The Inside Out: Alberto’s Compromise

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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 décor, 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.

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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.

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