A fifth floor pre-war apartment has undergone a stunning overhaul of its interiors by CWB Architects, located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. The urban home of a busy family of four, this 2,800 square foot property underwent a major overhaul that included a brand kitchen, all new bathroom, custom millwork and furnishings and a lighting system that highlights the owner’s extensive art collection. To allow the artwork and sculptural lines of the furnishings to be showcased, the design team selected a sophisticated and subdued color palette. The central gathering spot of the residence is the den, where the family enjoys spending time together conversing and watching movies. The space presents itself as an area of warmth and tranquility, with a clean lined fireplace and firebox and neutral, soft furnishings.
A gallery wall in the dining/kitchen area showcases a personalized collection of family photos, making this space very welcoming and cozy. A functionally designed all white kitchen mixed is accented with stainless steel appliances and light fixtures to create a sophisticated and modern aesthetic. The designers repeated the yellow from a piece of artwork in the living room into the dining room chairs, creating harmony. What do you think, does this design of this home appeal to you?
Here on 1 Kindesign we have brought to you other fabulous home tours of CWB Architects. If you are inspired by their work, have a look and get some ideas to incorporate into your own home!
Photos: Hulya Kolabas
A full gut renovation of a four story Romanesque Revival row house was carried out by CWB Architects, located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. The original 4,200 square foot property was once a single-family home and then underwent constructed to be a multi-family residence. The new homeowner decided to restore the structure back to its former footprint. Dubbed the “Lighthouse”, the home underwent a two year transformation. The existing details of the parlor level were in pretty good shape, so part of it was salvaged and restored to a combination living and dining area. The remainder of the five-bedroom residence received a modern update. According to the architects, “an existing extension was replaced with a new, full-width extension providing a half-level between parlor and garden floors. This “split-level” zone with large floor to ceiling windows provides a direct connection from the kitchen to the garden, as well as between the kitchen and family room below.”
Dinesen Douglas fir wide-plank flooring can be seen throughout the majority of the interiors. All cabinetry throughout the home has been custom designed. Interior designer Tamara Eaton worked with the clients to select art, hardware and wall coverings throughout the interiors, as well as design custom furniture pieces. The home also boasts 880 square feet of exterior living space.
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The modern kitchen boasts a wall of white subway tile, countertops of honed Carrara marble, a custom designed hand-forged brass hood as a focal point and a Lacanche stove.
The beautiful kitchen area features an antique hutch that was purchased by the owner and designed to fit within a paneled wall that conceals a refrigerator and pantry cabinets on either side.
One of the bedrooms offers a cozy alcove featuring a luxurious claw-foot tub, illuminated by a bank of windows that opens to a terrace overlooking the gardens in the backyard.
The master suite includes this cozy sitting room area that features a sunlit bay window and wood-burning fireplace. A small nook offers a bookcase and study.
Waterworks fixtures and Ann Sacks tiles decorates this lavish en-suite master bathroom. Additional features includes heated floors, a double-height shower illuminated by a skylight and a water closet.
A hallway space is used as a comfortable space to curl up with a book. It is also a great space for children to play with toys and where adults can simultaneously lounge.
There is a separate entrance to a guest apartment off the garden, which houses a solarium, sitting area, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom. The basement level offers a spacious storage area, a workout area and a custom dog kennel.
Photos: Francis Dzikowski / ESTO
This incredible industrial style loft in downtown New York showcases enviable views of the Hudson River, the former apartment of actress Kirsten Dunst. The actress had purchased the 7,211 square foot (670 square meters), two bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom SoHo penthouse apartment back in 2007 for $3.09 million. The loft is situated in one of the most iconic buildings in Manhattan, and underwent a complete gut renovation right after the actress acquired the home. The loft also features a spacious living room and stylish kitchen, which have been furnished with the finest blend of modern and vintage pieces, creating an industrial-chic style that is very characteristic of the neighborhood. Upon entrance to the loft, you will notice a spacious library and sitting area with a separate powder room. This leads to an open plan living area, encompassing a kitchen, dining room and lounge area. The kitchen has been updated with marble countertops and Wolf and SubZero appliances and the adjacent dining room seats eight guests comfortably. Expansive, southwest facing windows allows natural light to bathe the spaces throughout the day. The bright and airy master bedroom retreat features an antique style king-sized bed and an adjoining bathroom with a large vintage clawfoot foot tub, separate shower and heated towel holder on a beautiful custom mosaic tiled floor. Additional features of the penthouse loft includes soaring 11 foot high ceilings, custom wide planked wood flooring, and a state-of-the-art security system. The best part about this amazing apartment is that it is now currently being offered for rent. This space can be all yours for the asking price of $12,500 per month, spotted on Douglas Elliman!
We definately would not mind spending a year or more in this A-lister penthouse with awesome views and killer location. How about you, could you find yourself living in this sweet pad?
Have a look at some other great features here on 1 Kindesign in the swanky SoHo area: SoHo loft gets an inspiring new look and Ultimate contemporary SoHo loft with exquisite details
This converted printing house was transformed into a New American Style by interior designer Scott Sanders, located in the West Village of New York. The home features a perfect and sophisticated blend of traditional and contemporary styling, informally elegant and fun, customized to fit the client’s lifestyle. The designer’s ‘New American Style’ is based on the new style of the city of New York, a minimalist box that is dressed in white and influenced by social and environmental connections of the century. Art is a major element that is expressed throughout the interiors, making the spaces feel comfortable with classic design and contemporary spaces stimulated. A mix of iconic and traditional pieces decorates the home, showcasing clean lines, innovative contemporary art and ingenious furniture elements. Soaring ceilings and spacious interiors are defined by bright accented walls and bold accents. What is your favorite feature of this stylish conversion project? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, we love hearing your feedback!
We have featured plenty of unique conversions in the New York area here on 1 Kindesign, in case you missed them, take a peek at some yummy eye candy here: Ingenious design update to a Brooklyn Heights loft conversion and Lower East Side townhouse conversion in New York.
Photos: Casas AD
A striking contemporary loft has been elegantly updated for a family with three young children by Ben Herzog Architect, located in Tribeca, New York. Comprised of 2,200 square feet of living space, this three bedroom apartment needed to be re-configured and given a fresh makeover. The clients requested that the home have a child proof design by day, yet bestow an elegant aesthetic during the evening hours. Interior designer Keven Dumais was called into action to infuse warmth, color and texture to the home. The design duo worked together to reconfigure spaces to create a more livable footprint. The kitchen was re-designed, closet re-shaped, a full bath was turned into a powder room to allow a more spacious laundry room and the HVAC was redirected into the ceiling. Notable finishes were added to the interiors, such as wide plank oak flooring and custom built-in cabinetry. The kitchen was a major overhaul, receiving a brand new built-in bar, a fully landscaped terrace that travels the length of the loft, a center island with a breakfast bar and tons of storage. A notable design feature is the breakfast nook, showcasing a built-in banquette with floor-to-ceiling bleached walnut paneling, which helps to conceal a flat screen TV. The apartment has a predominantly neutral color palette, which has worked well to create modern interiors with the warmth a traditional design aesthetic. Have a look through the home tour and let us know your thoughts, we always enjoy reading your feedback!
We have showcased numerous lofts in the incredibly design savvy Tribeca, New York neighborhood. In case you missed this amazing eye candy, have a look: Beyond spectacular loft mansion in TriBeCa and TriBeCa loft showcases an eclectic mix of styles.
This living room area plays double duty as a play area and a more formal furniture arrangement for when the homeowners want to entertain guests. This space can also cater to overnight guests thanks to a built-in Murphy bed, which is concealed by a wall unit that displays a chalkboard on the lower half and a cork board on the upper half.
The master bedroom was designed to be a soothing oasis, dressed in shades of mauve, blue and gray.
Photos: Joshua McHugh
Bathed in natural light, this traditional style townhouse went through an extensive renovation carried out by Ben Herzog Architect, located in Brooklyn, New York. There are several cool new features that were added to this townhouse, including the addition of a staircase that leads up to a brand new rooftop deck with embedded lighting. The exterior structural wall at the rear of the property was removed and updated with glass and aluminum panels. The cellar staircase was relocated from the front of the residence to the back to create more space in the front of the home. To add a nice design aesthetic to the traditionally styled living spaces, two gas fireplaces were added for earth and as a focal point. The boiler was removed and the interiors were insulated so that heat could be provided by a super efficient heat pump unit.Most of the materials that can be seen throughout the home were sourced by the homeowners, which includes the stunning cement tiles that can be seen in the custom designed kitchen. With a soothing color palette and serene interiors, this renovation was a complete success for a comfortable and relaxing family home that will last for many years to come. What are your thoughts, do you like this home style?
We have featured numerous townhouses in the Brooklyn, New York area here on 1 Kindesign, here are just a couple to get you started on some further inspirational ideas: State Street Townhouse in New York by Ben Hansen Architect and Brooklyn brownstone gets revived into charming family home.
Before the Renovation:
Photos: Marco Valencia
The top two levels of a YMCA building were converted into a luminous and airy loft by Ensemble Architecture, located in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of New York City. The structure had been converted into apartments in the early 1980’s, so the loft had not been updated since then. The scope of this project was to re-design the home to cater to an extensive collection of books and art in a way that would be aesthetically pleasing. The homeowners also love to entertain, so they needed an amazing dining area for dinner parties and seating arrangements to invite conversation. Dropped ceilings were removed throughout the interiors to create expansive spaces where they had originally felt small and restricted. In the open plan living and dining area, a wall of windows was covered and adjustable bookshelves were installed to showcase a variety of colorful books. Built-in window seats cover unsightly radiators and highlights the grand scale of the wall. The original staircase was re-imagined to create an eye-catching and sculptural grand entryway. Beneath the staircase, painted wall hooks were installed to effortlessly store coats on your way into the welcoming home. There is also beautiful powder room at the entryway, which was updated with a salvaged door, vintage wallpaper and a vintage chandelier. The kitchen was also renovated to become a more bright and open area, while a walk-in pantry was also created out of a small space discovered behind some pipes.
What’s not to love about this amazing home full of books and art? The ladder is pretty fantastic as well, perfect for the book lover! Light-filled and extremely cozy, this would be a great space to spend a lazy weekend enjoying a good read and a hot drink! What do you think, are in love with this book lovers paradise?
Check out some other ideas here on 1 Kindesign for homes that have been designed around an awesome book collection: Stunning renovation in London: Book Tower House and Distinctive home design for book lovers in London. If you really want some cool inspiration, have a look at one of our feature articles on 45 Inspiring ways of designing cozy living spaces with books.
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
This fabulous duplex loft renovation has been designed by Selldorf Architects. located in Chelsea, a neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City, New York. The loft has a unique past, originally housing a running track and basketball court for a gymnasium. A conversion prior to this renovation had masked most of the structural elements, so the architects worked on uncovering and re-expressing those original details. Drawing out the original industrial features further, casement windows, blackened steel railings and concrete floor tiles were installed. The upper level houses the public spaces, which encompasses a spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen area. The downstairs level features a double height atrium, with a staircase connecting both levels. This level includes a sun-filled family room, master bedroom en-suite, plus two additional bedrooms. White walls, soaring ceilings and tall windows throughout keeps this loft feeling bright, airy and very spacious. The dark flooring contrasts with the white walls, creating a visually impactful design aesthetic. We love this cool loft conversion, its open and spacious…and the colorful sectional in the downstairs family room is great addition. What do you think, could you find yourself living in this loft?
We have featured many lofts in the Chelsea, New York area here on 1 Kindesign, chalk full of sensational design inspiration. We are listing a couple of the most popular ones here in case you missed seeing them: Striking Manhattan loft transformation in the Glass Farmhouse and Incredible industrial style loft apartment in NoHo.
A long island in the chef’s kitchen creates lots of space for cooking and plenty of area for entertaining guests and casual dining.
Photos: Manolo Yllera
A beautiful weekend retreat nods to mid-century modern architecture, recently completed by Foz Design along the banks of the Hudson River in Saugerties, New York. This modern yet warm dwelling was designed for a couple who were looking to have a weekend getaway where they could host friends and family. Melding seamlessly into its natural environment, this custom property has a rustic cabin-like feel with clean lines, natural wood, locally sourced stone, expansive windows and an open layout. With spacious interiors encompassing 6,780 square feet and soaring ceilings of 20 feet high, the atmosphere feels very bright and airy. Cantilevered exterior decks feature spectacular river and landscape views and invites patrons to relax and unwind in a very tranquil environment. Furnishings throughout the home are very cozy and welcoming, the perfect aesthetic for a holiday home. The entire third level is dedicated to the homeowners living quarters, a suite comprising of a home office and a deck that evokes a tree house feel.
The home also offers a guest wing which plays host to the remainder of the four bedrooms, which is accessed by way of a glass enclosed hallway, which is also referenced as “the bridge”, since it is positioned amongst the trees and water. The finishing touches that completes this beautiful home are the exterior living spaces. Designed by landscape architect, Julia Storek Oberhoff, the meticulous landscaping and swimming pool makes the property feel welcoming, especially when its lit up at night… the perfect retreat to enjoy! What are your thoughts, would this be your idea of a perfect vacation home?
We have featured other beautiful homes here on 1 Kindesign in the Hudson River Valley, have a look and be prepared to be inspired! Beautiful fall garden along the Hudson River Valley and Hudson Woods: Sustainable dwelling in Hudson River Valley.
Photos: Garrett Rowland
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