Inside Out: Sarah and Jim's Architecturally Infused Nest

Inside Out: Sarah and Jim's Architecturally Infused Nest

Jill Slater
Nov 21, 2007

Inside Out: A showcase for those who transform their residences into homes via innovative intervention

Name: Sarah and Jim

Location: Jackson Heights

Size: 1100 sq ft, 2-bdrm co-op

Years lived in: 5 years

By choosing Jackson Heights five years ago Sarah and Jim were able to purchase a very spacious pre-war apartment that needed a lot of work.

Fortunately, the couple comes with a host of design and architectural skills...

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Not only did they design the renovated kitchen space, but Sarah and Jim also built many of the pieces in their home. They personally poured the concrete for the kitchen counter, and Jim built the baby changing station and the low lying toy storage in the living room.

Jim and Sarah have perfected the art of mixing the mass manufactured cheap with the high-end designer. Together, they have a home that feels lived in and looks crisp and well thought out.

AT Survey:

Style: Casual Urban
Inspiration: Travel, friends, books, web, and the challenge of decorating with a 1yr old in mind
Favorite Element:: How spacious the apartment feels, the light in the morning and couple favorite pieces of furniture.
Most Talked About Element: The kitchen wall
Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom, we haven't done anything with it yet. And corners here & there; it's defiantly not a decorator's apartment. We're always fixing, streamlining and improving.
Proudest DIY: : Our kitchen, making the concrete counter top in particular.
Best Advice: Buy the best quality you can afford and those pieces will last longer than any temporary solution
Biggest Challenge: Keeping a handle on all the clutter.
I change: the knick knacks in all rooms most frequently. I'm always working on the perfect accessory vignette.
What Friends Say: Nicknamed by one of our friends as 'Urban Beach House', that probably speaks for itself
Dream Source: Custom crafted anything, either by someone else or DIY, it's such a great feeling to get exactly what you want and makes for a great story too.
Biggest Indulgence: Having our bed custom made.
Three words to describe my home: Casual, comfortable & happy
Reality source: Ikea, DIY, sample sales, Craigslist & Ebay.

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