Mellow and Monochrome with Attitude in NYC

Professional Project

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Project by: Fanny Abbes of The New Design Project
Location: Upper East Side, New York, New York

Don't let the "Professional Project" title fool you; this 400 sq. ft. remodel of a small apartment in Manhattan has lots of creative re-uses to create a space that doesn't have a lot of color but has a whole lot of style and comfort. It's a definite lesson on how even monotone and modest homes can be made to feel comfortable, welcoming and full of character by carefully curating selections, incorporating rich textures and re-purposing items in surprising ways.

From designer Fanny:
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This gut renovation project is pared back but does not skimp on character and individuality thanks to a variety of accent pieces such as the double-act coffee table (square concrete stool vs. “airy” copper tray) or the crisp white/black/gold touches contrasting from an overall soft grey palette.

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All the architectural details (window frames, skirting boards…) and even cabinetry have been painted out (i.e. same color as wall) to incorporate them allowing fittings and furnishings (hardware, tiles…) to shine. The crumpled linen slipcover with inside out stitching, the fading black pattern rug or the jute cushions emphasize the relaxed atmosphere.
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Re-purposing is also part of the composition:

  • Hardwood boards (Home Depot) become the backdrop of a story telling framed art
  • Cable reels found on local construction site or electrical supplier were “dressed up” in fabric to become stools
  • Black electrical tape create the back wall art
  • Kid’s plastic letters were painted to give them a grown-up look
  • Small glass vases found at a local flea were dipped in white paint, left to dry slowly and applied few gold leaf bits to elevate them as ceramics
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Overall, apart from millwork, none of the items (fittings/fixtures/furnishings) cost more than $500. Paint colors in the space: Benjamin Moore San Antonio Gray in the kitchen and Benjamin Moore Barren Plain in the living room and bedroom.

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To find more details go to The New Design project website and on their Pinterest page.

Thanks, Fanny Abbes!

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(Image credits: Alan Gastelum)

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