Suzanne Vega lives in a gorgeous, pre-war building in the Upper West Side, but her living room needed a little help. Its beautiful bones were hidden under mountains of books and overstuffed furniture, so she called in long-time friends Bob and Cortney to help with some decluttering and organization. The space included a cozy nook with floor to (almost) ceiling book shelves and a grand piano. The piano got moved into the larger space to make it the centerpiece of the room, and then Cortney paid a visit to her pal Cynthia Rowley to sneak some inspiration from Cynthia's beautiful book wall. In the end, Cortney went with a high book to knick knack ratio and organized the books by… wait for it… topic! (However, Cortney elected not to steal Cynthia's storage tip about stuffing Suzanne Vega's Steinway with champagne.)
But the big put-that-tip-in-your-back-pocket-for-later moment was when the Novos took Suzanne's chandelier to CarterSpray in Brooklyn to have it powder coated. The glossy kelly green result was flawless. If you ever want to take a project above the DIY spray paint level, then custom powder coating looks like the way to go. It was awesome! I'd love to know what it cost, so if you readers have any experience with it, be sure to let us know in the comments.
(Images: Matthew Williams)