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Respecful renewal by Pat Gericke

Park Avenue, Carnegie Hill, New York City is a great address. And it is where this typical pre-war apartment was, as you can see, decorated in the typical 1950′s style. That’s because it hadn’t been touched since.  Pat Gericke & Associates,  won the job of transforming it, but only while being sensitive to both the needs of the client and the classic architecture.

The client, and her family, are avid readers and also art collectors .  They were also attached to some of the furniture which, as you can see,  Pat worked hard to reuse. She tells us that she was unable to bring a light fixture over the dining table without dropping the ceiling so she created light soffits to carry a pattern of recessed lighting around the perimeter of the room.   New custom cabinetry  created storage for a wine refrigerator, the client’s silverware and all her entertaining needs.  Pat also created two distinct areas within the wall of cabinetry – one near the kitchen entry that displays art glass and sentimental mementos lined with a mirror back to help throw the lighting out toward the room and at the opposite end of the cabinetry near a large window, she created a ‘reading corner’.

An old yellow damask upholstered wing chair was reupholstered with a Belgian linen fabric and blue piping and trim to give it a hint of modernity. The dining chairs were reupholstered with  stain-retardant fabric. And the client’s mother’s original chandelier was used by adding a fascia from the window enough to grab the required electrical feed.    You can’t see it in the picture above because we had to crop it quite hard, but to see the picture in its entirety, including the lovely chandelier,  please click continue.


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