Guest Post: Nicole's Wow Worthy Renovation

To finish up this series of guest posts, I have a really special treat - a triple room tour courtesy of Nicole, author of a fab new blog, Sketch42. And this is no ordinary home - she did a full on reno and has outifitted it with fabulously stylish pieces. The result is just wow worthy. Off we go...

Hey All, Nicole from Sketch42 here! I decided to give you guys a little evolutionary tour of my apartment since I moved in almost 2 years ago. There were tons of misteps and mistakes
along the way, and I am definitely not finished with it yet, but here is a little bit of the journey I took with this apt.

Everyone always seems to move when they are pregnant or have a new baby. I
was no exception. With a two week old kid, we signed the contract for this:

And a few months later moved into this construction site.... We were
combining two apartments and extending the kitchen... This turned out to be a
never ending project. My kid is turning two in a month, and we are still not
done! We have come a long way since then, but I can still remember having white
dust on the hem of my jeans every day!

First, we added a beamed ceiling with lighting built into it:

This picture was taken in March of 2009. We area already somewhat comfortable. We had no couch until I bought a floor sample from Jonathan Adler! Of course the first thing my husband did was hang a TV.

By Feburary 2010 we had a lot more going on! We started filtering out all of the ikea stuff we bought when we moved in... The stuff that we needed because we literally had nothing.

And here it is in June 2010... We just got the bench, the last piece that I was waiting for to complete the basic seating for the room. I actually saw that bench on 1st dibs and had it copied!

Meanwhile on the other side of the room:

I added a wall of beveled brick mirrors to reflect the trees in the windows...

Here is dining area a few weeks ago....

And through it all, the biggest issue was the kitchen. Because we combined two apartments, we also decided to extend the original kitchen to accommodate a bigger fridge, two ovens and a breakfast bar.

I lived for six months with NO OVEN and a mini fridge. (With a new baby, I might add.) Thank god for ordering in!

This is the kitchen in March 2009, when they FINALLY installed the appliances and countertops. You can see the mini-fridge still tucked under the countertop. (To get an idea of what the kitchen looked like before - it ended where the wall and beam are.

And this is how it looks now.

I hope you all enjoyed my little house tour... You can read about all of these adventures in more detail here.


  1. No way you have those pendant lamps in your kitchen! They are so gorgeous! I also love that painting - who is the artist?

  2. The mirrored wall is fabulous, I never noticed it before! You've done a great job with the apartment.

  3. wow definitely wow worthy!! gorgeous!

  4. Just gorgeous! I love the painting in the kitchen and all your black and white in the living room!

  5. Very chic! I love the zebra rug! I need one of those babies..... Also, how cool to be able to take 2 apartments and put them together???? Awesome job!


  6. I just fell out of my chair! This is absoulutely a stunning transformation! Great job!

    I totally love the brick mirror wall. never would have thought of it!

  7. Love your style - it is so clean and simple but there's still so much to see! Would you mind sharing where the painting near the kitchen is from - I love it!

  8. Incredible transformation! I've fallen in love...

  9. Thanks so much everyone! It means so much to me that you all like my apartment!

    Also- The painting in the kitchen was made by me!! I painted it and then put it in the shower to get the watery affect...

  10. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Very nice! Where did you get those mirrors? I probably need something like that in my kitchen, though I'm hoping to put some shelving in front.


  11. Where did you have the bench made - its awesome!


    For the mirrors I used Bear Glass out of Brooklyn.

  13. Anonymous3:04 PM

    Thanks so much! Perfect, since I'm in Queens.

  14. Anonymous3:34 PM

    Wow, this an amazing space! That "waterfall" marble counter is impressive. Sketch42 is a new blog to me - thanks for sharing!!

  15. MaNai3:41 PM

    Please where did you your coffee table? I heart it!

  16. Anonymous4:11 PM

    Beautiful, but how does a two year-old live there??

  17. Oh wow, this is staggeringly beautiful, what a fab place you have! Especially love the dining chairs, that amazing bench, the kitchen pendants and the touches of black & white.

    I have just started blogging about our own adventures of fixing up a house and I dearly hope that in 2 years time, our place could be half as fabulous as how yours turned out (or Mrs Limestone's for that matter). Just sheer inspiration. Off to check out your blog to see how you did it all (with a baby too! Superwoman quite clearly!) ;)

  18. Coffee table is by worlds away - available at

    Everything is pretty kid proof.... The coffee table is glass and she knows not to jump on it. But she does drag her lou lou ghost up to it and uses it at a desk.

    The couch is gray, so it hides her milk stains and crayons. The chairs are microfiber- scrubbable. Lucite is wipeable... So its all pretty easy to take care of.

    Thanks again everyone!

  19. Holy WOW. I am at a loss for words. Gorgeous!

  20. Wow...fabulous!! I love hearing stories of people getting so much done, and with a family! Inspiring...and now I'm off to check out your blog! Janell

  21. I absoluteley love the beveled glass wall! How creative. Beautifully done!

  22. The "brick" mirrored wall is fabulous! Never seen anything like that before.

  23. Amazing style. Where are the stools from in the kitchen? I'm searching for some.

  24. Anonymous7:19 PM

    WOW! Just beautiful. Thanks for posting. I LOVE the pendants in the kitchen and am currently looking at those for my kitchen. Is it a pain to change the lightbulbs? I haven't seen it in person and can't tell on the internet pics. Enjoy your beautiful home. You have stunning taste.

  25. Jessica- The stools are from a store in NJ called space. But Z gallerie has VERY similar ones. Pretty much identical.

    Anon- Thank you! I never had to change them yet, except for when I put them in. It takes a few minutes to unscrew all the nails holding the bottom in place, but its not complicated or difficult... I love them!

  26. You are doing a beautiful job! Congratulations!


  27. Really gorgeous apartment Nicole!


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