Lorin Luxuriates in a Studio

Lorin Luxuriates in a Studio

Jill Slater
Aug 26, 2009
Name: Lorin Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan Size: 400 square feet — Studio Years lived in: 9 years "Just because you have to live in a small space, doesn't mean you have to forgo convenience, organization, OR luxury." After nine years in a studio in the West Village, this is Lorin's modus operandi. Not only did her square footage change dramatically when she moved from a townhouse in DC, but her style did as well. Ten years ago she lived in a mid-century home, heavily influenced by the art collection of her ex-husband. Now, on her own, Lorin has allowed her fantasy of a traditional London flat to transform her New York City abode. Lorin spared no expense or effort to achieve the best living in a small space. She created a lot of built in storage areas, going so far as to customize a refrigerator that maximizes use of ceiling height. High ceilings in the apartment helped provide places to put things, and also staves off the potential claustrophobia of such a small home. It took Lorin over 18 months to fully transform a basic white box with low-end fittings in kitchen and bathroom into her dream home. She refers to her walk-in closet as “closet paradise” and exudes no end of pride in the oasis she has created. Apartment Therapy Survey: My style: European Traditional Inspiration: The townhouses and flats in Knightsbridge, London Favorite Element: My library Biggest Challenge: Fitting the contents from a 2 bedroom Georgetown townhouse into this studio. I couldn't. I had to edit. I have furniture in the homes of a dozen friends until... What Friends Say: Besides "Thanks for letting me use your _____"? About MY apartment? "It's fabulous!" Biggest Embarrassment: That I can't find a competent person to make me a radiator facade at a tenable price. Proudest DIY: My hand-painted "motto" kitchen backsplash tiles. I'm going to reproduce them. Biggest Indulgence: My nearly $4000 custom refrigerator. At only 18" wide and 7' tall, it holds as much as a conventional model while occupying a much smaller footprint. It's a good thing I like to cook and eat at home. Dream Source: P.E. Guerin (fixtures, of course. All hand cast and finished) Resources Living Area Curtain fabric, silk taffeta - Colefax & Fowler Giltwood curtain rod and rings - Sarkis Studio Crystal column lamp on bedside chest - Vaughan Tufted chair fabric - Lee Jofa Rounded corner cabinet - The Elysee Collection Den/Foyer Wide stripe sofa fabric - Ian Sanderson "Bamboo" brass standard lamp - Mario Buatta for Frederick Cooper Hanging foyer hundi (pumpkin) lantern - Vaughan Kitchen Built-in refrigerator - Northland Corp. Curtain fabric in Kitchen - Quadrille Ceiling Fixture - Visual Comfort Bath Sink and toilet from Kohler Lavatory faucet set - Cifial Brass bath accessories (toilet paper holder, grab bar, towel rack) - Ginger Shower curtain fabric - JAB Porcelain wall tile and moldings - Cerim Pietra Vicentina imported from Italy by Hoboken Floors Deco floor tile with border - American Olean Vintage Collection (Images: Walter Bell) • House Tour Archive: Check out past house tours here • Submit Your Own: Want us to feature your home? Submit your home through this submission form. We may publish you as a House Call or full House Tour.
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