WEST SIDE APARTMENT
This upper west side pre-war apartment is the home
of a publishing executive, his magazine-editor wife, and their 5-year old son.
It has four bedrooms, two and a half baths, and large living and dining rooms.
While this project did not involve knocking down walls and
rearranging rooms, it did result in a complete turn around in the emotional quality
of the spaces. The previous owner favored modern, streamlined elements with emphasis
on geometry, hard-edged designs and ceiling-hung theatrical lighting. This was
neither the taste of the new owners, nor, as it turned out, did it correspond
to the original design of the building in the beginning of the last century. When
the apartment was first built, it was laid out in a gracious and generous manner
with high ceilings, large moldings, and beautiful oak floors. To a large extent
we took the apartment back to its original elegance and reinforced that quiet
beauty with elements such as a window seat in the Dining Room, new French doors
with custom narrow mullions between the Dining Room and Living Room, and a wall
of bookcases in the Study. Then we pushed it all a bit further with palm wallpaper
in the Powder Room, grass cloth on the Dining Room walls, and Asian-influenced
custom built TV and stereo cabinets in the Living Room.
Richard Baronio, Joanna Chapin
INTERIOR DESIGN: Joanna Chapin
Ben King Woodworking, Thomas Garcia Woodworking
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION: Richard
Baronio & Associates