House Call: MikeZ's Organic Modern Apartment

House Call: MikeZ's Organic Modern Apartment

Aaron Able
Jun 17, 2009

Name: MikeZ
Location: West Village, NYC

My general inspiration is a modern style with natural materials, finishes, and color, with touches of chrome, texture and pattern. A lot of mixing and not so much matching. I really do love the look of branches and driftwood as an accessory and I do use them a lot in my decor...

1 My bedroom offered a challenge with the chamfered window wall. The bent plywood stools I got on clearance from DWR gave me the seating I needed and I can bring them into the living room for guests if needed. The 'Stone Rug' (designed from the actual shape of a stone from the beach) came from a Conran Shop sample sale and was in perfect shape! The combination of seating helped to make the space a bit more cozy with a modern and natural sensibility that I appreciate.

2 Another small challenge was the heat registers. It can be hard to truly 'conceal' them because of their confined locations, and since they are somewhat nostalgic to the turn of the century building I live in, I didn't want to completely cover them up. In the living room I fastened some 2x4's I found together, painted them flat black, drilled holes and inserted sticks vertically to create a screen. In the bedroom I just removed all the paint and since I love more natural materials, including rusted metal, I left it rusted.

3 The kitchen had a double wide entry from the living room in addition to an entry from the hallway, and because I needed the space for a sofa I wanted to close the double entry off, but something that could be removed since the apartment is a rental. Since there was about 4" of space within that, I transformed that bit of space into a storage closet accessed from my kitchen.

4 I used Double bi-fold doors and installed some aluminum angles that I found from an office conference room renovation that I fastened on the backside of the plywood installed in the livingroom. I love the fact that I have a mini closet for glassware and other miscellaneous items!

5 On the living room side I installed 1/2" plywood that I covered with an inexpensive roll-up bamboo shade with some vertical weaving of the bamboo material. I love the natural and modern linear texture it creates! I finished off on the sides with corner wood molding that I stained a color called "bamboo" to match.

Thanks, MikeZ!

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