A Lush Wallcovering Brings the Feeling of Nature Into This Tiny New York Apartment
A Manhattan pied-à-terre provides a homey retreat for Canadians who frequently visit New York.
When Vancouver residents Dale Steele and Dan Nguyen began looking for a pied-à-terre in New York, they were intent on finding a home away from home, not just an impersonal stand-in for a hotel room. “Even though it wouldn’t be our primary residence, we really wanted to have a place that felt like us,” says Dale, a physician. “When we saw places, we’d think, yes, we could live here, but it wouldn’t be a home.”
That changed when Dan, a hair stylist who works with runway models during New York Fashion Week and other events, stumbled upon a sunny 585-square-foot studio with a small balcony in Chelsea. The space was tired, with a cramped kitchen and a sleeping area behind a three-quarter-height wall, but, says Dan, “I thought the light was beautiful and the apartment had a lot of potential.”
After purchasing it in the fall of 2016, the couple tapped Christopher Kitterman of Stadt Architecture for help with the renovation. They had seen Kitterman’s own crisp, space-saving 450-square-foot apartment on dwell.com, and they told him they wanted something very similar. But Kitterman believed he could do even better. “My apartment is nice, but I was on a limited budget and had to value engineer things,” he says. “With theirs, we were able to do more bells and whistles.”