August 10, 2010
Apartment Update: My Go-To Experts
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
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:
1 Craig Margolies of Haywood-Berk Floor Company, Inc. http://www.haywoodberk.com/
2 Craig was responsible for creating my bleached floors.
1 Artist Eric Beare (www.ebeare.com), responsible for the Kline- and Rothko-inspired work in my apartment.
2 Eric Beare created a Franz Kline-inpsired painting for my bedroom.
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.
1 My contractor extraordinaire: Bob Tobin, BC Interiors (www.bcinteriorsltd.com)
2 He did EVERYTHING from floor to ceiling.
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).
2 Pepe, from Yorke Construction (http://www.yorkeconstruction.com/) installed the tile.
3 My master bathroom. Gorgeous!
4 Powder room, also gorgeous!
1 Junior Nolte, owner of Narcissus Mirror and Glass (www.narcissusmirror.com), did all the mirror work in my closet and bathroom.
2 He has such skill.
3 Of course, I adore my closet.
4 And he did everything to perfection in the bathrooms, too.
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.
2 The company removed the doors of my closet.
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.
1 Frank Carfaro, president and creative director of Desiron (www.desiron.com).
2 I worked with his team to create the mirror outside my closet, in the bedroom, dining room and entryway.
1 Thank you to my tech expert and former MSL colleague Suzanne Kantra of Techlicious (www.techlicious.com).
1 Christophe Pourney (www.christophepourney.com) restored and refinished all of my furniture from oak to a dark ceruse.
2 His work is impeccable.
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.
2 I am in organized bliss.
1 George Emerson of Geneva, www.genevalab.com, the inventors of iPod high fidelity.
1 David Kassel, of iLevel Art Placement and Installation (www.ilevel.biz), hung all of my artwork with incredible professionalism.
2 Remember all of those Albers?
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).
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.
2 His work is fantastic. Thank you.
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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