AT Book Alert: Update on James and Margaret

AT Book Alert: Update on James and Margaret

Jill Slater
Apr 16, 2008

Name: James and Margaret

Home then: Midtown 1960's building, 565 sqft. studio

Home now: new 1-bdrm in same building

This week we check in on James and Margaret. They are all about change--new apartment and new baby--since we visited them for the making of our latest book, Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions.

James and Margaret love to update in major ways. They completely transformed their last home. Now they've moved upstairs to a larger apartment and have made it a priority to carve out a private room for their growing toddler.

James has built a mock-up of the dividing wall for an improvised bedroom. He plans to build the wall out of plywood, sheathed in plywood and covered with bakelite tiles to add shine and depth to the surface. The living room side will have recessed shelves for all media needs plus a wall garden that is only 3 inches deep. On the baby's bedroom side, the wall will contain fully built-in storage.

The baby's bedroom is only about 5.5' wide so James didn't want to completely close off the space. Alongside the wall will be two curtains to visually separate the space. Adjacent to this new bedroom is an existing closet that James now uses as his office.

Moving forward, James and Margaret hope to take on the kitchen and fully renovate it from it's current 1964 status. Other than that, they will likely add a wall of millwork in the bedroom to create more storage space. Whatever order they choose, based on past performance, we have no doubt that James and Margaret's new home will shine with individuality, great quality, and fine design.

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