Long Island City: Modern Living at the View

Showhouse Tour

Location: The View, Long Island City, Queens, New York
Size: 3-bedroom condo

Scott has been a pretty impressive part of Apartment Therapy's house tour history. We've watched him downsize from a huge New Jersey house to a great urban 1-bedroom with a suburban sized backyard. Now we get to see his creative flair applied to model units in a new waterfront neighbohood in Long Island City!

Scott is a real estate broker for a large new-construction condo development. Because of his penchant for interior design, he offered his curating and sourcing skills to stage a 3-bedroom model unit on the property's ground floor. His approach was to complement the extra high ceilings and to help people see the potential of living garden-side along New York's East River. He chose a more traditional style for this unit, bringing beautiful textures and wall coverings into play to add color and warmth.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Style: Eclectic — I aim to enhance the strengths of the space and correct/diminish any weaknesses the space has.

Inspiration: To create the feeling of retreat within the city.

Favorite Element: The high ceilings/scale of the unit and views of Manhattan. With 15' ceilings most furniture on the market was out of scale, or just too short for the space.

Biggest Challenge: Giving the unit a private feel.

What Friends Say: : The unit was a white box, and people who saw it before are usually most impressed with the difference painting the living spaces in one color made (walls/doors/ceiling). The long hallway between the foyer and the living room seemed too boring. Now the hallway frames the view and acts as a library and art space, leading you into the living room. Changing out the lighting also really brought down the scale of the space and helped showcase the great volume the space has.

Biggest Embarrassment: You sometimes have to stay with the installers every second they are working. I instructed someone to hang a grouping of mirrors and came back later in the day to find them out of whack. The job had to be redone. Make sure you understand the skill level of people you are working with — it's possible to teach people new tricks, but you do have to train them.

Proudest DIY: Taking a brand I really liked, in this case Area Home, and "re-wardrobing" their products to meet the needs of a more traditional space.

Biggest Indulgence: The trunk style desk and large dining chairs.

Best Advice: Start with a few goals that you can visually articulate for your space(s). Use those as a jumping off point to create a space that is unique to your home and yourself.

Dream Source/Resources: I still feel like no single source can or should be used for a home. A home evolves over time … no single source could ever be relied on to give that much layering and complexity.

Resources:

ENTRY HALL

    • Lighting: Pottery Barn & Restoration Hardware
    • Mirrors: Ballard Design (out of production. bought them a while ago knowing I'd find a use for them in the future)
    • Shelves: Restoration Hardware
    • Paint: Benjamin Moore HC 105 Rockport Gray

LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM
• Upholstered Pieces: Restoration Hardware
• Accent Pillows: Lands End
• Coffee Table: Restoration Hardware
• Dining Table: Restoration Hardware
• Bar Chart/Sofa Table: Pottery Barn
• Wallpaper: Lee Jofa/Cole & Son
• Paint: Benjamin Moore HC 105 Rockport Gray

BATHROOM
• Wallpaper Lee Jofa/Cole & Son

HOME OFFICE
• Desk/Chair: Restoration Hardware
• Love Seat: Martha Stewart
• Accent Pillows: Restoration Hardware
• Mirrors: Crate & Barrel
• Window Treatments: Custom for unit
• Wall Covering: Ted Boerner
• Wall Color: Donald Kaufman Color Collection

GUEST BEDROOM
• Bed Frames: Restoration Hardware
• Bedding: Lands End Home
• Dresser: Restoration Hardware
• Mirror: Restoration Hardware
• Rug: Karastan
• Wall Color: Ralph Lauren Basalt

MASTER BEDROOM
• Bed Frame: Restoration Hardware
• Bedding: Area Home
• Dresser/Night Table: Thomasville
• Rug: Karastan
• Mirror: Restoration Hardware
• Wall Color: Donald Kaufman Color Collection

Thanks, Scott!

(Images: Jill Slater)

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