We like to use a brass tall vase to anchor the space which also  adds a touch of luxury to the laid-back easy-breezy modern space.

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Tabletop Setup Before & After

One of the things I am passionate about all the time is to set up a tabletop for whatever the reasons .   It’s fun and  it’s about celebrating life with beautiful things.   Here are 5 elements to successfully set up a table:

  1. Runners, placemats,  or fresh-patterned tablecloth
  2. Chanderliers
  3. Candles
  4. Floral enter piece
  5. China

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A San Gabriel Modern House—Entry Before and After

Decorating  is usually the final touch to make the room look finished with personality.   In today’s blog, I would like to share one of our recent projects—a San Gabriel Modern House—Entry Before and After.

The client remolded her house not long ago—painted the whole  house, changed the floor and re-did the kitchen. However somehow, the client felt that she might need a professional interior designer help her  put everything together and finish the house. Here are several steps we did to create that chic, modern yet inviting  space.

Entry Before and After

The client used to have a much smaller chest with a  burst mirror hanging  above it at her entry as it showed in the following first  photo.  What we did is to replace that  short and bulky  chest with  a long yet sleek marble-top console to make the whole vignette look modern and more proportional.  Also, we used classic black houndstooth wallpaper to elevate the space.   The muted multi-color artwork and jewel-toned  glass vases are highlights  for the vignette adding touch of elegance and youthfulness to the entry.  The greenery underneath the console makes the space alive.

Last but not least is the proper lighting for the whole entry vignette since there is not that much natural light in this area. We used adjustable LED ceiling  light fixture with warm light to light up the entry.

We also replaced the original cabinets with a bi-folding door and simple shelving system.


Chic yet modern entry featured with houndstooth wallpaper, jewel-toned vases and artwork.

Underneath the stair and by the side of entry, we installed a pull-out rack, a bench and an artwork together to form a casual, relaxing yet functional  vignette set.


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Breakfast Room Before-and-After

From traditional country to modern chic.

A Reading Room Before-and-After

Kick off the new year with neutrals, white-on-white, chinoiserie, stripe and French country style. Another before-and-after from us.  Enjoy!

Happy Wednesday