My wife and I purchased our condominium in October, which is an 880 square foot 1 BR in a (slightly) pre-war building on Central Park West.
Two aspects we love about the apartment are its ceiling heights (nearly 10' in the Living Room) and the 7' x 21' gallery/multipurpose space between the entry and the kitchen and bedroom area...
The Living Room is sunken, and is accessed through two arched openings from this "gallery" area.
We have two questions:
1) How do we best furnish and use our space in the Living Room and Gallery? We love the fact that there
is a partial park view, but only from the area to the left of the window. The other direction is an interesting street view.
We intend to buy a new sofa, and to move the big club chair into the bedroom. We also intend to install a plasma TV on the right wall, where the blank space now exists.
Because the Living room is long and narrow (12x20) and has high ceilings, getting the right look there has been challenging. We also have a "no-man's-land" area opposite the dining room table, where we've placed two chairs - but we don't really use them.
In the Gallery, we've simply lined the wall with case goods. The large walnut unit is a desk with a drop down work surface. I can't imagine what else we can do with this space. Neither area feels very comfortable to us. HELP!
2) How can we lighten up the areas away from the windows?
We intend to refinish the floors, but are undecided as to whether to leave them "natural," which would be lighter than the existing bad sand-job, or to stain them with a "white wash" effect.
We also intend to install recessed lighting. We like the idea of small MR-16 fixtures, particularly in the gallery area, but have no idea where to begin in terms of the placement of the fixtures.
Thanks! Peter and Lisa