Sisters Hollister and Porter Hovey dwell and work collectively. They run a agency — Hovey Design — that levels properties for actual property. (Mainly, they take residences with nice bones and redesign them to look their greatest.) Right here, the sisters reveal the earlier than and after of a Tribeca condo…
Steadiness the furnishings’s proportions. Most metropolis residences have rectangle residing rooms, so sectionals can really feel visually unbalanced. As an alternative, contemplate a settee and a pair comfortable chairs. That’s additionally a superb dialog set-up when you’ve gotten individuals over.
Grasp artwork decrease in residing rooms. Art work needs to be about eight inches over your couch so you possibly can see it when you’re sitting. You don’t need to crane your neck to see the artwork — that provides you a way of unease. (For a hallway, you possibly can grasp issues at the next stage as a result of it’s extra like strolling by way of an artwork gallery.) Additionally, we went tremendous large with the art work right here, since we had a whole lot of larger furnishings. If we’d gone littler, the artwork wouldn’t have felt as impactful.
Attempt making your individual artwork. We’re large on DIY and demystifying artwork. You would even simply paint a canvas a strong coloration and grasp it over your couch and it’ll look cool.
Combine supplies. The kitchen has an industrial really feel, so we added ceramic lighting to make it really feel softer and extra natural. It’s nice to distinction between tender strains and onerous strains. Etsy is such a superb supply for lighting — we particularly love the shop baradaXceramics.
Lean into drama! This condo is tremendous dramatic with big home windows, so this area craved an even bigger desk. We additionally went with the Noguchi ball lamp to create extra drama. Including the artwork introduced in coloration and made a giant distinction. We additionally removed the cabinets, which have been too excessive.
Go for impartial furnishings. If furnishings is tremendous impartial and basic, then you possibly can all the time change issues up by swapping out art work or a flower vase.
Change up shapes. Right here, you’ve gotten sq. chairs and rectangular desk and an oblong mirror contrasting properly with the massive pendant ball.
Don’t ignore a hallway. Individuals usually neglect hallways, nevertheless it’s an excellent alternative for a enjoyable expertise. Any time you’ve gotten a hallway, if it’s vast sufficient, go for a thin desk and art work.
Think about portray the partitions. One other tip — though we didn’t do it right here — is to color the hallway a dramatic darkish coloration. It should disguise the scuffs, and a darkish moody hallway makes strolling into the brighter room really feel like a breath of contemporary air. They do that in lodges and it’s a neat expertise.
Change out the doorknobs. If you happen to’re shifting into a house that has plenty of completely different colours of steel, change all of your doorknobs to black. Right here, switching out the clunky doorknobs made it really feel cohesive. Black is an efficient neutralizer.
Let gentle pour in. Within the earlier than photograph, the curtains lower off half the window. However even should you had ceiling-to-floor curtains, they’re nonetheless going to be jammed in opposition to the wall. For these home windows, we’d go along with a shade.
Think about a workhorse mirror. We use the spherical Umbra mirror all the time. It’s nice and reasonably priced, particularly for its dimension.
Squeeze in a nook desk, should you can. Today, many individuals are working from house, so we added a desk. (In our staging tasks, individuals used to request nurseries and now they need house places of work.) Additionally, it’s so humorous how including extra furnishings makes a spot look larger — it’s counterintuitive!
Thanks a lot, Hollister and Porter!
(Photographs by Hovey Design; itemizing from Tracie Golding.)