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Weekend Spotlight: Combining Two New York Studio Apartments

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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Jul 19, 2014

This weekend we turn the spotlight on New York architect Lauren Rubin , a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory , who recently doubled her clients' living quarters by combining two studio apartments in a 1930s Art Deco building on the Upper West Side. Many of the original architectural features—including leaded glass windows, basket-weave parquet floors, tiling in the bathroom and kitchen, and a sunken living room—were still in place. Rubin’s brief was to join the two spaces while saving as much of the Art Deco detail and charm as possible. Her results: a skillful intertwining of the existing with a new, modern aesthetic. Photography by Alyssa Kirsten . Above: Rubin created an open kitchen into the original sunken living room by removing a wall of what was previously a galley kitchen. Above: In the kitchen, white subway tiles hark back to New York in the thirties. See Remodeling 101: White Tile Pattern Glossary for other ways to use white subway tiles. Above: An Eames Lounge Chair anchors a light-filled corner. The leaded glass windows were scraped, repaired, and painted. Above: A gray feature wall in the living room displays art en masse. Above: Rubin inserted storage around the frame of the door to the master bedroom. The aged basket-weave parquet floors were in fragile condition and could only take a light sanding. Rubin then selected a dark stain to hide nail heads and imperfections caused by wear and tear.  Above: In the master bath, white hexagonal marble floor tiles and white subway tiles reference bathroom detailing in the neighborhood's "prewar buildings"—those built before World War II. Above: Rubin used small marble subway tiles to create a wainscot that wraps around the bathroom. Before Photos Above L and R: The original kitchen and bathroom. Above L: Another view of the old kitchen. Above R: The sunken living room was previously used as a bedroom.  Above: The floor plan details how Rubin combined two studios into a two-bedroom,  1,069-square-foot  apartment. Above: The existing conditions plan shows the two studios before they were joined. For more New York living, see A New York Flat with a Glamorous View and The Architect Is In: Making the Most of Your Floor Plan . And on Gardenista, we're quite taken with The Spirit of Provence in a Walled Belgian Garden . More Stories from Remodelista History and Modern Glam in The Hague The Architect Is In: The New Connecticut Farm, Sustainable Edition The Country Rental: A Floating Farmhouse in Upstate New York






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