The Inside Out: Alberto's Compromise

The Inside Out: Alberto's Compromise

Maxwell Ryan
May 18, 2005

Name: Alberto Location: Lower 5th Avenue (Manhattan) Favorite: The windows Quote: "I don't want to feel like an old Victorian lady, living in the past"

Like family, when you want to transform an apartment in a potential historic landmark building to a haven of minimalist d├ęcor, there are certain aspects you never chose and you don't like but with which you have to live.

Alberto, a producer for ABC's Good Morning America, would like his home to be as sleek, and up-to-the-minute as possible. As he says, "I don't want to feel like an old Victorian lady, living in the past".

So his challenge is to work around the beautiful 12 foot ceilings, huge molded doors and walls, original windows, and fireplace. Alberto does appreciate these elements of the apartment, but would like the final effect to be such that this history creates a solid and charming background to a more steamlined, clean-lined foreground.

To achieve that, he is going to have some modern pieces custom built in the main room as well as the bedroom, lighten the floor color, paint the walls a light gray with white trim, and reduce clutter to nil.

He looked at a lot of places to buy and found this one on Craigslist being sold directly by the owner. He jumped at such a chance, especially after he was rendered breathless by the incredible way the ample light played on the space. After leaving 900 square feet in Williamsburg, this apartment was a space sacrifice, but the location, light, and original design elements more than made up for it. JS

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