2020 has definitely been one for the books, but despite the challenges we've faced, we wanted to reminisce on some of the good things. From new projects, to travel, to photo shoots, our NYC Interior Design firm has done it all. Take a look at our (crazy) year in review!
In January we took our annual trip to Paris for Deco Off to source the flea markets and preview the latest introductions from our favorite fabric houses like Pierre Frey and Zak and Fox. We were also luck enough to catch the Da Vinci exhibit at the Louvre before it closed to visitors in March.
February was definitely a busy month for KCD and our NYC Interior Design firm. I spoke to a crowd at the Kip's Bay Showhouse in Palm Beach and then headed to Frieze LA to source some art for a few projects we were wrapping up. We completed (is it EVER finished though?) a large Rye interior design project, and finished installing a project in Brookline, MA. Both of these homes will be out in major publications soon, so we're keeping the wraps on them-but stay tuned for the final reveals in 2021.
In early March I set off for India with the Soane Foundation to learn more about Indian history and to source textiles and dhurries for some of our projects. While I was there, the world started falling apart, and I returned back to New York City to a stay-at-home order. Since Simon and I can walk to the office, we continued to come in everyday while the rest of the team worked from home. We transitioned seamlessly to the WFH grind as thankfully we already had all of the technology in place, but if there's one thing I've learned this year it's that we work better IN PERSON and as a TEAM. There are too many things that happen here every day and we really need to be together in person. That being said, we're continuing to manage with a hybrid of working from home and in-office interaction.
Even thought we weren't meeting in person, our team didn't skip a beat in April! We're used to working with clients all over the world, so zoom presentations were already second nature to us. As home tours became virtual, I had the honor of sitting down with Grace Beuley Hunt of Luxe Magazine to discuss our Upper West Side Pied a Terre project. See the tour on Facebook live here.
In May, we started to feel some hope as the days were getting warmer and we were getting more creative. Our friends over at House Beautiful asked us to be part of their video series on a variety of topics, such as the right way to make your bed and how to style a coffee, or as I call it, cocktail table. You can watch these videos on our YouTube channel.
By June, construction here in NYC was running full force and are job sites were once again hopping (with strict protocols). Down at our 108 Leonard Street projects, millwork was going in and the decorative painters were painstakingly adding layers and layers of beautiful finishes for us, including a patinated copper ceiling and a custom strie wall finish we designed.
July was very busy and time for one of the most exciting installations of the year for us. A handpainted mural went up on the walls of our Tribeca interior design project and made what was once a dark and dreary hallway into a dreamscape the likes of which I couldn't even believe was so beautiful. What could have been a forgotten space, turned into an other-worldly experience. Our guys did such an amazing job and didn't stop until every last detail was perfect.
August is typically a busy month for us as we're getting ready for our clients to return to their NYC Apartment designs after spending summers out of the city. This year was no exception and we spent the month running around to various job sites putting all of the finishing touches on things for people to come back at long last to NYC. The highlight of the month was certainly the installation of a DeGournay handpainted wallpaper that transformed this primary bedroom into a serene city retreat.
In September we started another project on the Upper West Side. It's a gut renovation so we're completely getting rid of everything that's there now. Instead of having our clients to the office as usual for a design presentation, we brought everything to the site and presented the entire apartment design on top of the old heating units! Not our usual style, but 2020 called on us to be very resourceful.
More downtown apartments to design and one that's full of color and blue-chip art. A custom Fromental design in the primary bedroom makes a dark downtown room come alive.
Not having traveled in what seemed like forever, we made the trip up to Boston to complete an installation and photography of our Brookline project. We were fortunate to get to spend time with our clients in their home (which they've been spending a lot of time in!) and to really experience how they live in the magical spaces we designed for them. They recently had a pandemic baby and we were so excited to meet her even from a distance.
And now we're here in December. We just started working on another Upper West Side transformation with stunning views of both the park and Lincoln Center. Another complete renovation where everything is going, which makes for an exciting process and a lot of creative freedom.
It's definitely been an interesting year navigating the pandemic, changing our workflow, and adjusting to a new normal. But our team has done an amazing job of making the most of this year, and I can't wait to see what 2021 holds!
Thanks for joining and following along with us this year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing you in the new year.
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