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Monday, June 30, 2014

Update Your Furniture with New Mid-Century Legs




As I mentioned before, our sofa is about 20 years old. One of the first major purchases of my life post-college, it came with a matching chair and ottoman and all were covered in "shabby chic" slipcovers - that were the big thing at the time. 

Fast forward 20 years, the furniture was starting to look run down and dated. 




Not the kind of thing that I wanted to put in our new mid-century home. But I wasn't ready to donate them to a thrift store just yet. Could this furniture be saved?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mid-Century NYC Apartment: House Tour


The Building

Built in 1946, our building is a classic example of the art deco buildings of the era in New York City. It was designed by architect Philip Birnbaum, who went on in his later, more seasoned years to design Trump Tower. Birnbaum was an architect best known for his interiors. Developers applauded his economical use of space. But, inspired by a British urban planning ethos called the Garden City movement, he packed a whole lot of congenial living into his designs as well. 


Having grown up poor in New York City, Birnbaum brought an appreciation for light and air as well as a separation of private space to his work, and his thoughtful use of both resulted in very "livable" spaces.


I appreciate the interior design of our home, but I have to say that I quite like the exterior of our building, too, with its compact scale, jutting marquee entry, and open balconies (despite some of the clumsy enclosures.)



For Mr. Renov8or one major attraction was the parking garage, and I've grown to appreciate it too. It is convenient, especially on summer weekends after driving back from the weekends on the North Fork, to swoop right into the "bat cave," unload bags, pets, and gear, and cart it all up the elevator in one fell swoop rather than spend hours circling the neighborhood looking for parking late on a Sunday night, as we used to do in Brooklyn. 


Now, let's have a look inside.