Common Bond Design

Work-in-Progress: Irving Place Residence

January 30, 2014 | Alex

I never mastered the Rubix cube, but I enjoy watching more mathematical minds at work. I think it was the "order out of perceived chaos" angle that appealed to me, even as a spectator. That moment where your puzzle is on the verge of being solved, and all you have to do is click the final pieces into their monochromatic splendor? That's sort of where I am in a client project.

After months of planning (and much waiting for backordered items), the key components are in place. As a worrier by nature, it's a huge relief to me when I can see the furniture, lighting, floor and window treatments together in the space.  Without giving too much away, here's a sneak peek of a few design elements in the space:

  • It's a beautiful apartment with killer views, but the client requested that we tone down the sterile "box-in-the-sky" feel. To add architectural interest to the bedroom, we painted a half-wall in Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue
  • In the entry, the Mira mirror from Organic Modernism and mid-century floating shelf (originally a nightstand) from Baxter & Liebchen play nice. #interspeciesfriendship.
  • I opted to embrace the decor cliche-- bachelor pad requires bar cart. And the ever masculine philodendron monstera deliciosa.
  • The most satisfying transformation in this space was perhaps the least expensive. We freshened up the beat-up bifold doors in the bedroom with a coat of bright white paint and sleek stainless steel T-pulls from Home Depot. BAM. The closets now look like the custom mill-work you might find in a multi-million dollar loft. 
  • We found a 1960s oak valet chair for a song on Ebay, and replaced the vinyl seat with cashmere pinstripe. The beauty of a slip seat like this one is that it requires only a 1/4 yard of fabric, so it's a perfect place to splurge on a high-quality textile.

Now for the fun part. The kill shot. Core components, functional though they are, don't make a house a home. It's the details that execute the vision. I'm excited to inject some color and contrast into the space. If you're curious about what products we're considering, you can follow the pin boards I started for accessories for the living room and bedroom. (Of course, the client will make the final decisions, but these are the types of products I'm gravitating towards.)

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Stay tuned for a full reveal of the space-- hopefully in March!