Vintage Finds in a Classic Co-op

Professional Project

Project by: Jill Danyelle: Art & Design
Location: Upper West Side, NYC

Jill tells us about her work on this home: I really enjoy getting to know my clients and creating a space that speaks not only to their functional needs, but also feels like their home when they walk in the door. This apartment is a one bedroom in a co-op building on West End Ave. The vibe for the space was a mix of classic, more traditional pieces combined with some rustic and Old World Spanish notes.

I tried to find pieces that had already stood the test of time and could last a few more decades, such as the vintage Drexel sideboard and armoire. The latter supposedly came from the old Playboy mansion in Chicago. We saved a vintage bed that was a wreck, by having it stripped and oiled. The Lane dresser was also worse for the wear, but with a new coat of blue paint, its brass fixtures pop and it really makes the bedroom. One of our favorite things were the vintage brass sconces I found. They turn on/off and dim just by touching the brass. The client loved them and it is such a great example of how the functional aspect of design can influence your experience.

We totally changed the mood of the kitchen with some gray paint and a simple reworking of the office area that sits at one end. It diminished some jarring contrasts and maximized space and functionality. The main living space does not have a ton of direct light, so I tried to maximize it with mirrors. I admit that some grasscloth might have been fantastic here and I lobbied a bit for blue paint, but the white paint we went with did freshen up the space. 

Most of the items found are vintage, antique, eBay, craigslist, flea market, you name it, so we didn't have to worry about lead times too much - and this really helped stretch the budget. I love these pieces for the character that they can bring to a space, but we decided to go with a new sofa (Room & Board), which I think can be a good decision if you don't want to deal with reupholstery. I bought the blue velvet chair on craigslist because we had already gotten rid of all the previous furniture. It was in good condition and I felt guilty my client would be without a comfortable chair for six weeks. I thought we might resell it and go with something else in the end, but turns out the client loved it.

Thanks, Jill!

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(Images: Jill Danyelle Art & Design)

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