John and Melissa
Manhattan, New York
Years lived in:
1 year, owned
Who else lives here:
Lia, 8 months
When John and Melissa moved into their apartment twenty-four stories about Central Park, they knew they wanted the sweeping city views to take center stage. But the building, originally constructed as a hotel, had a walled-off kitchen, blocking the light that now floods the apartment. With baby Lia on the way, they set about renovating the kitchen and transforming the apartment into an airy, family-friendly space.
With the help of eco-conscious Nirmada Interior Design
, the couple chose a natural, neutral palate, using wholesome materials that would be rugged enough to stand up to life with a small child. The kitchen wall came down, replaced by a long open bar made from GreenGuard-certified Ceasarstone quartz, which doubled the feel of the space. The cabinets are made from urea-formaldehyde free particleboard, and the paint and lacquer finishes are both low VOC. A beautiful backsplash of recycled glass, one of the couple’s favorite elements, finished off the kitchen with a warm touch of color just two days before Lia’s arrival.
The classic chrome furniture is upholstered with plush Crypton Green fabric, made from recycled polyester fibers that do a great job of repelling spills. All the lighting was replaced by CFL or halogen bulbs, with striking geometric fixtures that give the soft sparkle of a candle. The gentle glow illuminates the rooms without distracting from the city skyline, which can be bright enough to read by at night.
View of Central Park, natural neutrals
Open kitchen, views of the park
Opening up the kitchen/construction of new kitchen
What Friends Say:
The opening of the kitchen has made the space feel twice as large and improved the views.
Cowhide chair – it’s funky piece that mixes it up a bit.
Fort Street Studio, which specializes in sustainably-harvested wild silk carpets.
Knoll Studio/Knoll Textiles, Pollack, Carnegie, Advanced Home Entertainment (AV), HP Klein Contractor
Knoll, Gus Modern, Nicoletti Italia, Room and Board, Suite NY, Juin Ho
Humanscale, Room and Board
Artemide, Foscarini, Europhase, Flos, Room and Board
Rugs and Carpets:
ABC Carpet, Fort Street Studio, The Rug Company
Tiles and Stone:
A and M Window Fashions
Ann Sacks, Benjamin Moore, Maya Romanoff
(Thanks, John and Melissa!)
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(Images: Liz Vidyarthi)