I just fell so in love with this space -- a mere 640 square feet -- featured in the July/August 2012 print edition of House Beautiful on Big Style in Small Spaces. The magazine was just packed with great ideas on how to be efficient and utilize every square inch of space in small rooms/houses/apartments.
The spaces ran the gamut from mostly white to mostly neutrals to saturated with color, and every decorating style, from shabby chic to Euro sleek. I will keep this magazine in my inspiration stash for years to come.
Back to the chartreuse apartment! It is owned (?) by designers Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic. Brockschmidt is part of New York City design firm Brockschmidt and Coleman.
Now, to the scans!
Look at that gallery wall! It is cleverly arranged over a wall with closet space -- do you see the closet door knobs? And notice the lining to the matching-wall-colored drapes at the window -- pale blue. Soooo lovely! Hey, what can I say, I'm a sucker for classical design :)
In this photo, you can see how tall the walls are -- I scoured the article to see if the actual height was mentioned but all I could find was reference to the apartment being carved out of a "loft building." When Brockschmidt and Dragisic purchased the apartment, there was a wall separating this space from the space you'll see in the next photo. They very smartly took the wall down to open up the room and provide its sense of massive volume and grandeur. The rest is just damn good decorating. A New York loft space -- who'd have thunk it! It would look at home in a 14th century mansion lining the canals of Venice or the cozy spaces of an mid 19th-century Regency town-home in Bath or Brighton.
Where formerly separated by a wall, the dining/library and living room spaces are now open to each other. The harpsichord was custom-made for the space! This view is from the bedroom loft space above, accessed by an open staircase against the far wall on the right (out of photo range). When entertaining, the owners use the stairs as buffet space.
This photo shows part of the open staircase (look ma, no railing!) that leads to the loft bedroom and private space above. The entire space is turned into a library and another gallery wall. The opening, right, is to the galley kitchen. Pocket doors can close off the space.
House Beautiful supplied a list of resources for the issue. I copied the particulars for this space below if you're interested:
82 ONE-ROOM GRANDEUR
Pages 82 to 89: Designer: Brockschmidt & Coleman; 212-608-5065; brockschmidtandcoleman.com.
Entry hall: Wallpaper, Adena Pin Rings in custom color; wallpaper trim, Greek Key Border in Gold—Adelphi Paper Hangings (T); adelphipaperhangings.com. Ceiling trim; floor trim; door paint—Benjamin Moore (M); benjaminmoore.com. Floor finish, blend of Ebony and Jacobean—Minwax (M); minwax.com. Ceiling fixture, Alabaster Sculptured Dish—Urban Archaeology (R); urbanarchaeology.com.
Living room: Wall paint, Mustard Olive; trim paint —Benjamin Moore (M); benjaminmoore.com. Dining chair fabric, Lanka Reversible in Lagoon by Old World Weavers; sofa fabric, Lanka Reversible in Pollen by Old World Weavers—Stark Carpet (T); starkcarpet.com. Desk chair fabric, Brocatelle Le Griffon in Sulphur—Claremont (T); claremontfurnishing.com. Harpsichord chair fabric, Madeline Stripe in Sunflower—Stroheim & Romann (T); stroheim.com. Window armchair fabric, Putti in Loden—Rogers & Goffigon (T); 203-532-8068. Sofa, custom by designer; sofa fabrication—Second Life Interiors (M); 212-254-5699. Assorted pillow fabrics on sofa—Erin Wilson Quilts (M); erinwilsonquilts.com. Ikat pillow fabric—Bergamo (T); bergamofabrics.com. Yellow silk pillow on sofa, Bang Na in Cat’s Eye—Jim Thompson (T); jimthompson.com. Curtain fabric, Dogwood White Linen, dyed to match the walls—Hines & Co. (T); 212-754-5880. Fabric dyeing—Dye-Namix (T); dyenamix.com. Chandelier sleeve fabric, Mogador Taffeta in Turquoise—Brunschwig & Fils (T); brunschwig.com. Area rug, antique Bessarabian carpet—Richard Afkari Rugs on Stone (R,T); richardafkari.com. Carpet, wall-to-wall Hemp Grass—Beauvais Carpets (T); beauvaiscarpets.com. Coffee table by Mrs. MacDougall—Hinson & Co. (T); 914-881-1470. Decorative painting on harpsichord—Osmundo Studio (M); osmundostudio.com.
Bedroom: Wall paint, Mustard Olive—Benjamin Moore (M); benjaminmoore.com. Coverlet fabric; fabric panels behind bed, Blue 4 by Muriel Brandolini—Holland & Sherry (T); hollandandsherry.com. Valance fabric, Mayflower in Ivory—Pindler & Pindler (T); pindler.com. Bed linens, Italian Hotel Satin Stitch in Black—Restoration Hardware (R); restorationhardware.com. Wall lamps, Boston Hi-Lo Wall Lamp—Circa Lighting (R); circalighting.com. Custom black shades—Just Shades (R); justshades.com. Bedside table, Martini (color discontinued)—West Elm (R); westelm.com.
Bath: Wallcovering, Blue 4 by Muriel Brandolini—Holland & Sherry (T); hollandandsherry.com. Trim around sconces, Rumba Tassel Fringe— Houlès (T); houles.com. Sink, Caxton—Kohler (M); kohler.com. Faucet, Ashbury 8" Widespread—Restoration Hardware (R); restorationhardware.com. Countertop stone, Nero Marquina marble. Sconces, Rectangular Wall Light—Vaughan (T); vaughandesigns.com.
Kitchen: Custom cabinet diamond motif and trim paint—DK Interiors (M); 718-281-1415. Tile backsplash, Rittenhouse subway tile—Daltile (M); daltile.com.
Yeah, a lot to take in!
December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan