BEFORE + AFTER: MANHATTAN APARTMENT FROM SCRATCH 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.

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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.

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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.

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“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

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“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

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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.

Images: by Jody Kivort via Ask Patrick

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Dana@chocolateandsunshine

February 24, 2014

Beautiful crisp color scheme. This room appears collected over time, which should always be the design goal. Love West Elm martini side tables, especially in brass tones. I have it in white and could always use more. It’s a great buy as often on sale (no, I don’t work for my favorite store, West Elm.)

elizabeth england

February 24, 2014

Simple, light, elegant design. Beautiful. Love your choice of art too.

Shannon

February 25, 2014

Where did you get this rug? What is the size?

Nicole

February 27, 2014

Which fabric are the chairs in these photos?
Thanks!

Evangeline Brown

March 6, 2014

Patrick (the other one) is such a thoughtful and innovative designer. Check out the child’s room for a place that is happy, crisp, and flexible.

And put me down as one who LOVES the martini tables.

cathy

March 7, 2014

can i ask where the rug is from?

Francisco

March 9, 2014

I love Patricks’ work. Great job and so many wonderful details. I’m obsessed…

Tucker Jaxtheimer

April 8, 2014

What is this beautiful wall color? Please?

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