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.

Before:

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

After:

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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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8 Tips to Refresh Your Small Spaces

The beginning of the new year is a great time to create a new look for your home. How excited it is! Today we are going to  share 8 tips to fresh up your small spaces. But first of all, we will need to have a right mindset—a small space can have a big style.  We guess you are with us. So please read on and see if any of the following advises can be of  help to you.

 

Step 1:  Choose a small space that you use daily and need an update to make this space organized and stylish so you feel your life can be on the track in 2020. They can be your kitchen open shelves, your pantry, your powder room, your entry,…etc.  And of course your dress room. You may say that I don’t have a room for dressing up myself. That is ok. It can be a corner of your bedroom or your closet or your master bath.  What ever it is, we will need some essentials to make things happen. All right, so today we are going to use dress room or dress space as a case study.

 

We actually just re-designed this dress room from  a closet. A good thing about this closet is that it has a tall window. So step 2 to  transform any small space is to bring in a lot of natural light if you are lucky. If that is not your case, you always can throw in some table lamps, floor lamps or indirection LEDs to create pretty cozy atmosphere.

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Step 3 is to have a fresh paint for your small space. A new coat of paint will change your space in a second.  If your small space has a lot of light, we recommend to go for light color just like we did for this small dress-up room. And if your small space is a complete dark space without any window, we recommend to use rich tones to create an enveloped jewel box. So you can totally relax there with your weekend home-made cocktails or Kabucha tea.

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Step 4: Upholster anything you have in that space, it can be a vanity chair , a makeup desk or a bench. You can even add some trims for your upholstered piece just like  the way we added  Grace key trims for the below makeup desk.  The trim detail will uplift  your small space in a big way.

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Step 5: Layer up different styles and different elements to make your small space fun and interesting with your personality. We add a pretty modern pillow in this dress room to break away from the dressy style and still have the pillow in blush color to keep the cohesive vibe.

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Step 6: Have sparkling crystals to make your small space dazzling.

Step 7: Have some fresh flowers or preserved flowers to make your small space alive.

Step 8: Yes, art please.

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How to Choose High-quality Glass Tiles for Your Projects

Glass tiles have high visual effect and often do a wander in any space by their beautiful colors and shimmers. I often used glass tiles for kitchen backsplashes, showers, wall treatment, spas and pool areas, etc…  They are just like jewels for home while adding a touch of modernity to any kind of design.  However, not all glass tiles come in same quality and their installation also more complicated than ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles. Before we talk about how to choose right glass tiles, let’s take a look at glass tile’s history.

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Glass Tile History

Glass was used in mosaics as early as 2500 BC, but it took until the 3rd century BC before innovative artisans in Greece, Persia and India created glass tiles.

Whereas clay tiles are dated as early as 8000 BC, there were significant barriers to the development of glass tiles, included the high temperatures required to melt glass, and the complexities of mastering various annealing curves for glass.

In recent years, glass tiles have become popular for both field and accent tiles. This trend can be attributed to recent technological breakthroughs, as well as the tiles’ inherent properties, in particular their potential to impart intense color and reflect light, and their imperviousness to water. You can click here for more info

Types of Glass Tiles

  • Cast glass tiles are formed in a liquid state at temperatures of 1600°F or higher. Cast glass surfaces are usually wavy or slightly textured with inherent folds, bubbles, and creases. The casting process produces color throughout the piece, similarly to marble – not the natural stone product used for countertops, but the little round marbles we played with as kids!
  • Fused glass tiles are generally made from sheet glass that has been altered through heat. During the production process, multiple layers of glazes and similar materials are added in stages, which yields varying colors and patterns. Fused glass tile surfaces can be smooth, textured, uniform, or non-uniform.

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  • Coated glass tiles are made from sheet glass that has been altered at lower temperatures. These tiles will have color coatings applied to the back of transparent glass, which allows the back-coated colors to transfer through clear glass.

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How to choose right glass tile for your project

The above 3 types of glass tiles are formed in the different temperatures. Usually the higher of the temperatures, the more durable glass tiles are. But of course, the proper annealing is quite critical to avoid crack or breaking due to the sudden temperature change. Cast glass tiles can be used for pool, flooring and outdoor. Coated glass tiles are recommenced to be used for kitchen backsplash.

The most important thing to choose glass tile is actually to ask manufacturers’ data sheet. Here is an example of  the data sheet of what good quality glass tiles look like:

” manufactured by casting molten glass at 2500oF, mixed with mineral oxide colorants into molds. The raw materials are entirely recycled high quality glass, primarily waste and scrap glass from the automotive industry as well as recycled glass from CRT’s and glass containers from the food and pharmaceutical industries. As part of the manufacturing process all mosaics are fully annealed to enhance durability.”

 

Manufacturing Standard:

Our glass mosaics are made to meet or exceed the requirements of ANSI A137.2 American National

Standard Specifications for Glass Tile.

– Chemical Resistance ASTM C650-04; – No Effects Class A

– Thermal Shock Resistance ANSI A137.2-7.9; No Defects – Pass

– Breaking Strength ASTM C648; – Passes

– Water Absorption ASTM C373; – Impervious

– Crazing Resistance ASTM C424; – Passes

– Facial Dimensions/Thickness ASTM C499; – Passes

– Warpage ASTM C485-09; – Passes
– Freeze/Thaw ASTM C1026-13; – Passes– Slip Resistance DCOF Acutest; – .33 AVG.

 

Installation:

Installation instructions are provided with every box of glass mosaics. All tile installers should be familiar with the installation methods shown in The Tile Council of North America’s Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation.

For detailed instructions related to specific installations contact your installation materials manufacturer for their most up-to-date recommendation of an installation system.

Gradation Blends;

Custom gradation blends are offered in all sizes and layouts. Blends can include colors, finishes and textures. Dimensions of the finished installation should be provided when requesting a gradation blend.”

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4 Caesarstone Collections You will fall in Love with

We were invited by Elements Room last night to view the new collections of Caesarstone. It has been a while since last time we used Casarstone since nowadays most of my clients kind of really favor natural  marble–specially Carrara marble.  And I was pretty amazed by Castaron’s new collections after last night’s viewing—they are beautiful,  look organic and natural, super durable and very low maintenance.  I specially fell in love with their concrete collection.

Caesarstone , quartz surface combining  nature and technology, is nonporous, scratch resistant and highly resistant to stains. Here are several my favorite ones from last night.

  1. Cloudburst concrete.
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modern and organic

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2. Rugged Concrete.

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3. Raw concrete.

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4. Besides concrete series, their newly releases  is one of my favorites too with their elegant marble-like veins.

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So, what do you think? You can get to know more about Caesarstone by clicking here

 

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8 Ways to Update your Home with Budget

Remodeling is always a such a daunting job for most of home owners.  There are so many factors you have to consider.  Here are 12 ideas can pay them off in the long run.

  1. Paint walls.  A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into a space, tidy up faded walls, and works to set the stage for the look and feel of the room.

 

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2. Paint the front door.

Curb appeal is everything, a fresh coat of paint, polished hardware, and a tidy porch will catch the eye of buyers every time.

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3. Paint kitchen cabinets

The kitchen is the heart of the home and the place where family and friends hang out together all the time.  The instant make-over of your kitchen is to paint those cabinets.   Paint can work wonders on everything, and kitchen cabinets are no exception.  If you like kitchen and colors, here are some inspirations.

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Click here to lear how to paint kitchen cabinets

4.  Invest in architectural details such as millwork and trim.  The moldings and frame always give a home a sense that it is ‘finished’ and can make people feel that the space has been carefully constructed with quality.

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Alyssa Kapito, Holiday House 2017, NYC.

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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!

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5 Ways to Create Formal Casual Home Style

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#TuesdayTransformation again!   Here are 5 steps we did to make this entry look traditionally formal yet chic, modern and relaxing:

  1. Keep all of the original panelings and paint them in glossy black to unify with the black checkered floor.
  2. Choose modern classic furnishings—traditional furnishings with clean lines.
  3. Use jewel-tones on the chandelier and objects to brighten the space.
  4. Have the striped-pattern wall scones to echo with the checkered floor.  The geometric patterns make the space very cool and modern.
  5. Fresh flowers make the space alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting Clifton Cafeteria

The newly renovated legendary Clifton Cafeteria was just reopened on Oct. 1st in Downtown, Los Angeles.

Entrepreneur (and Conservancy board member) Andrew Meieran spent four years and millions of dollars to restore and reimagine Clifton’s for a new generation.

He updated the building’s infrastructure and restored historic features, keeping the unique redwood forest-themed interior intact.

We were able to visit this fabulous place last Saturday.  The atmosphere is relaxing, family-friendly.  It looks like a fancy social club.  Here are some photos I love to share:

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