Location: Forest Hills, Queens
Size: 1 bdrm, 1000 square feet coop
Years lived in: 1 year
"I had a vision when we bought it, and it turned out the way I thought," says Frances, an interior designer with a strict stylistic bent.
In fact, when I walked into the bright and white apartment, I could almost smell the beach and hear South Beach's waves. The only deterrent from actually hearing the ocean, was that we were in Forest Hills and not Miami...
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Frances and her husband love the results of the transformation of their home--the kitchen and bathroom, and their front closet that became an office. In fact, Francis says, "We get homesick everytime we're not here.
Frances refers to a minimalist, and by that she means that "it should take less than a half-hour to tidy up!"
Style: New York Modern Glamor meets Miami Minimalism
Inspiration: Barbara Barry & Philip Starck
Favorite Element: Galley Kitchen with Breakfast Bar
Biggest Challenge: Getting our construction plans approved by the coop board.
What Friends Say: "I can't belive you made an office out of a closet!"
Biggest Embarrassment: NONE
Proudest DIY: My husband removed the 60 year old shelves from the foyer niche, painted it metallic silver, and now it's a wonderful focal point.
Biggest Indulgence: Professional Series kitchen appalicances and marble countertops and marble bathroom.
Best Advice: When a contractor tells you a project is going to take a certain amount of time, double it to get an accurate completion date. Mistakes and problems will always occur, so if you set realistic time expectations, it will reduce stress. And in terms of decorating your home: Compile pictures of interior spaces you admire. Analyze them and figure out what they have in common and how they relate to your personality and lifestyle. From there, start putting together a design scheme and modify it over a period of weeks. You will realize how much you love certain items if you look at them over time. This will help you make decisions on what to purchase that you will love forever.
Dream Source: Going out of business sale at the Delano Hotel in Miami or Hudson Hotel in New York.
• Desk – Bo Concept
• Dining room table & chairs – Sitcom Furniture
• Leather Bed and bedside console – The Door Store
• BedRoom Sconces – Bombay Company
• Bath Materials – Tumbled Marble in Ming Green on floors. Tubled Marble in Crystal White on shower walls and vanity area. Vanity Stone, Black Granite.
• Kitchen Cabinets – Top, Ikea. Bottom, Home Depot. Counter stop Stone, Carrera Marble
• Living Room Cow Skin ottoman – Z Gallerie
• Living Room Chairs – Sitcom Furniture
• Living Room Chandelier and table lamps – Bombay Company
Wall Colors: All Benjamin Moore
Grey Tint: Living room, kitchen, office, foyer, dressing room
Grey Lake: Bathroom
Tuscon Winds: Bedroom
Floors: Minwax Wood Stain
Jacobean mixed with Red Mahogany