How a Dwelling Stager Embellished 2 Equivalent Condos in Very Totally different Methods

In the event you’ve ever had two very totally different concepts of the way to embellish your house, however you needed to decide on only one, then you definitely’ll be jealous of Andrew Stewart. 

Because the founder and chief inventive stylist of Crimson Cap Productions Inc., a house staging firm based mostly in New York Metropolis, he was tasked with furnishing two equivalent flats in The Plaza Condominium & Residences in Manhattan.

The constructing’s enviable location, proper on the southern fringe of Central Park, meant that the interiors of the 2 one-bedroom, one-bath models — #1508 and #608 — wanted equally spectacular designs.

Fortunately, the 782-square-foot condos had been excellently cared for, Stewart says. They merely wanted a recent coat of paint, some new lighting fixtures, and a deep cleansing.

“The true downside was making a livable house in a quite slender ground plan,” he says. “So how was I to make the dwelling rooms grand, purposeful, and never skimp on alternatives to increase their use with further factors of curiosity like an workplace or library? I wished folks to have the ability to breeze by means of the formal dwelling areas and make them really feel full, however not cumbersome.”

Since every residence already had its personal distinctive finishes and personalities, Stewart used these particulars to tell the design.

“For instance, #608 could be very smooth, with black marble and polished {hardware},” he says. “Alternatively, #1508 is extra industrial with numerous oiled bronze.”

For #608, Stewart wished a large couch that potential renters or consumers may image themselves lounging on. He set a generously-sized one alongside the inside wall, showcasing ample seating regardless of the unit’s small footprint. 

“That’s one of many primary premises of staging: Give friends the instruments to see themselves within the house,” he says. 

As a result of he wished the lounge to really feel trendy and stylish, he selected a cream shade to maintain the general look gentle and ethereal. Crimson and gold pillows on the couch — along with different jewel-toned accents all through the house — “heighten the drama,” he says.

Since he had chosen a “mirror” theme for the lounge and the bed room, a mirrored espresso desk was a no brainer. “That mirrored the moldings and silver accents to intensify these interesting particulars,” he says.

He grounded the seating space with a tan sisal rug from Ralph Lauren — a bit that has turn out to be his calling card, he says. “I’ve been utilizing them regularly for a few years. I wanted it to brighten the house, pull within the bed room flooring, and trace at noticing the ground particulars.” 

Above the couch, he hung a brightly-colored print of Picasso’s “Guernica” to coordinate with the opposite pops of shade. “This unit was offered extra as a pied-a-terre, the place the artwork was meant to be loved, nevertheless it additionally had the notion of a gallery house,” he says.

In the meantime, in #1508, Stewart positioned the couch in the identical spot, however he selected a medium-gray shade to create “extra of a uniform shade palette, however the identical luxurious particulars,” he says. “It was actually enjoyable creating a completely totally different look right here.”

Searching for to play up the metalwork within the close by kitchen island, he selected a black steel espresso desk with clear strains and cabinets for storage, inserting it on high of an identical sisal rug from Ralph Lauren.

In distinction to the colourful wall artwork within the different unit, Stewart wished one thing a bit extra soothing, selecting an summary piece in pale hues.

As for the alternative wall, in #608, Stewart didn’t need to draw an excessive amount of consideration to it, so he hung an ornate mirror paying homage to The Plaza’s emblem. “It nods to the crystal chandeliers within the hallways and appears seamless with the opposite decor,” he says. “I went with mirrored furnishings all through so there wasn’t something that appeared misplaced.”

In #1508, there was already a built-in media unit with a tv on the wall reverse the couch. Since he sometimes doesn’t like together with TVs in his staging — however needed to go away this one in place — Stewart organized pillows on the cupboard beneath to distract the attention and add softness.

Lastly, the quick third wall reverse the kitchen provided the chance to serve totally different capabilities. In #608, Stewart created a studying space, staging it with a cream-colored chair by the window and a floating shelf with books and equipment. The black shelf and graphic black-and-white artwork piece on the wall “keep in sync with the formality of the room,” he says.

Up in #1508, he used the identical wall as a small workplace house full with a grey chair, a white desk, and a pastel-hued piece of paintings. The ending touches — a propped-up violin and sheets of music (particularly, Vivaldi’s “The 4 Seasons”) — nod to The Plaza’s enviable locale within the unparalleled cultural capital that’s New York.