Nellie's New Old Home

Nellie's New Old Home

Jill Slater
Jan 25, 2010
Name: Nellie Location: West Village Size: 500 square feet, 2-bedroom Years lived in: 11 years Nellie's home comes to us by way of the people who were instrumental in recreating it on her behalf. Kermit and Azadeh run a design company together and were hired to revamp Nellie's pre-war home. After 10 years of tolerating its propensity to accumulate clutter and never seem to have room for anything, Nellie wanted her home to change, noticeably. She got in touch with Azadeh and Kermit, made her style known, expressed her desire for a coat closet, and an open kitchen, among many other things, and then moved to a sublet in Brooklyn for six months. Because the project went incredibly smoothly, she was able to move back in after that period of time!! Azadeh and Kermit of Made by Two took on the project with an anti-gut renovation approach. They used a lot of the existing walls and built-ins and respected the integrity and design of Nellie's original pre-war apartment. They report that "Nellie was clear about her tastes and budget, very decisive, incredibly enthusiastic, positive, patient and appreciative about our aesthetic vision for her home." According to Made by Two, their client was a dream client. Once the space was designed, Azadeh and Kermit helped Nellie source lighting, wallpaper, and some new furniture. The challenge of creating space out of a small footprint was helped by the apartment's great bones. In addition, Nellie had the flexibility of sacrificing one of her existing bedrooms to serve as a living room, while still maintaining a good proportioned dining room. The natural light and the very white built-ins help create airiness in which to indulge. The clean lines with all that wonderful away-from-sight storage make for a home that celebrates open space more than stuff. Apartment Therapy Survey Style: French farmhouse meets 1940s tenement apartment Inspiration: Morocco, ocean, children’s art Favorite Element: wood Biggest Challenge: creating systems for storing and finding things easily What Friends Say: great energy, satisfying use of space Biggest Embarrassment: a coffee table that belongs on a back porch somewhere in 1945 Proudest DIY: Does jury-rigging a screen into my window count? Biggest Indulgence: Perlick drawer refrigerator Best Advice: simplify and de-clutter Dream Source: green reeds flowing flat in glassy stream Resources Designer: Made By Two LLC, New York Contractor: Bluetec Cabinetry, New York Wood Stripper: Rodney Taitt Woodstripping, (347) 707-9455 Floors: Original, refinished. Kitchen Refrigerator: 48" Perlick, 2 fridge drawers and 1 freezer door Dishwasher: 18" Bosch Range: 24" Bluestar (available in tons of colors!) Kitchen Hood: Sirius Kitchen Drawer Handles: IKEA Cherry Butcher Block Countertops: John Boos Faucets: Rohl, Country Kitchen Deck-Mounted Bridge Faucet Farm sink: Barclay Cabinetry Hardware: Hafele Wood cabinets: original kitchen built-in, stripped and finished by Rodney Taitt Dining Room Custom Cabinetry & Shelving Washer/Dryer Combo Unit: LG Dining Table: custom, West Barnstable Tables Chairs: Ebay Chandelier: Anthropologie Wallpaper: Neisha Crosland Living Sofa and Arm Chair: John Derian Custom Cabinetry & Shelving Bathroom Sink Faucets: Rohl, polished nickel Handwash Basin: Villeroy Boch Shower Fixture: Rohl, polished nickel Toilet: Toto Floor Tiles: Daltile 1" hex tiles, special order pattern Wall tiles: Daltile, Semi-Gloss, Glazed Ceramic, White
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