The clients were empty nesters looking for a fresh start in a 1940s Manhattan building that had been converted into condominiums. Their directive to designers Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson: Give us “some sizzle factor, some shine, some glitter.”
The existing beams and soffits created some design challenges that were overcome with architectural elements, such as the silver-leaf ceiling panel over the dining table and a metal-and-glass screen off the entryway. These aim to soften the structural supports.
The apartment makeover took about a year, and it cost over $400,000 to furnish the open-plan living and dining room with new decor throughout, Mr. Drake says. The result is “comfortable, livable, yet glamorous,” says Mr. Drake, of New York design firm Drake/Anderson. Below are some elements of the living-dining room, with prices.
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