Everyone has a different opinion on how to decorate, but I feel most would agree that the combination of crisp white paint and warm, natural wood is a match made in heaven, right? They play off each other to provide a neutral backdrop that any color would look great against, plus they make a room feel bright, spacious and modern but also cozy, rustic and textural — all at the same time. Interior designer Michael Wood uses this magical pairing in great ways throughout this entire home renovation. My favorite elements in this space are numerous, but I especially love the black staircase, sage tile backsplash in the kitchen and the elegant new bathroom. Beautiful work, Michael! — Kate
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Learn more about this NYC home renovation after the jump!
Time: 8 months (not including planning and waiting for permits)
Cost: $220/sq. ft.
Basic Steps: The client is a young hedge fund manager, so his workday starts early and is very fast-paced. He wanted his home to be a retreat from typically hectic days that was warm, soothing and inviting yet modern, elegant and somewhat minimal. We developed a concept of “warm, minimal, inviting, contemporary,” which informed our selection decisions at every step. The space was a real challenge, however. I don’t believe there is a single 90-degree angle in the place. It was also very dated with cheap 80s lighting and finishes. Further, there were some tremendous challenges with several “dead space” areas, such as the loft that had an immovable 28″ high platform protruding through most of the area.
My advice is to establish a clear concept and STAY on concept. Don’t over-embellish things — let the subtleties speak for themselves. And embrace obstacles; don’t avoid them. The loft is a perfect example of a space that no one wanted to touch, and yet somehow, [we] saw the potential immediately. — Michael