Uptown Apartment Interior by Jill Danyelle

by Shera Nuss

A mix of new and vintage for this Upper West Side home

The best interior designers are those who can create beautiful, functional spaces that, most importantly, represent the client’s point of view. Perhaps it was her background in therapy that has made Sweeten member Jill Danyelle a master of this art of tapping into her clients’ lifestyle & tastes. The owner of this 850 sqft Upper West Side 1-bedroom apartment, Steven, can attest to the designer’s dedication & resourcefulness in creating his beautiful new home — he couldn’t be happier!

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Over the course of 4 months, Jill worked with Steven to collect unique items that matched his taste, often coming up with pieces that the homeowner ‘never would have thought of himself, but loved!’ The living room’s furniture and accessories are a mix of vintage & new — among our favorites are the sofa from Room & Board, a vintage brass trunk  by Sarried, and a beautiful vintage rug by Karastan. Vintage items throughout the home were sourced from ebay, craigslist, antique stores & flea markets.

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White walls in the living room were painted in chantilly lace by Benjamin Moore; Jill explained that she would have liked to use grass cloth which remained outside the budget for now, but perhaps a few years down the line she’ll be back to twist Steven’s arm! Framed art around the TV include a painting by Steven’s sister and an abstract photo taken by the designer.

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Since Steven’s entertaining style gravitates more toward cocktail parties than large dinner parties, a convertible table didn’t seem necessary for his new dining space. Instead, Jill found this tree trunk base table which was the perfect height for the vintage bentwood chairs that the client & designer had already fallen in love with.

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Also in the dining area is a vintage Drexel sideboard — the sideboard happens to be from the same collection as the bedroom armoire, though each item was  found separately. Jill used mirrors throughout the living, dining & foyer areas in order to circulate more natural light throughout the space.

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Tucked into a nook in the client’s kitchen, adjacent to the dining area, is a small office space.

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The office and kitchen were painted in a neutral grey, stone by Benjamin Moore, and Jill used warm wood and rich red / orange accents to keep the space from feeling cold. The shelving brackets here were already in the apartment, but had been hung too high to be functional, so Jill had her contractor lower them and create custom wooden shelves.

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Before renovating, Steven’s bedroom walls were a bright yellow — which only worsened the issue he was having with the room’s abundance of direct light. Jill was able to tone down the brightness, starting with more light-absorptive walls in dior gray by Benjamin Moore and a set of green linen curtains from CB2. One of the designer’s favorite pieces is the antique bed which was in very used condition when she took it home from a craigslist seller in NJ. Jill had the piece completely stripped and refinished before delivering it to Steven’s home.

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Like the bed, this dresser was also a craigslist find that came with some wear & tear. Jill refinished the piece herself by adding a few coats of bright, california blue by Benjamin Moore. The better-than-new dresser looks perfect with the beautiful floral kilim which was purchased on ebay.

We can’t wait to see more from our new member, Jill Danyelle — many thanks to Jill & homeowner Steven for sharing!

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