Category Archives: Living room

Custom Built Ins (II)

With residential and commercial projects it’s important to decide from the beginning
if custom built ins will be a part of the design. By factoring in the size, scale, colors, location and finish (s) of a built in within the framework of the overall design, the shelving will fit seamlessly into the design. Since built ins can take up a substantial portion of a space, deciding on the right combination of materials and finishes which match the flooring or perhaps an accent color will tie the room together. If the built in is an afterthought long after the design is complete it may be more challenging to match existing colors or move walls if necessary.

In the first example there are two different matching wood grains in the wall shelving unit which match the side tables next to the banquette. The shelf exteriors have a slightly smoother grain and the backsplash and undersides of the shelves incorporate a more visible wood grain. This subtle variation in addition to the medium color tone which matches the flooring and textiles offer balance to the space. The very large and long shelves do not overwhelm the space either by being a single finish or too dark/light. In the second example the designer mixed the natural wood shelves alongside a granite exterior fireplace in the living room. In the second example the shelves also match the wood flooring and the base is designed as almost an extension of the wood flooring. The gold backsplash accent creates the feeling more of a piece of furniture that of a shelving unit.

It should be noted that all three of these custom built ins are recessed which can offer more flexibility for integrating larger or more unusual designs.

custom built in

custom built in

custom built in

Floor Lamps

Following up on my previous top 3 floor lamps post, here are some additional options for a residence in Soho we are working on. These high end floor lamps can generally range in price from 5800-19000k. The shade can be linen or metal or it can feature an exposed glass bulb. Because of the size and the fact that they are freestanding, floor lamps offer a great opportunity to introduce a unique and distinctive shape into the space possibly with a long curved line or unusual shaped holes incorporated into the design of the metal column. Some of the finish options include gunmetal, brass, or nickel.

floor lamp

floor lamp

floor lamp

floor lamp

Selecting lounge chairs

Selecting lounge chairs is important as they often serve as a focal point in a living room or family room. Finding swivel or stationary chairs with a unique shape can accentuate the layout of a room. When beginning the process of space planning, while scale and proportion are very important, how the shapes fit together is also a key component. Spaces that feel too boxy or crowded with the implementation of additional seating options are usually the result of poor space planning and design. Lounge chairs are often a good opportunity to incorporate alternative materials into a space such as metal or leather without committing to a larger piece of furniture such as a sofa with metal. If you are designing a space with a modern, contemporary feel natural tones on leather will add warmth. Here are a few options in consideration for a project in Soho.

lounge chair

lounge chair

Space Planning in Chelsea Duplex (part II)

Following up on my space planning post from last week, here are a few additional photos of the chelsea duplex I worked on several years ago.  The main level featured a bedroom, and a kitchen extending into an open layout with the dining room and living room.   A nice sized terrace adjoined the living room on the wall near the fireplace.  On the stairway leading up to the master bedroom we designed a custom built in for books and storage.  An open layout is increasingly popular space planning option in residential units in New York City.  Natural light is an essential component in higher end real estate and developers are seeking to maximize value by creating larger open living areas so potential purchasers have the option to entertain.

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