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Apartment Update: My Go-To Experts

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With the September issue of Martha Stewart Living about to hit newsstands (subscribers, you may have received your copy already, so look for behind-the-scenes action later next week), I would like to give a shout-out to my go-to experts; that is, everyone who contributed to my apartment redo over the past year. It was an incredible experience and a team effort. Thank you, everyone. I am thrilled and know you will be, too.

Come back on Tuesday, August 17, when the Big Reveal arrives with behind-the-scenes looks at the photo shoot of my apartment in the September issue plus more.

In the meantime, thanks:

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Craig Margolies of Haywood-Berk Floor Company, Inc. http://www.haywoodberk.com/

1 Craig Margolies of Haywood-Berk Floor Company, Inc. http://www.haywoodberk.com/

Craig was responsible for creating my bleached floors.

2 Craig was responsible for creating my bleached floors.

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Artist Eric Beare (www.ebeare.com), responsible for the Kline- and Rothko-inspired work in my apartment.

1 Artist Eric Beare (www.ebeare.com), responsible for the Kline- and Rothko-inspired work in my apartment.

Eric Beare created a Franz Kline-inpsired painting for my bedroom.

2 Eric Beare created a Franz Kline-inpsired painting for my bedroom.

Then, he created Rothko-inpsired work for the library. Here are the first attempts. You will have to wait to see the final original work.

3 Then, he created Rothko-inpsired work for the library. Here are the first attempts. You will have to wait to see the final original work.

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My contractor extraordinaire: Bob Tobin, BC Interiors (www.bcinteriorsltd.com)

1 My contractor extraordinaire: Bob Tobin, BC Interiors (www.bcinteriorsltd.com)

He did EVERYTHING from floor to ceiling.

2 He did EVERYTHING from floor to ceiling.

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Waterworks tile expert Kristen Vander Hulst helped me select Tatami, a beautiful mosaic made of four types of polished and honed marble strips (waterworks.com).

1 Waterworks tile expert Kristen Vander Hulst helped me select Tatami, a beautiful mosaic made of four types of polished and honed marble strips (waterworks.com).

Pepe, from Yorke Construction (http://www.yorkeconstruction.com/) installed the tile.

2 Pepe, from Yorke Construction (http://www.yorkeconstruction.com/) installed the tile.

My master bathroom. Gorgeous!

3 My master bathroom. Gorgeous!

Powder room, also gorgeous!

4 Powder room, also gorgeous!

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Junior Nolte, owner of Narcissus Mirror and Glass (www.narcissusmirror.com), did all the mirror work in my closet and bathroom.

1 Junior Nolte, owner of Narcissus Mirror and Glass (www.narcissusmirror.com), did all the mirror work in my closet and bathroom.

He has such skill.

2 He has such skill.

Of course, I adore my closet.

3 Of course, I adore my closet.

And he did everything to perfection in the bathrooms, too.

4 And he did everything to perfection in the bathrooms, too.

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Steve Feldman, president and founder of Green Demolitions (www.greendemolitions.com). Green Demolitions sells luxury kitchens, appliances, bathroom fixtures, home decor, etc. from houses being demolished and renovated.

1 Steve Feldman, president and founder of Green Demolitions (www.greendemolitions.com). Green Demolitions sells luxury kitchens, appliances, bathroom fixtures, home decor, etc. from houses being demolished and renovated.

The company removed the doors of my closet.

2 The company removed the doors of my closet.

The guys removed the doors/panels and sold them through their showroom. Some of the proceeds were donated to Addicts Anonymous programs (AA). The green aspect: recycling luxury goods from demolition sites. Public benefit: Items are sold to the public 50 percent to 80 percent off market prices.

3 The guys removed the doors/panels and sold them through their showroom. Some of the proceeds were donated to Addicts Anonymous programs (AA). The green aspect: recycling luxury goods from demolition sites. Public benefit: Items are sold to the public 50 percent to 80 percent off market prices.

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Frank Carfaro, president and creative director of Desiron (www.desiron.com).

1 Frank Carfaro, president and creative director of Desiron (www.desiron.com).

I worked with his team to create the mirror outside my closet, in the bedroom, dining room and entryway.

2 I worked with his team to create the mirror outside my closet, in the bedroom, dining room and entryway.

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Thank you to my tech expert and former MSL colleague Suzanne Kantra of Techlicious (www.techlicious.com).

1 Thank you to my tech expert and former MSL colleague Suzanne Kantra of Techlicious (www.techlicious.com).

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Christophe Pourney (www.christophepourney.com) restored and refinished all of my furniture from oak to a dark ceruse.

1 Christophe Pourney (www.christophepourney.com) restored and refinished all of my furniture from oak to a dark ceruse.

His work is impeccable.

2 His work is impeccable.

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A big thank you to Carolyn Musher (seen here consulting with me at the California Closets showroom), californiaclosets.com, for working with me to create my custom closet.

1 A big thank you to Carolyn Musher (seen here consulting with me at the California Closets showroom), californiaclosets.com, for working with me to create my custom closet.

I am in organized bliss.

2 I am in organized bliss.

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George Emerson of Geneva, www.genevalab.com, the inventors of iPod high fidelity.

1 George Emerson of Geneva, www.genevalab.com, the inventors of iPod high fidelity.

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David Kassel, of iLevel Art Placement and Installation (www.ilevel.biz), hung all of my artwork with incredible professionalism.

1 David Kassel, of iLevel Art Placement and Installation (www.ilevel.biz), hung all of my artwork with incredible professionalism.

Remember all of those Albers?

2 Remember all of those Albers?

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None of that could have happened without the framing expertise of Joe Brentano (brentanosinc.com) and the gorgeous frames from Larson Juhl (www.larsonjuhl.com).

1 None of that could have happened without the framing expertise of Joe Brentano (brentanosinc.com) and the gorgeous frames from Larson Juhl (www.larsonjuhl.com).

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Luther Quintana, www.lqupholstery.com, who is my go-to expert for all things upholstered. Wait until you see everything he did in the apartment.

1 Luther Quintana, www.lqupholstery.com, who is my go-to expert for all things upholstered. Wait until you see everything he did in the apartment.

His work is fantastic. Thank you.

2 His work is fantastic. Thank you.

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Finally, a big thank-you to Safavieh, www.safaveih.com, and the design/sales team for helping me create beautiful rugs throughout my apartment.

1 Finally, a big thank-you to Safavieh, www.safaveih.com, and the design/sales team for helping me create beautiful rugs throughout my apartment.

A big thank-you to Anthony Santelli, Martha Stewart Living's senior home editor and the project manager. I could not have done it without you. Finally, thanks to everyone in my building, from the incredible staff to the patient tenants. It's over!

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Comments (3)

  • Kevin,
    From all of here at Larson-Juhl thanks for including us and we can't wait to see the Big Reveal!

  • Kevin, that is such a kind post. Thank you for giving such lovely credit to the craftspeople who did such beautiful work in your apartment. Can wait to see the full finished achievement. Bravo!

  • Kevin,
    Thank you so much for showing us step by step how amazing your apartment is getting.
    I hope you are planning on having a long segment on the show.
    Hugs :)

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