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The how and why behind our Rue Magazine featured bachelor pad…

October 11, 2011

We know a lot of you have seen our spread in Rue Magazine last week, but we wanted to give you a little behind the scenes look into our work, and share a few pics that didn’t make their way onto those digital Rue pages.

To begin with, when we first walked into this loft in Flatiron, this is what we saw.

Yup. That’s a before shot. Want another? Don’t say we never gave you anything…

Yowza. Is it fair to say we had our work cut out for us?

While loft-living is totally conducive to having an open floorplan, for us, it’s all about the architectural details and giving the apartment a strong presence,  while still making the space feel homey, even with it’s soaring ceilings and exposed pipes.

In order to accomplish this we knocked down the walls and created a continuous flow by allowing access to the bedroom from both the dressing room and the living room, complete with 3 sets of double doors so that privacy is available when necessary. This also helped achieve that “house in an apartment” feel that our clients know us for. 

What you didn’t see in the Rue issue is the amazing closet and dressing area just beyond the double doors that we created for our man.

When we first met him we were struck immediately by his style and wardrobe so we gave him a dressing room where he can piece it all together. He’s got hats and shoes, plaid and denim, blazers and outerwear that any man would envy, and it was seriously awesome to be able to give a guy the equivalent of the shoe closet that us chicks adore for our own heels and pumps.

photo by Emily Johnston Anderson

This is the area outside of his closet – instead of making it a transition area and wasted space (because clearly every square inch in NYC counts!) we created this awesome nook as his dressing area with a weathered metal oversize mirror and these sweet library sconces from Circa Lighting. That crazy green velvet arm chair was one of the few possessions that made the move with the owner. He was willing to see it go, but we fell in love at first sight (especially with the fierce lions head arms and claw feet)!

photo by Emily Johnston Anderson

Oh, and that column in the foreground? We nurtured and made love to those bad boys like it was our job (which, it was). Our client hated the awkward octagon base so we rounded it out, and then we had the contractor cement them to give them that this-has-been-here-forever feel. What a 180.

And how bizarre is this? The previous owner had the bedroom built around the column in an “Oh, maybe if I pretend it’s part of the wall it won’t be noticeable” moment. Quite the epic fail.

Those houndstooth grandpa chairs that got some press in the issue but weren’t so prominently featured? Well, here they are. The fabric is from Kravet, and the chairs swivel, so that when he entertains (which is often) the entire living/dining/kitchen area can be utilized as one.

We also used a great Kravet fabric to reupholster a Ralph Lauren sofa that has been in the family for years…it was a gorgeous worn brown leather before, but perhaps became too worn, and this durable neutral sure did the trick breathing new life into a not-so-gently loved sofa.

photo by Emily Johnston Anderson

And now, just because her work is so darn good, here are some more of Emily’s shots that didn’t make their way into the zine.


Reptile wallcovering doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. This one is by Wolf-Gordon  and it’s available in many colors. We’re also big fans of the creamy white version – it has a completely different feel – luxurious and fabulous when compared with this dark and moody one we used here. 

And if you’re in the mood for a good Before and After situation, take a look at this:

A little behind the scenes tidbit – we just had to have these Arteriors Henson wood and iron swivel barstools for this project, but unfortunately we needed counter height and at the time they were only sold in bar stool height. We took them to a local metal worker and had them cut down to the perfect height. Lucky for you, if you’re in love with them too, they are now sold in both heights. We also used Arteriors’ Flynn table lamps and Edmund pendant in the bedroom, which were kinda (and by kinda, we mean totally) perfect for the space.

A big mushy thanks to Rue, Emily and Shoko for helping make our work shine!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2011 3:12 pm

    Looks fantastic ladies!! We just can’t get over the sultry color scheme of grays, blacks, taupes, and emerald greens. Definitely a unique mix and one that we think works beautifully for this bachelor!

  2. October 11, 2011 3:13 pm

    Thanks again for using our products… it’s designers like you that make our work exciting!

  3. October 11, 2011 11:39 pm

    Breathtaking! I loved the pics in last week’s Rue Magazine, but these before/after shots give me a whole new appreciation for the design feat you accomplished! Congrats on a fabulous space!

  4. Shoko permalink
    October 12, 2011 2:34 am

    Love this! So cool to see the “before” pictures – you did amazing work! xoxo

  5. Aaron permalink
    October 12, 2011 1:37 pm

    Who are the table lamps on the night stand from?

    • houseofsiennamack permalink*
      October 12, 2011 6:02 pm

      These table lamps are by Arteriors Home.

  6. Love the table! permalink
    October 24, 2011 2:45 pm

    Amazing work! Where is the dining table from? http://issuu.com/ruemag/docs/rue_anniversary_master_h/178

    • houseofsiennamack permalink*
      October 24, 2011 2:48 pm

      The table is by Zentique!

      • Love the table! permalink
        October 24, 2011 3:33 pm

        Thanks so much for the info! Is the table also something you had to customize? Just did some searching and can only find a similar table in bar height.

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