New York interior designer, John Buscarello, is known for his innovative solutions for clients’ homes. In this Upper East Side Apartment renovation done for a young couple expecting their first baby, one of John’s challenges was renovating what used to be an old doctor’s office on the first floor of a building in New York into a young family’s dream space for living. Many New York first floor apartments are employed for doctor’s offices and like purposes, but this particular suite was chosen for a different purpose. The couple was looking for a contemporary, yet warm, elegant space with some traditional features.
As with any renovation, there were several challenges to overcome – electrical issues, the ceilings and moldings were a mess, and dark wood which was all beaten up.
The couple was brave and adventurous in their taste. With the use of Tibetan rugs in their rooms, lots of color and dramatic window coverings, the place was soon brought up to speed. The clients openness to using many colors is apparent in the many color shifts and textures throughout. Let’s see what interior design ideas John and his team had for this renovated apartment.
Using color on the ceiling is a hallmark of John’s work. Note the ceiling’s grayish blue color used in order to bring a bit of contrast with the white plaster into the molding. Also notice the splash of color with the two green Mohair chairs.
A non-traditional dining room was created with a table that can seat six and a sitting area to the right. This became the perfect space to unwind and relax with the new baby. The draping over the window showcases the high ceilings. Lastly the fireplace had been restored from its covered-up status during its doctor’s office phases but was restored with beautiful molding. Restoring it along with the added wall sconces on either side brought a warmth to the dining room.
Once again note the ceiling color, this time it is a dramatic green in this master bedroom. The side tables are mirrored 40’s pieces and the chandelier brings that elegant ambiance to the room. The 40’s chandelier is made of Milano glass.
Pocket paned doors open up the room and show off the more traditional side of the apartment. The doll on the table is from her mother who is an accessories dealer. The console is an old console she already had which was repainted with a bronze-like finish with a piece of marble added on top. The other pieces are meant to bring the contemporary and warm feeling to the apartment. Lastly, notice the grass cloth wall paper which is dark and dramatic.
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