Turn Key Design: Manhattan

1 Feb

Although this project was completed a couple weeks ago I wanted to share it with you anyway.  One of my past staging clients recommended me to her brother in Manhattan.  Here’s what he had: a tv.  Here’s what he needed: everything for a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom.  That’s ALOT of stuff people!  But I was happy and ready to take on the challenge.

Why was this so challenging?  We wanted to get him completely moved in within two weeks time and I was coordinating/shopping from Philadelphia.  I met with him at the condo for an initial consultation and to discuss budget/likes and dislikes.

After meeting him I knew exactly what I wanted to create in the space.  A comfortable place to relax/watch (Philadelphia) sports 🙂  I wanted this to be a mature man cave.  My inspiration was a men’s suite.  I started by choosing a sofa and went from there.  Everything came together beautifully.

My color scheme was black, white, gray and silver.  To add hints of color I threw in some art with blue grays/gold as well as curtains that mimicked the gold/gray and a rug that incorporated  a little green/tan.  He didn’t want clutter so I kept the design simple and minimal while trying to keep it cozy and warm.

The space was small so I had to get creative.  We wanted a bar but I felt a traditional solid wood bar would cramp the space.  So I found these stackable cubes at Crate and Barrel that I used as a corner bar in the living room.  I’m so glad I did because the open shape of the cubes keeps the space open and doesn’t obstruct the amazing view of the Hudson River.

Because there isn’t room for a dining table we needed a coffee table that could double as an eating area.  The challenge was he also wanted an ottoman to put his feet up.   The solution a leather storage ottoman with a lid that flips over to reveal two wood trays suitable for eating.  Score!

We had enough room in the entry for a small table which I thought would be great for a charging station and ‘catch-all’.  I know how men like to empty their pockets as soon as they walk through the door.  I was hoping this would help him stay organized.

Notice the artwork in the entry.  This is a print I ordered from my friend/photographer Tim Gibson (NYCHDR).  I highly recommend you check out his site.  AMAZING work, very talented. The print says ‘If there is no struggle there can be no progress’ Frederick Douglass.  I chose this specifically for the entry.  I thought it was a great quote to see when you walk out the door.  It can remind us to keep our heads up even when we’re faced with trials throughout our day.

The bedroom is a small space but we were able to fit a queen size bed and six drawer dresser, which I was very happy about.  I found a shallow (18″ deep) dresser at West Elm that was not only aesthetically perfect but spatially perfect as well.  I had enough room to add a standing mirror which I thought was practical but also helps to make the space feel larger.

The print above the bed is another NYCHDR photo of NYC.  It is an amazing photo, but unfortunately my shots look terrible.  It was late at night and the lighting was poor.  Sorry guys!  🙂

This was a terrific job and I had so much fun creating a space for my client.  He said he loves it and that’s what it’s all about!

If you have any questions about the furniture in this space or are looking for help with your own home email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com

Thanks for reading!


The Staging Chick

One Response to “Turn Key Design: Manhattan”

  1. Tim Gibson February 2, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    The place looks great! Thanks for adding my art!

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