FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

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SPACES | Amy Schumer Lists Her 4th Floor Walk Up

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Images: Compass | Variety.com

Images: Compass | Variety.com

Amy Schumer is selling her Forth Floor Walk Up on Manhattan's upper west side for $2,075,000. I'm a fan of Schumer's and thought from one FFWU girl to another, I should share.  Looking at her home, she has surprisingly more traditional taste than I'd expect. There are definitely some changes I'd make if I were the designer, but I do overall find it to be nice and livable. 

Images: Compass | Variety.com

Images: Compass | Variety.com

She has that added bonus of a roof deck. That has to be wonderful in the summer to have a dedicated outdoor space in the city!

Images: Compass | Variety.com

Although doesn't feel like a lot of money, and extras for just one bedroom? Perhaps it's the perfect pied déterre for a couple, or celebrity like herself. I mean I would be very happy with this space, however now if I were to buy a home, I'd definitely want at the very least, a second bedroom for use of an office or guest bedroom.

 

What you all think? 

SPACES | Kitchen Is Finished, For Now...

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Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Better late than never! I finally feel as though I've completed the kitchen enough to photograph it. It's wonderful how you can add little details like new knobs and pulls, shelving and decorative elements like paint and window treatments, swap out a few appliances, and the space will go from feeling sterile to homey. 

I still haven't wallpapered the section when you enter but I think for the time being, it all looks finished. The wall to the right although maybe a little cluttered for some, is a great space to hold all of our dry goods, vases and containers, that we often use. I find myself making flower arrangements more often than baking, so I have set the mixer way up top. It's so pretty yet, sadly isn't used too much. I've finally come to terms with the fact that I'm not much of a baker. I cook, and I sauté but I don't bake.

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | Open Shelves | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | Open Shelves | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

The shelves were a super inexpensive and surprisingly easy answer to storage. I found the brackets online [here], I purchased the 9" deep ones at $8.49 each (model no. CB809), and the planks are 1" thick x 10" deep pine boards from Home Depot. Home Depot, kindly cut them to size at no extra cost. Making the final cost of these shelves to be around $160.00, not including the paint I already had lying around. 

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | Open Shelves |   By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | Open Shelves | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | Open Shelves |   By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | Open Shelves | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen |   By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen |   By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

I purchased the runner from ECarpetGallery.com, they have a wonderful selection of new and antique rugs at really great prices. This one is so soft and was only about $240 with free shipping. I wanted something that would pull out the warm tones of the copper and brass elements through are dispersed through out the space, but also ground wit with the black and navy blue background. For the most part there aren't any colors in in this space accept for accessories. The shelves have touches of yellow and turquoise which are all represented in this rug. It truly ties the whole space together. 

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen |   By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen |   By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

I spent a long time talking about adding a back splash and this spring I finally went for it and paid a contractor to do it. We definitely did it on the cheap, not the "correct" way, ignoring the step of straightening the walls, which could have required a gut reno..... It's an old building and the walls certainly aren't straight. But I had to take into consideration the resale value of the home, it's a starter apartment having only one bedroom, so a $75k kitchen would not pay off in a sale. I'm not going to replace the Ikea cabinets or the Corian countertops that were installed before we moved in, so I don't see the value in spending a ton of money on a backsplash. The end result looks great and I think only myself and a few select nit-picky people can see the imperfections.

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen |   By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

Brooklyn Galley Kitchen | By: Lauren Caron © Fourth Floor Walk Up 2015

For appliances, we've definitely made some upgrades. By replacing the refrigerator with a taller, leaner and more proportionately appropriate one, adding a dishwasher - which has been amazing, replacing the microwave with one that fits better, and replacing the faucet, the entire space is more functional and looks so much better. Last but not least, I'd love to bring in a better oven range, but it's not entirely necessary and as I mentioned earlier, I'm not much a of a cook, so it would be purely for aesthetic reasons.  

To give you a little perspective, here is the space when we first moved in. 

Materials List + Sources

TREND | An Old Favorite Dressed In Leather, Is Making Appearances Everywhere

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Architectural Digest | Home of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brant

Architectural Digest | Home of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brant

Is it just me, or is one of my most favorite chairs making a resurgence? For years I've always been a super fan of Louis XVI chairs. And when they're upholstered with something striking like a black leather, I take notice. Lately, I've seen them on (or should it be in?) several house tours. What gives, is it just me who's noticing?

Not to be a total copy cat, but I am ready for a real dining room, so that I may too set these around my table. How I love their traditional, masculine, chic nature. And if you break it down, the black leather Louis XVI chair is the perfect embodiment of my style in chair form... classic with an edge.

Don't they always say it, that history repeats itself and trends reappear. In the words of Iris Apfel "If you hang around long enough, everything comes back." These black leather Louis chairs have been around for a long time, Albert Hadley, often used them in his designs, and now, Nate Berkus keeps this style in his back pocket too.  Aren't they fabulous!?

Albert Hadley

Albert Hadley

Domino Mag | Hayden Panettiere's Home

Domino Mag | Hayden Panettiere's Home

Lonny | Loews Regency Hotel Designed by Nate Berkus

Lonny | Loews Regency Hotel Designed by Nate Berkus

Domino Mag | Photo: Margot Hartford 

Domino Mag | Photo: Margot Hartford 

Domino Mag | Photo: Paul Costello

Domino Mag | Photo: Paul Costello

 Architectural Digest | Home of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brant

 Architectural Digest | Home of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brant

Lonny Magazine | Photo: Patrick Kline | Design by: Lauren Gold

Lonny Magazine | Photo: Patrick Kline | Design by: Lauren Gold

Jean-Louis Deniot | Architectural Digest

Jean-Louis Deniot | Architectural Digest

Albert Hadley

Albert Hadley


SPACES | "New" Kitchen Sideboard + Bar for the Apartment

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Our kitchen has been a slow going process. Taking months at a time for little tasks to be accomplished. Take our backsplash that I created a whole bunch of hubbub over when I finally had it tiled a few months ago. One of the last projects for this room is the hallway/niche that leads into the kitchen. It's the next space you see when you walk into the door of our apartment if you continue straight rather than turning right to go into the living room. 

Dahlia's from the Farmer's Market | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Dahlia's from the Farmer's Market | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Last winter, Jack and I replaced the glass panels in the cabinets of this niche, to mirrors to bring in more light and to also bring it up a notch in style. We can't afford to replace the cabinets nor do we want to remove them, they're so useful for a small kitchen like the one that we have. We did want to add a little extra storage and to define this space as a place for a sexy bar and perhaps a better showcase surface, so up until recently there was a butcher block bar mounted to the wall below the cabinets. Last weekend, we replaced it with a very exciting "new" piece of furniture!

The new Sideboard installed |  Photograph by Lauren L Caron

The new Sideboard installed | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

For months I wanted a credenza or sideboard for this space, but the depth that could fit was less than 21" and it had to have tall enough legs for our dogs to fit underneath. With the bar, we placed their beds underneath when we left them at home. This has become their safe space that acts as a crate. We also replaced the kitchen door with a screen door that we close, so that they have visibility of the entry, living room and front door. This makes them especially happy when they hear a noise at the front door. Which means it's very important to maintain that space as a place for the pups. 

My options were limited but I know that federal style sideboards often have tall legs and are typically narrow in depth. Their original purpose was for formal dining rooms to be used a server, they have drawers to store silverware, serving items and linens. Which is exactly the sort of items I would like for my bar. I also have noticed that there are sometimes really great deals on these pieces since not that many people have formal dining rooms these days. 

Max napping under the new sideboard. A success!  | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Max napping under the new sideboard. A success! | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

One day I happened upon just the right server, just out of my price point at a consignment shop in Massachusetts. I decided, what the heck, I'll put it on watch and if the price comes down to an amount I'd like to spend, I'll figure out how to buy it myself. Two months later I received an email at midnight on the dot, that this server's price had dropped down to $350! Immediately I emailed Momma Judes (my mother) to ask her if she would please, please, please pick up this item if I were to purchase it. We called in the morning and they put the item on hold and my parents drove to outside of Boston to pick it up - I know, they're so nice!

One month later, they finally were able to bring it down to the city on a visit. The three of us, my father, mother and I, with a broken arm spent most of Saturday afternoon drinking rosé and pulling out the bar. It was a little stressful as it always is doing anything in the city. But in the end, it turned out beautifully. Now my mother has #FOMO and is on the hunt for her very own sideboard for her home.

One last improvement I made was to purchase a mildly attractive radio for the dogs. I wanted something that was unapologetically a radio, but also looked pretty good on the counter. This one by Crosley had great ratings on Amazon and fit the bill for size and look.  

Crosley Radio  | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Crosley Radio | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Ultimately, I want to wallpaper the back wall with a fun pattern which will really set it apart from the rest of the kitchen. In a previous kitchen post [here] I created this rendering to show what I was planning do at the time. I'm still thinking along the lines of a fun classic paper, but now I'm narrowing in on the Queen of Spain pattern by Schumacher in silver and white. This paper is so chic and I just love the scale in both large and small spaces, designed by Michael Taylor in 1963 it still feels very modern today.  

Kitchen Rendering  | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Kitchen Rendering | Photograph by Lauren L Caron

Another thought is to paper this space with the removable paper from Hygge & West. I'm really loving the Diamante patten since I used it in a project at Bergdorf's. They have just the right color way also. It would make so much more sense if I put this in because it would be so much less work, but we'll see if I can come to a decision.

Diamante Pattern in Grey and White | By Hygge & West

Diamante Pattern in Grey and White | By Hygge & West

Thanks for reading!

SPACES | Squeezing In A Dining Moment | Part Deux

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If you read my last post on the dining moment you would have learned that I recently purchased a small Saarinen style tulip table for my living room to create a dining moment. You can read all about that [here]. Since then, I have reupholstered the pretty little French chairs that I purchased at Brimfield this Spring in a coral-y, pink color to work with my Porter chair that I also recently acquired. I never really thought of myself as a pink person, much less choosing that color for our apartment but it looks sophisticated and slightly unexpected.  I also found that mirror on a trip to the North Shore in Massachusetts at a consignment shop called The Stock Exchange. If interested in a mirror similar to the one pictured, there are many on Etsy.com I found one [here].

My husband also recently finished building the doors for the closet that he built for coats, our vacuum and extra unsightly things like yoga mats and hopefully very soon, the giant printer. I'm still responsible for painting these doors, which I plan on doing very soon. 

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In the bedroom I added new curtains that I purchased from Pottery Barn on sale. They're the Emery Linen drapes in wheat. The original intention was to hang them in the living room but I ran out of rings for that large window in the bedroom, so I had to switch them up at the last minute. They look really good, because throughout my entire home, I keep the color palette pretty similar. The mustardy, camel, golden, yellow color (like how I call it that?) remains consistent as a secondary color paired with gray walls. I only switch up the accent color from room to room. 

In other areas of the apartment, I have moved on to the kitchen, which I'll discuss in the next post. Little by little it's all coming together and I am very excited to to share the progress. The big plan is to have this apartment properly photographed, and hopefully very hopeful, have it published. 

Thanks for reading! 

Upholstery by: Timber & Cloth