Before & After: A Coat of Paint Cures the Blues

posted on: Saturday, 25 February 2012

Source: New York Magazine

After trudging through ten for-rent apartments last fall, interior designer Kevin Dumais came across a split studio on the Upper East Side. At the time it had a margarine-yellow-and-baby-blue paint job and frilly window treatments, but all Kevin saw was potential. “The biggest design challenge was moving out of an 800-square-foot one-bedroom in Brooklyn to a 350-square-foot Manhattan studio.” Dumais says. “Since I work from home, I made every effort to create a professional and social living environment.” This entrance hall plays the role of kitchen, allowing the black kitchen bar to serve as a coffee station and storage space and (delightfully) enabling Kevin to serve a cocktail the minute a guest steps through the door. “Since it is a rental, the work I did is pretty much all cosmetic: painted walls, trim, and doors, plus new light fixtures and a ceiling fan,” says Kevin. Read more about this great renovation here.


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