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.

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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.

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

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

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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

Before:

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A tiring and dated small kitchen

After:

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An  custom Moroccan  Tadelakt plaster backsplash adds a touch  of old-world charm to this newly modernized light-filled space.
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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

Before:

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a cramped bathroom with a French classical bone.

After:

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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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Weekend Vibes

We love to stroll around the Art District and DTLA over the weekends just to explore the  emerging things on art and design.

 

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One of the fun things to do is to walk along the long long  exhibition hall filled with nature light.

 

 

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They did a very good job to to have some faux fur on these white wicker chairs and sofas. It’s so warm and inviting.
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There are some greenery and pretty awesome lighting fixtures, too.
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Here is the close-up of the sofa.
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Here are some of my favorite art we found over the weekend.

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Las Vegas Winter Market 2020 Trip VII–Eataly

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One of our Vegas trip for Winter Market 2020 is Eataly, a vibrant Italian marketplace located inside Park MGM that features an array of cafés, counters, bars, restaurants, and market.  Eataly in Park MGM is the sixth U.S. location and 37th in the world. The first one opened in January 2007 in Torino, Italy. The name is a combination of Eat and Italy.

Well, our first impression is this Eataly in Vegas is so un-Vegas, which we love it very much.  The market is located in such a big hall with a tall ceiling. So there are a lot of natural light.

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A group of striking chandeliers at the entrance.
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At the entrance.

Eataly, Las Vegas,   is comprised of more than a dozen authentic Italian eateries and hundreds of high-quality products,  offering visitors the opportunity to eat, shop, and learn their way through one of the greatest cuisines in the world under a single roof.

For us, we just love to check out the restaurant interiors in such a limited time.

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A very stylish bar–a great place to chill out at the end of the day.

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This sleek iron table lamp helps create a very moody moment.
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Signature emerald-green subway tiles from park, MGM.
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just like a small town butcher shop.

We really like these bar seating setups—casual, relaxing in a very intimate and stylish way.

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Earthy-toned mid-century modern bar leather bar chairs in the sun-filled space.

As you can see from these photos, mid-century modern furniture really takes the lead here.   They are cozy, simple yet chic and elegant, which really put you a pleasant mood once you are here.

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Love these emerald Green mid-century modern bar chair.

And there are pops of color.

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A very thoughtful seating area.

A cozy round table seating is truly for family’s get-together.

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Just love this cream and brown color palette.

You can click here to find more info and also check out this article on USA Todayto see how other people react to  this market.

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Las Vegas Winter Market 2020 Trip VI–6 Trends in Home Furniture

 

 

Today, we continue to talk about the trends we saw from Las Vegas Winter Market 2020. There were 2 showrooms we hadn’t been to for a while. And this time, when we were back to take showroom tours, we were pretty amazed how they have change their styles from country, industrial rustic to fresh mid century modern style with a lot of great artworks and fresh flower arrangements.

1.Green leather with wood frame mid-century modern chairs are among the most popular pieces.

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2. Art plays a critical role in their vignettes and people love it.

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3. Comfy mid-century modern sofa style with great craftsmanship and details is very  popular.IMG_0990IMG_0992

4. Fresh flower arrangements elevate any interior spaces.

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5. Earthy -tone objects are people’s new  favorites since they bring calmness to home.

 

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6. Functional and eye-pleasing pieces do delivery the wow factor.

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This ladder is cool and functional.
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Chic functional mirror with a bottom shelf .

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House Tour—Kim & Kayne West’s Calming Minimalism Mansion at the Suburban of Los Angeles

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Finally, the world famous couple have opened doors to Architect Digest.  Being honest with you, after I read the article, I looked  at my desk and got rid of everything in front of me in 5 minutes.  I guess that is the  power of  minimalism.  Although I still couldn’t figure out  how they make the space so pristine with their 4 kids,  I love the whole white-on-white   museum-like interiors.   I feel how they did their current home is like they did it after a long long sought-after-thinking.  Yes, let me put this way, the home looks very spiritual just like Kayne said it is a futuristic Belgian monastery  thanks to design help from the famed Belgium designer Axel Vervoordt and Kayne’s own minimalism taste.   Each  room is just like a space with art installation.  So, let’s take a look together.

 

Neutral Color Palette

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The neutral color palette is the most effective way to create a soothing, relaxed home and serve as a backdrop for museum-level artwork. However, in order to make people look great under neutral shades, good lighting plays a critical factor.

The Pool Area

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You may notice there is no Jacuzzi in this pool. But don’t worry because Kayne said they wanted the whole pool as Jacuzzi. And the  design idea is to let the kids sit on the stairs and just enjoy warm water with cheers.  How do you like the idea?

The Hallway

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A soaring hallway is swathed in off-white plaster.

 

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When Axel started to work on this project, he said they did a lot of editing and they wanted to make each space purer and purer.  I totally can relate to that. As you know we live in such a chaos environment, every time when we come back home, we want to come back to calmness.  I don’t know about you, I always try to make everything organized before I leave the house.  So when I come back home, I feel good.

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The living Room

 

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In the living room, Royère upholstered seating surrounds a limestone cocktail table by Axel Vervoordt.

 

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A Jean Royère chair and table in the living room. On wall, Anish Kapoor fiberglass sculpture. 

So you can tell the couple really keeps furniture and decor minimum.  But with the fireplace, comfy chairs  and white textures rug, the space is quite warm, inviting and intimate.

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A San Gabriel Modern Home Tour

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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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Interiors by KHK Designs

Home is the backdrop of life.  As we evolve, our homes should too.  Aerian Lauder says” I’v always been inspired by beautiful interiors.”

Sit back , have sip a coffee and enjoy!

 

6 Tips to have a smooth Mid-century Style Renovation

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The client is into mid-century and clutter-free style. . Design features for this project include:

1. Built-in entertainment unit to make the space more open.

2. Sleek fireplace by using large-format tiles: 30″x30″ to instill a contemporary touch.

3. Crystal rocks for fireplace to make the fireplace area  more reflective.

4. Drapery makes the space more feminine and relaxing.

5. Large artwork personalizes the space.

6. Mid-century furnishings.

The whole renovation process went very well. Here are the tips to have a smooth renovation.

1. Plan well by working with the professionals to get the best solution available on the market;

2. Be open-minded;

3. Be prepared for some surprises.  When they do happen, take a deep breath.

4. Have a priority list.

5. Be bold to have a little bit drama in decoration.

6. Communication is the key.

Hope you find these tips helpful.

Kristi

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