Name: Carl and Laurent
Size: 1000 sqft
Years lived in: 6 years
What's amazing is that when you look at the living space, you have no idea that the same apartment includes a work studio. Carl, a painter, contains his creative work to one part of the home and is able to indulge in pure living and entertaining in the rest of his and Laurent's home.
By painting the floors and walls white and keeping the windows bare, Carl and Laurent created the lightest, brightest space possible! To counteract the sparseness of white, he adds a number of great color moments--in the form of rugs, purple kitchen walls, one shocking red cabinet and his artwork.
Carl and Laurent achieves an incredible balance in terms of a clean slate to invite creativity with enough visual stimulation to inspire.
Inspiration: I love the building for it's original New York features like the tin celling and the heating pipes,
Favorite Element: The original window in the living area
Biggest Challenge: It's an old building that never really got looked after so it took time to make the space water proof (we had leaks coming trough the walls!) we also had lots of mouse friends! Even after spending 3 weekends sealing every crack, they were really hard to get rid of!
What Friends Say: They always want to know how it is to live in Chinatown and how I managed to keep the place so clean in the dirtiest neighborhood of Manhattan
Biggest Embarrassment: Carl had a bathroom celling falling on his head while peeing. we had a leak from upstairs that day...!
Proudest DIY: The curved wall but done by us...
Biggest Indulgence: The big sur dining table from Crate and Barrel
Dream Source: I am a Prop Stylist so home shopping is part of my job (www.laurentlaborie.com). If you're on a tight budget, I recommend the white furniture company. They have great prices and good solid knock-offs.