Interior Decoration Ideas Living Room
The Apartment Challenge An old-fashioned flat is transformed
THE REMODELING of an old-fashioned New York City apartment was accomplished more, in this instance, by imagination and ingenuity, and less by real structural changes. For with inventive know-how, designer Virginia Frankel, A.I.D., transformed this dreary three-room box into a delightful contemporary environment.
Her primary purpose was to integrate the three separate areas—entry, dining alcove and living room —to make the areas flow into one another to create a feeling of greater spaciousness. She first removed the stair rail and extended the second step around the corner so that the living room was directly accessible from the entrance hall. The entire area was then paved with white marble-like vinyl tile, again to enhance the spacious feeling, and to serve as a practical base for the many potted plants.
A simple window treatment of pinch-pleated casement cloth, permits as much natural light as possible to enter the apartment. Floor, walls, and major fabrics are white—to serve as an effective backdrop for Mrs. Frankel’s imposing art collection (she is a former owner of an art gallery), and to contribute visually to the open, spacious effect.