A Hovey Design Before and After

Right after The New York Times story about our first project (see previous post for shots) came out, a couple in the same apartment complex called on us for some overall direction for their new penthouse. They'd been together for years, but needed advice how to make their two different styles become one. They wanted a few new things to help balance out some of the pieces they already had - all with simple, clean lines - and nothing shiny.

Below is the before (albeit about a week after they'd moved in) - and above is the place today. We advised them to go for a more delicate couch and chair combo instead of the red sectional. They found this fantastic Børge Mogensen set (yes, we love B.M.) at Strawser & Smith, the beautiful industrial vintage shop on Driggs Ave. We also thought that a Madeline Weinrib rug (the Indigo Brooke) would make the space pop more than the Oriental they had in there. The orange box, the coffee table books and the blue and white garden stools help add nice bursts of color, too, and all tie in with their Chinese coffee table, the Sheherazade chandelier and Buddhist sculptures. 

They clearly adore wine and the four industrial fridges were very important to them (and didn't fit elsewhere). In a feat for proselytizing collectors, we've managed to convince them to start picking up vintage cork screws to compliment (and open!) all that vino. They have - and so far, all three are displayed with pride along the console. It's been so fun to see their excitement over all the new purchases and pairings. They tell us that it finally feels like the home they wanted, which is pretty much the best thing you can hear when you're in the decorator's shoes.   



The view from one of the three balconies, 32 floors up.


  1. Much improved, indeed!

  2. Karena says:

    Oh yes, love the rug with the new colors and the work of art is wonderful!


    Art by Karena

  3. Anonymous says:


    The after looks remarkable. Well done. In a few words, how would you describe your decorating style?