In the summer of 2021, a longtime client called upon us to create a design scheme for their newly acquired pied-a-terre in New York’s Greenwich Village. The brief sounded dreamy, but there was a catch. The space needed to be ready by the Thanksgiving holidays. This was during the pandemic supply chain failure, and lead times for furniture, contractors, and any creative makers were unbelievably long. It seemed there simply was not enough time to make the deadline. But we were not going down easily. We told our client it would be difficult, but we would try our damndest to get it done.
Because we already had a longstanding working relationship with this client, they trusted us with their vision, and we didn’t have to waste any time on back-and-forth discussions — a win for the timeline. Our only initial direction was that the space was to be inspired by a peacock.
We flew to NYC to look at the space, select a few beautiful saturated colors, and gather instructions on specific art pieces that needed to be incorporated into the design. The building was formerly a printing factory, with lovely rustic beams and gorgeous windows that let in the stunning morning light. However, the plain white walls needed some applied interest to bring out the apartment’s beauty.
We spent the following weeks back in our Austin interior design studio scheming, sourcing, and, sometimes, begging. We were ready to fly back to NYC for installation in record time. We found a superb general contractor in the city and used our local Austin window treatment company, who was up for the journey.
Walls were adorned with rich blues, browns, and purples. Custom built-ins were added to display book storage with lovely ivory and brown accents. The client could spend the holidays in their new warm and inviting space — a wonderful gift for them and our team, who enjoyed the adventure.