Paris Comes to New York City in a 700-Square-Foot Apartment’s Renovation

published Jun 5, 2023

Paris Comes to New York City in a 700-Square-Foot Apartment’s Renovation

published Jun 5, 2023
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When Michelle Trinh, who’s an advisor and consultant for MK. T Consulting (a company she founded in 2022), was looking to buy an apartment, she saw around 20 units before landing on the one. Although, at the time, she wasn’t sure if the space was for her. 

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“I wasn’t sold on it at first, but my broker (and dear friend James Michael Angelo) pushed me to really think on it,” Trinh writes. “We put in an offer, and I was really excited to renovate the place (even though I heard so many nightmares about the process).”

The space had some original elements that attracted her. Not only was the 700-square-foot, two-story apartment located in Manhattan’s dreamy West Village neighborhood, but it was also constructed by the same architect who built Grand Central Station, Trinh shares.

“I loved the high, 10-foot ceilings on the first floor and could see the potential of renovating the whole space and making it mine,” Trinh writes. “While, for some, a basement bedroom is a deal-breaker, it was a bonus for me! I love it to be pitch black when I sleep, and I usually don’t hang out in my bedroom.” 

After closing on her new one-bedroom home, Trinh started reimagining the space — a task she didn’t take lightly. She put together a presentation for her architect, J7 Design, outlining exactly what she was looking for and where she wanted to incorporate certain details into the space. The architect’s response? That she was the best client ever. 

“The brief was simple: combine Parisian charm with New York resourcefulness. I lived in Paris for four years and really loved the old-world Haussmannian style.”

It only took seven months to renovate the space completely, and Trinh was able to move in — with her dog, Augie — in November 2019. However, after spending more time at home during the pandemic, she got to know the space and decided to repaint and redecorate. Since her apartment tour went viral on TikTok, she signed up for interior design courses to see if it’s something she wants to pursue long-term.

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PAINT & COLORS

  • Living room — Benjamin Moore “Linen White”
  • Bedroom — Benjamin Moore “Linen White”
  • Dressing room — Farrow & Ball “Setting Plaster”
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ENTRY

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LIVING ROOM

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KITCHEN

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BEDROOM

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DRESSING ROOM

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BATHROOM

Thanks, Michelle!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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