Recently I completed my most challenging and rewarding project to-date. Located in downtown Manhattan, the apartment, a pied-a-terre for an amazing, kind, trusting, Australian couple with impeccable taste, is now for rent (quite the unexpected twist!). They’ve returned home and are offering the place, beautifully furnished of course, for either short or long term leases. If you’re interested, email me and I’ll happily provide the details.
Miraculously Alice and Danny found this blog from all the way across the world and hired me right after our first Skype conversation, which is something I’ll never get over. You also think it’s something that would inspire me to update the blog more regularly, but I digress……
Purchased as an investment for the future (they hope to live here for extended periods in the next few years) Alice and Danny wanted to create a beautiful, eclectic, serene environment from what was basically an entirely blank canvas. Start to finish this apartment was truly a labor of love and trust and lots and lots of emails. They actually saw very little in person until arriving.
Right from the start, they were incredibly supportive of local craftsman and artists, whom we involved whenever possible and some of whom I’m going to give a special shout out to…right, now. First and foremost, the space would not be the same without the hard work and dedication of my contractor and electrician, Ivan Lockett. Ivan – you rock. It was a thrill to finally collaborate with Shanan Campanaro and to incorporate her AMAZING wallpaper collection Eskayel, into a project. Alice and Danny absolutely fell in love with her talent and the designs, all of which come from paintings she creates in her Williamsburg studio. I also have an abundance of thanks to direct at Jay Kiecolt-Wahl of Bushwick’s Plumbline Custom Furniture. Jay brilliantly crafted a custom desk and media cabinet that were vital to the project as they really brought everything together. The collaboration was not easy (I can be particular), but I love them and he crafted both flawlessly. Other artists include: Brian Volk-Zimmerman, whose 7 Drawer Miniature Chest stands proudly in the corner; Eric Slayton whose concrete bench is truly a work of sculpture; Doban Architecture’s walnut mirror in the entry and Fort Standard’s walnut floor mirror, which we mounted above the dining room table.
See it all for yourself by clicking here or by visiting the Portfolio page. And let me know what you think!