For owners Chris Aswad and his husband, Chris Pridemore, their one-bedroom Morningside Heights condo is their little piece of Paris. The couple, who married in Kauai, Hawaii, in 2018, are avid vacationers and self-described Francophiles, and whereas their careers have stored them within the metropolis, they discovered a historic property that they may simply rework as an homage to the Metropolis of Love.
The house, situated in an enthralling prewar constructing, already had lovely herringbone oak flooring, excessive ceilings, and Central Park views, however it was nonetheless considerably lackluster. Renovations from the mid-Nineteen Nineties made it really feel dated and had eliminated a number of the unique architectural options. “They had been desirous to protect the main points of the condo paying homage to their time in Paris, whereas renovating to instill trendy, masculine, and practical New York touches,” says inside designer Crystal Sinclair.
Chris Aswad and Crystal shortly started working. The home-owner, whom the designer calls extremely detail-oriented, even got here to their first assembly at a neighborhood espresso store with a binder of inspiration. He referred to as for brass particulars, a black-and-white palette, curated vintage decor, and artwork from Parisian flea markets. “He needed a house that felt like outdated Paris however nonetheless felt prefer it belonged within the metropolis,” she says.
Basic and stylish are two phrases that may now sum up the 800-square-foot house, which the couple moved into pre-pandemic in February. However the greatest transformation could be within the smallest a part of the house, the toilet.
It was nothing particular at first. The bathroom was underneath the window, and the very first thing visitors noticed when coming into the room; plus there was a dingy bathtub and boring white tile. The homeowners needed a darkish lavatory with various tiles in addition to brass accents to match the remainder of the renovation. After they swapped the format to hide the bathroom and added a walk-in bathe in lieu of a bath, the room now feels that a lot bigger.
The vainness, which was custom-designed by Crystal, has fluted detailing, one thing she feels is on-trend and is a timeless Previous World sample, and is topped with black porcelain whereas the ledge carries into the bathe. The flooring consists of 12-by-12 marble tiles, which had been minimize into triangles for an costly look on a finances.
To finish the toilet, Crystal went with an Apparatus sconce, black glazed terra-cotta tiles, “which provides an natural, handmade appeal to the area,” and a black toilet seat as the ultimate particulars. Ultimately, the house’s luxurious furnishings, dramatic juxtapositions, and intelligent area planning make it really look like you’re strolling right into a European house.