A 475-Square-Foot NYC Apartment’s Renovation Took It from Beige to Barbie-Inspired
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On the first call with interior designer Crystal Maki, principal designer at Silverwing Interiors, apartment owner Courtney Hammond said she wanted “a place to hang out and have martinis before going out with my friends.” Maki was totally up for the challenge of infusing fun into this apartment, despite it being a 100-year-old, 475-square-foot, poorly laid-out space.
“Previous work over many decades left the whole apartment a bit crooked. Crooked floors, crooked walls, and of course a slightly crooked ceiling made laying tile and putting in cabinetry that extended to the ceiling tricky,” Maki explains. The bed also used to jut into the bedroom entrance because it was a couple of inches too big, and storage and countertop space needed maximizing.
Hammond, who owned and lived in the apartment for two years, then rented it out for 15 years before recently deciding to renovate it as a pied-a-terre for herself, said she wanted a “funky, modern, Barbie-colored pad that made people smile and comfortable as soon as they walked in the door. I wanted to balance the fun decor with a concentrated effort on maximizing every inch of space.”
Maki says her favorite thing about the space is how it’s packed with personality, but also incredibly functional. “There is storage in every room, and plenty of it. There is a sleeper sofa for guests, built-in bookcases, and cabinetry that utilizes wall space perfectly by extending to the ceiling. The custom bed has a headboard with shelving and cabinetry to the ceiling. There is even storage inside the headboard. The bathroom has a medicine cabinet that takes up almost a whole wall,” Maki details. “Courtney has a lot of things in her 475-square-foot apartment and it doesn’t feel overcrowded, which is, in and of itself, a major feat.”
PAINT & COLORS
- Custom sleeper sofa — Avery Boardman
- Hot pink velvet fabric — Fabricut
- Rug — CB2
- Chair fabric, Romo — Zinc Textile
- Roman shades with Samuel & Sons trim — The Shade Store
- Throw pillows, Phases-Ebony and Poodle Ball-Jet — DV Kap
- Coffee and side table, Countour Table — Caracole
- Built-in paper backing — Omexco Romo Group
- Lighting, Sparta — Hudson Valley Lighting
- Electric fireplace — Dimplex
- Neon sign — Nuwave Neon
- Accent wallpaper, Uptown — Society 0f Wonderland
- Art — Holly Suzanne Rader
This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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