John and Melissa's City Skyline Renovation

John and Melissa's City Skyline Renovation

Liz Vidyarthi
Mar 23, 2010

Name: John and Melissa
Location: Manhattan, New York
Size: 2,300 sq/ft
Years lived in: 1 year, owned
Who else lives here: Lia, 8 months

When John and Melissa moved into their apartment twenty-four stories about Central Park, they knew they wanted the sweeping city views to take center stage. But the building, originally constructed as a hotel, had a walled-off kitchen, blocking the light that now floods the apartment. With baby Lia on the way, they set about renovating the kitchen and transforming the apartment into an airy, family-friendly space.

With the help of eco-conscious Nirmada Interior Design, the couple chose a natural, neutral palate, using wholesome materials that would be rugged enough to stand up to life with a small child. The kitchen wall came down, replaced by a long open bar made from GreenGuard-certified Ceasarstone quartz, which doubled the feel of the space. The cabinets are made from urea-formaldehyde free particleboard, and the paint and lacquer finishes are both low VOC. A beautiful backsplash of recycled glass, one of the couple's favorite elements, finished off the kitchen with a warm touch of color just two days before Lia's arrival.

The classic chrome furniture is upholstered with plush Crypton Green fabric, made from recycled polyester fibers that do a great job of repelling spills. All the lighting was replaced by CFL or halogen bulbs, with striking geometric fixtures that give the soft sparkle of a candle. The gentle glow illuminates the rooms without distracting from the city skyline, which can be bright enough to read by at night.

AT Survey:

My/Our style: Comfortable modern

Inspiration: View of Central Park, natural neutrals

Favorite Element: Open kitchen, views of the park

Biggest Challenge: Opening up the kitchen/construction of new kitchen

What Friends Say: The opening of the kitchen has made the space feel twice as large and improved the views.

Proudest DIY: Baby nursery

Biggest Indulgence: Cowhide chair – it's funky piece that mixes it up a bit.

Best Advice: Hire Nirmada!

Dream Source: Fort Street Studio, which specializes in sustainably-harvested wild silk carpets.


Overall: Knoll Studio/Knoll Textiles, Pollack, Carnegie, Advanced Home Entertainment (AV), HP Klein Contractor

Appliances: Sub-Zero, Kohler

Furniture: Knoll, Gus Modern, Nicoletti Italia, Room and Board, Suite NY, Juin Ho

Accessories: Humanscale, Room and Board

Lighting: Artemide, Foscarini, Europhase, Flos, Room and Board

Rugs and Carpets: ABC Carpet, Fort Street Studio, The Rug Company

Tiles and Stone: Caesarstone

Window Treatments: A and M Window Fashions

Beds: Suite NY

Artwork: Soicher Marin

Paint: Ann Sacks, Benjamin Moore, Maya Romanoff

Flooring: Stone Source

(Thanks, John and Melissa!)

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(Images: Liz Vidyarthi)

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