Monday, March 2, 2009

Tiny Makeover, Big Difference

Architect Andrew Wilkinson was called on by Green Shopping Entrepreneur Jean Mone to do a minor update to her 634 sq.ft. Greenwich apartment and in little time the project became a gut renovation. Wilkinson suggested moving the spiral staircase and the project took a whole other shape. Linda O'Keefe and Ellen Silverman highlighted this NYC apartment for Metropolitan Home.

The removal of the helical staircase freed up ample floor space which became a useful storage area. Flagstone was used as the new flooring and the staircase would be anchored to the wall over the closets.

The dining chairs easily fold and the Roset table lowers to become a coffee table giving Jean a versatile and functional living and dining space in one.

Wilkinson thinks the biggest mistake people make with small spaces is overarticulating. Paint and materials choices are limited in color and texture to keep the space quiet and calm. What an improvement in that staircase! Jean has 272 sq.ft. on the mezzanine which hosts a bed, bathroom, and walk in closet.

The reflection added by the granite counter top and back splash give the kitchen more depth.

The downstairs bathroom hosts mosaic tiles and a vessel sink. For more information on Jean's Green website, go to


♥ Chloe said...

You post the absolute neatest things. I love it!

Lucinda said...

Thanks for reading! I'm glad you enjoy it!