Before + After: Manhattan Apartment by Patrick Hamilton
Designer Patrick Hamilton started from scratch with this echo-empty rental on Manhattan’s Upper West Side — and he shares his experience and wisdom in building the bones of a home on a tight budget and limited resources.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with a start-from-scratch project! Patrick takes us through the steps of tackling everything — from prioritizing furniture with long lead times to creating a cohesive “warm + modern” look— in his blog post …about starting from scratch.
In the living room, the design was somewhat forced by placement of outlets and flow in the apartment. The Parsons Media Armoire hides the TV and its dark wood stain adds some contrast to the room’s color scheme. Patrick used a mix of Parsons End Tables + a Brass Martini Side Table from west elm to complete the space.
“One of my favorite ways to make a space look more expensive than the budget is to match + repeat color but change up the textures.” —Patrick Hamilton
“Mixed sources, a few splurges, and careful choice throughout make it look more higher-end than bargain basement, and keep it from looking like it all came off one truck.” —Patrick Hamilton
See more photos and more insight into Patrick’s sources and design advice in tackling a start-from-scratch space on his blog Ask Patrick | …about starting from scratch.