Vintage Apartment Makeover – The Inspiring Transformation Of The Historic Manhattan Home


Prepare to be amazed by the transformation of a historic Manhattan home into a vintage apartment. Discover how the talented interior designer Ryan Lawson combined the classic and the contemporary to create a stunning space that reflects the personality and lifestyle of the owners.

When Ryan Lawson, a rising star in the interior design world, was hired to renovate a historic apartment in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, he knew he had a unique opportunity to create something special.

The apartment had a lot of character and charm but also needed a lot of work to bring it up to date. Lawson’s challenge was preserving the past’s essence while adding a touch of modernity and personality. The result is a stunning Vintage Apartment that blends the old and the new, where the past meets the present in a spectacular display of design innovation.

Reviving Elegance: A Vintage Transformation

Within the living room, the focal point of the sitting space is a curved vintage sofa that smoothly arcs across the room, setting the stage for a fascinating story to begin. With its inviting curves, this showpiece item blends perfectly with the surroundings to create an eclectic appeal mood.

On either side of the classic sofa, two armchairs stand like eternal sentinels, their worn leather and exquisite craftsmanship telling stories of ancient times. These noteworthy items offer distinct comfort within the more significant ensemble and add to the room the historical charm of a vintage apartment.

A rug with generous dimensions envelops the entire space in a plush sea of warmth and texture. Colored in a captivating palette of red and pink, it serves as a vibrant anchor, infusing the room with lively hues that playfully echo the tones found in the vintage sofa and the curated artworks, completing the sensory symphony of the carefully crafted living space.

Crafting Timeless Elegance

Moving to the sitting area of the guest suite, a cozy and inviting space with a comfortable sofa, a center table, and a large window.

To complement the decor, the room’s heart sprawls a remarkable expanse of comfort and style; the centerpiece rug is colored with red, brown, and white hues, creating the perfect vintage apartment.

Seamless Fusion: Classic Meets Contemporary

The second living room is artistically vintage. The living space’s walls, expertly arranged by a creative genius, exhibit witness to a sophisticated sense of unique beauty.

Carefully organized, the salon-style art features a fascinating mash-up of finds from thrift stores, artwork by creative friends, and an intriguing array of figure studies from the early 1900s, and that’s how this vintage apartment is created.

Personalized Spaces: Reflecting Lifestyle

The living room of this vintage apartment is an advertising space where you can relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones with a mix of furniture styles and textures.

The twin sofas are covered in a striped fabric that adds a touch of elegance. Fabric panels are a clever way to create a focal point and a backdrop for the artwoowners’ coffee table. It is a unique piece that showcases the designer’s creativity and craftsmanship, completing the vintage apartment style with a Morrocan red rug that is soft and fluffy and invites you to sink your feet into it.

The room is filled with artwork reflecting the owners’ passion and taste and decorated with plants, books, and objects that tell a story about the owners’ personalities and interests.

Aesthetic Synergy: Room by Room

The guest bedroom is cozy, eclectic, and cheerful, with various patterns and colors with a vibrant wallpaper that adds a touch of whimsy. A custom-made bed and the headboard are upholstered in a floral fabric that complements the wallpaper with two vintage bedside tables and lamps.

The wallpaper is a playful contrast to the historic architecture of the apartment and creates a sense of adventure and fun.

Moving to the kitchen, we discover a bright, airy space with a striped wall. The wall panels are individually painted in shades of white and gray, inspired by minimalist art contrasting with the white cabinets and countertops, creating movement and rhythm. The kitchen also has a center table that adds a touch of elegance and history.

The table is surrounded by modern chairs that balance old and new and an Art Deco rug, an antique Portuguese flat weave. The rug has different patterns, flowers, and colors that match the wall panels and the table, adding warmth and texture to the kitchen floor.

Vintage Whispers in a Modern Symphony

The library is a sophisticated and cozy space to enjoy reading and relaxing. The sofa is in velvet fabric that matches the color of the bookcase and is adorned with pillows and a throw that adds texture and comfort.

The library also has a pair of armchairs, a coffee table, and a floor lamp. The armchairs are vintage, contrasting with the sofa and a coffee table.

The rug is primarily white, with black geometric patterns. White represents purity and harmony, while black represents the earth and nature. The rug is a beautiful contrast to the brown armchairs and the colorful artwork on the wall. This geometric rug also adds warmth and comfort to the library, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy.

Vintage Elegance Unveiled: A Manhattan Marvel

In unveiling this historic Manhattan vintage apartment, metamorphosed by the visionary touch of design luminary Ryan Lawson, we glimpse the captivating narrative of James LaForce and Stephen Henderson’s vibrant world. A symphony of entertainment, art, and design, their residence unfolds as a sprawling canvas where every room tells a story of eclectic elegance.

The designer excelled in reviving a historic home into a vintage apartment based on the owners’ taste and style and making it represent them.

We hope you enjoyed the tour of this vintage apartment, and we invite you to get more inspiration to elevate your home with our shaped rug collection from Tapis Studio.

November 16, 2023

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