Location: Union Square
Size: 2000 sqft, 3 bdrm condo
Favorite: The master bedroom, "like a little perch."
Claire has degrees in architecture and graphic design and twin 5 year olds. Weighing the importance of each of these realities, she has crafted, with the help of a friend Bill of Brockschmidt & Coleman, an interior that matches her tastes but honor her children...
In other words, Claire was very proactive in choosing materials that would resist the test of children, but at the same time she taught her children the value of beautiful things and that some items are to be treated with more care than others.
Apparently, the twins paid attention during the design/renovation process. Claire's son says he wants to be an architect, and after sitting in on every design meeting, Claire's five year old daughter wants to be an interior designer!
The apartment has been through a couple of transformations since it functioned as a glass factory. Before Claire's overhaul of the space, it was in what she calls "Love Boat mode," a victim of the rampant trend of nautical themed 70's lofts. Claire restored the columns, was able to keep the raised bedroom spaces and opened up the main living area to allow light to travel through the home as much as possible. What is most striking is the consistent pale blue and orange tones that run through the large scale space, bringing at once, intimacy and grandeur.
Years lived in: 6
My Style: eclectic
Inspiration: the color at the base of the 1940's bordello lamp found at a flea mkt
Favorite element: use of vertical space for cozy bdrm with storage below
Biggest Challenge: light and privacy for bdrms.
What friends say: gorgeous, love colors, so unusual
Biggest embarrassment: constant hair shedding from white cat
Proudest DIY: commissioned lamp collages from Tim Groen and then framed them with very inexpensive prefab frames.
Biggest indulgence: raw silk curtains in living room
Best advice: buy ikea kitchen cabinets but use other hardware
Dream Source: crate and barrel furniture, but with custom fabric--saves $ but looks custom
Appliances Viking stove and warming drawer, Bosch dishwasher and sub zero fridge
Hardware Simon's Hardware
Furniture Greene St. Antiques, Crate and Barrel, bludot.com (kids dressers), Ikea (kids chairs)
Lighting chandelier over dining room Alan Moss on Lafayette, Crate and Barrel with shades replaced with JustShades shades
Paint Benjamin Moore Harbor Hays (flat finish--throughout apt), Stone Cutter (painted bookcase along living room wall), Crown Hill yellow (girl's room). Wolf-Gordon vinyl wall covering in kids' rooms (first seen at Kip's Bay Showhouse)
Flooring outdoor rated Woven PVC from Aronson's in kids' rooms
Tile/Countertops Sorrel counter and sink in kitchen and bath, subway tile
Rugs and Carpets ABC Carpets
Window Treatments Restoration Hardware, West Elm.
Upholstery Martin Albert Interiors (for anything not done by Crate and Barrel), Custom Laminations (for dining room chair fabric)
Beds St Charles Illinois Kane County Fair (girl's bed)
Artwork color xerox blown up and framed, commissions from Tim Groen, arch drawings from Sotheby's