Project Spotlight: Art Deco in New York

Sometimes you just want to add a few new accents or furniture to a room; but once in awhile it's time for a big change. Why not take on five rooms at once?

Dominick was ready to remodel, and jumped at the chance to find a design tailored to his tastes: "I just wanted to make sure I did it right, after living in this apartment for 10 years and thinking about what to do for so long." He also wanted to work with the architecture of his apartment, built in 1930, by tying the rooms together with a classic art deco theme. Bold, geometric patterns, and accessories that invoke luxury and metallic glitz are key to the style. Designer Modecorist delivered on elegance and glamour. 

Dominick's original furnishings were generic and functional, and he hadn't taken advantage of the apartment's unique architecture. 


Dominick's original furnishings were nondescript, shapeless, and functional. Modecorist infused their design with angular lines and symmetrical patterns.

The living room - before

Modecorist's living room styleboard

A coordinating slate gray sofa and armchair pair deliver strong lines without sacrificing comfort, and offer a neutral base for a decorative pillow in a sunny yellow. A Greek key border and a maze-like rug stand out without overwhelming the room.

The hallway styleboard

The motif of symmetrical patterns is repeated in the hallway with a patterned runner inspired by traditional deco flooring. Though not perfectly symmetrical, the mosaic of black and white photos is a nod to the sharp lines of Dominick's preferred style.


What's more glamorous than the roaring 20s? The bedroom is a great place for sumptuous fabrics, fun patterns, and a few well-placed dramatic accessories.

The bedroom styleboard

Jewel tones on the walls and the accent pillows mingle with the velvety silver of the slipper chair and the studded headboard. A warm, red rug is a pleasantly surprising feature in a room dominated by cooler colors. Finally, a crystal chandelier worthy of Jay Gatsby adds the perfect touch of drama.


Silver and gold aren't just for the holidays; a little flash is fun all year round.

The kitchen - before
The kitchen styleboard

The kitchen is a great place to add some shine. Here, Modecorist suggested a chrome bar cart, light fixture, stools, and simple table that work for a small space. Simple white rectangular cabinets and a white tile backslash brighten the room even more.

The office/guest room - before

The office/guest room styleboard

In the combined office/guest room, the designer used jewel tones in the furnishings and walls like the bedroom, but added gold to the palette in the form of a starburst mirror. A sleeper sofa saves space and makes the room truly multifunctional. A simple dark wooden desk with an antique feel is both a useful workspace and a beautiful accessory.

Dominick's designs ensure his rooms are classic with a modern appeal that will endure as an homage to early 20th century design while mixing comfort and style.

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