Castle Overlooking the Manhattan Skyline Makeover

Picture this: a castle overlooking the Manhattan skyline with a ballroom complete with tall coffered ceilings, marble floors, and an unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline. Now picture call the castle home. One of my favorite clients can. And while she loves her home, she didn't quite know what to do with such an expansive space, so she enlisted me to help with the design makeover.

Before Makeover:


We decided to cover the other windows in the room with Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades to gently filter the light and provide privacy when necessary.  She wanted to keep everything neutral and muted to not detract from the view or beautiful architectural details.


My client fell in love with a beautiful area rug, which provided a wonderful foundation for us to build the rest of the room around. She had several older pieces, some with sentimental value, but none that would fit the scale of the room. We found a lovely (and appropriately scaled) Hancock and Moore sofa and covered it in a lush velvet. We also pulled a deeper color from the rug to anchor the space. We decided on neutral colors for reupholstering several other pieces, but decided on a lovely shade of salmon from the rug to use to cover two unique chairs in a cut velvet. We then placed the chairs in a corner by the window to draw your eyes to the beautiful view.


Once the furniture was in place, the final step to pull the room together was to add window treatments.  Although the room looked lovely with just the Silhouette shades, the windows looked naked without dressing! My client’s biggest concern was figuring out how to dress two different types of windows (the wall of sliders and 5 single windows) cohesively. The previous owner had two different styles of window treatments and she didn’t like that look. She also knew she wanted something timeless and neutral that would fit in her budget - we had a lot of windows to dress!

After selecting a reasonably priced yet lovely striped fabric, I created several renderings for her.  Right away she knew she didn’t like the look of a long rod across the entire slider wall, she didn’t like the look of shorter rods either.  The simple, yet elegant box pleat over stationary panels was the perfect choice.  They were tailored and sleek, and to make the treatments more interesting, we railroaded the fabric for the box pleats so the stripe is horizontal.

The final results of the makeover were spectacular! So spectacular that Design NJ magazine decided to feature the room in the Winners at the Window segment in the April/May issue. Be sure to pick up your copy today!

After Makeover: