Leaving NYC: How To Gain Space Without Losing Your Design Identity
A condo, refreshed to focus on light and space, retains pieces of the past.
When a family relocated from New York to Minneapolis, they wanted their condo home remodel to emphasize that their living space had nearly doubled—while still highlighting reminders of their earlier life. Enter Krystal Kellermann, senior interior designer at Martha O’Hara Interiors. “It was my job to give them an aesthetic vibe that reminded them of that city lifestyle,” Kellermann explains. “We repurposed art and accessories from their previous home that had sentimental value to them, making sure that every room in the home had a piece of New York somewhere within it.”
Kellermann wanted a look that framed the home’s views. Highland House helped a pair of low sofas pop with lustrous turquoise velvet. A black accent table with bird legs and a stacked bone floor lamp come from Arteriors Home. Currey & Company bring the eye higher with a black console table and silver leaf wall sconces. It’s anchored by an area rug from Prestige Mills. “This seating arrangement creates a structured formality that compliments the windows,” notes Kellermann.
The eye travels to a second seating area, designed for double duty. “We wanted the fireplace sitting area to stand on its own but also to be part of the main living space,” she explains, “so we opted for swivel chairs.” The chairs from Century Furniture flank an oversize ottoman from Lee Industries, and a drink table from Vanguard Furniture. A blanket storage bin from Arteriors Home (who also provided the industrial table lamp) calls for cuddling.
The light feels different in the teen bedroom with walls in Benjamin Moore Blue Note. “We wanted to create a moody atmosphere,” Kellermann says, “and decided to bring it up onto the ceiling for added drama and continuity.” A lofted bed makes space for a media console, which can be enjoyed from perches including a gray sleeper sofa by Vanguard Furniture, a desk chair from Bernhardt Design, and cube ottomans from Lee Industries.
Back in the dining area, the situation was black and white. “The living room sofas were going to be a bold color. To keep that look sophisticated, we chose a classic black and white palette in the adjacent dining room,” says Kellermann. That includes wood veneer wallpaper from Innovations in Wallcoverings, a dining table by Vanguard, and curved-back dining chairs via Hickory Chair. The color story continues in the kitchen. “It was certainly the intention to unite the kitchen and dining room palettes.”
“Painting the maple windows black made a huge impact. They now feel fit for the space.” —Krystal Kellermann
Meanwhile, in the master bedroom: “Using layered wool rugs and oversized artwork to anchor them, we created two defined areas within this large room,” Kellermann says. “We have a clear sleeping space with the dresser on one side and a secondary reading and TV lounge space.” The round nightstand and channeled bed in graphite upholstery (dressed in Pine Cone Hill bedding through Designers Linen Source) are from Vanguard Furniture. A dramatic chandelier from Currey & Company hovers over sitting area swivel chairs from Vanguard—with Jim Thompson Fabric Upholstery—opposite a textured front media console by Bernhardt.
“It was so much fun to see such a dramatic change,” says Kellermann. “Before we started, the interior was dated and too traditional.” But even as she freshened the space, she grounded it with nods to the past. “We were so fortunate to be able to incorporate the clients’ existing antique accessories collected from their travels,” she says. “These additions add so much character to an otherwise modern space.”