Some people live in the city and enjoy the luxury of a weekend getaway in a rural setting. But for others the opposite applies they have a home out of town, with an urban base to return to after the theater or a party, that is also a place to entertain friends.
With the second scenario in mind, the owners of this apartment approached interior designer Laura Bohn. Their unit had an over-sized kitchen that dominated the open-plan living spaces. Surrounded by buildings, the apartment had little natural light and all the spaces were dark and unappealing, says Bohn.
"In response, we stripped the interiors back completely and rearranged some of the rooms. The kitchen was reduced in size most New Yorkers dine out anyway and this created a larger, more interesting living and dining space. In addition, I swapped around the master bathroom and the dressing closet. The latter was too large for its purpose while the bathroom had been undersized."
The reinvented decor further transforms the look and feel of the apartment. Dramatic, soft-toned die-cut curtains hang floor-to-ceiling in the living room and bedrooms. These are backlit to create the illusion of soft, diffused sunlight filtering through the unit. Together with new blond bamboo floors, this helps to achieve the light, airy aesthetic requested by the owners.
To mitigate the much-increased length of the living area, and for visual interest, Bohn painted the lower half the longest wall gray. This creates a contrast to the other wall and ceiling surfaces, which are all in white.