Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Here are a few photos of the New York apartment of my niece and her husband. This is just small preview of some of the things we found. We had a marathon three days decorating, buying, and moving you name it, and as you can see we are far from finished. Let me repeat three days, and a heat wave that nearly killed us. I had a blast!  These first two photos are the view from the living room window looking south on 6th Street.

The pictures below are areas of the kitchen and dining room. When you enter the apartment you enter into these two rooms with no windows! Yes, I repeat no windows, so what do you do, paint it a bright color and then, you add more color and when you all finished you add more color, and then you add  mirrors and more mirrors, get my point.  If you'll notice McCoy pottery is here, there, and everywhere, stolen from Uncle Kevin.

My family has a fondness for Painting by Numbers. We only collect the finest art and always by the masters. Taryn's Great Aunt Henri was a master at painting by numbers. I own several of them. Of course we squealed when found them. Although, I'm not sure what Jay did when he saw them.

The big yellow lamp was found the very last day, we were determined  to find something like it in vintage, but no luck. Although fate would have it, I saw a flash of yellow in a store window while flying down the street in a taxi and before you knew it that yellow beauty was on the dining room table. The orange desk lamp is Crate and Barrel priced at below the cost of a cocktail at any Hollywood club and I'm not kidding.

Who could pass up these driftwood bleached chairs at Brooklyn Junk. Each one was $24.99, I swear! In fact that seem to be the magic prize tag all through the store. We were beyond happy.

I ask you, what is New York without geraniums?

Wait you guys this little tour is not finished just yet, YOU MUST visit Stan Williams at Redo Your Rental Let him tell you his side of the story in greater and much more poetic detail. From a early post I talked about meeting Stan and how generous he was with information regarding treasure hunting, well he was kind enough to visit the apartment and photograph some rooms and to highlight some specific items. He has created a wonderful and a very enlighting tour. So please visit him, I think you'll have some fun. Hopefully I will return to see Jay and Taryn in the fall and finish, and we will all live happily ever after.


Karena said...

Kevin I laughed so much , however the apt looks fab!!

I am sure Taryn and Jay loved working with you!

A New Giveaway is on my site!

Art by Karena

Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple) said...

glorious! such a sweet uncle to create makeover magic! xoxo

Suzanne said...

YOU are a wonderful uncle!! Your niece's apartment looks very nice indeed. What fun all of you must have had together. :)

Julie Pishny said...

Kevin, you pulled it off even in a heat wave... Love the Geisha elements, the punch of yellow and they cypress lamp is amazing on the chest. Lovely work what a lucky gal your neice is to have such a talented and wonderful Uncle. I am a visitor from Stan's blog and will return often to visit you here. Hugs - Julie

the gardeners cottage said...

what a sweetheart you are!

is that a silk lantern hanging b/c if it is i'm in Love! notice the capital l.

love all the color and cannot imagine having no windows!


ps ~ your last comment to me did not go unoticed! love it.

jason said...

Love it!
Especially that paint by numbers

Angie said...

Love it!! That yellow lamp is gorgeous!!!!

normadesmond said...

i LOVE that painting!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Kevin, The apt looks great! And the collection of vintage pottery is also nice. I liked the ideal of all the parasols in your past post. Have a great Friday....Julian

La Dolfina said...

Wow, I felt like I was right there with you amid all the decorating excitement!! She is so fortunate to have your design help and expertise! I think you two found some amazing treasures and have made wonderful progress on her fab new apartment. Hollywood & New York, does it get any better!!
I need to start studying your blog as we are moving our son into his dorm at UCLA the weekend of Sept. 16th & 17th. We are staying at The Grafton on Sunset Blvd. Is that close to you? Maybe we can meet for a drink?

Stephen said...

Great job... a tough space to make a fun place.

I love the rough edge to the East Village.

I own some of those American Art Pottery pieces.