You may have been following along with my Penthouse Design Project over on Instagram, but I wanted to share the latest with you here too! So, I’m about 95% done with the project. The only thing left for me to do is hang a few pieces of art that are in the process of arriving. Otherwise, things are really looking good up there!
To give you a little background….My client asked me to decorate his new high-rise Penthouse about a month ago. This place is a home away from home, when he is in town for business. He wanted it to look modern and upscale, a place to entertain colleagues and friends. The words: cocktail party, entertaining, modern and high-rise were all I needed to hear before setting the design tone in my head! I immediately worked on a few ideas, presented them, and my client agreed! The penthouse is about 3000 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 4 baths. This was a pretty big project, so I enlisted the help of my friend and assistant, Heather. (Her husband also got talked into helping us a few days, which was awesome!) I also hired my husband to do some minor electrical changes in the place. He was also a huge help with hauling pieces up here!
We needed items and furniture that were available relatively quickly, so he didn’t have to wait for prolonged furniture deliveries. The first place that came to mind for me was ZGallerie! I knew I could find the look I was going for and the shorter delivery times that we needed. My second stop was Scandinavian Designs for modern, upscale choices. They also have a quick turn around time. I started my ordering at the beginning of February, he got the keys on the 15th, and I started receiving furniture shipments on the 16th! From that point on, I’ve poured my energy into decorating this gorgeous place to look glam, masculine, party ready, comfortable and welcoming too. I used a color palette of grays, blacks, whites, and silvers, with a touch of blue, and green organic pieces. I wanted to bring in plenty of texture to create a cozy feel around the crisp modern edges of the place.
Take a look at the before photos. The place was the perfect blank slate! The floors were already a gorgeous gray wood, the walls were painted a fresh creamy white, and the kitchen and bathrooms already had beautiful marble finishes. It made it easy for me to add in everything else. The main entertaining area has giant windows all around, with the most amazing views of the city and valley.
Pretty basic before, right? Well, now let’s take a look at what I’ve done. There are two entries into the penthouse. I’ll bring you through this one for now.
Console Table and Mirror, ZGallerie. Rug and accessories, HomeGoods.
Love that mirror!!
Hallway To Master
As you walk to the master, you can catch a glimpse of the view. The window sill felt a little empty, so I added this faux grass planter box. I love how it helps your eye pick up the green outside in the view.
The Master Bedroom
The first room I decorated was the Master Bedroom. I decided it needed a feature wall behind the bed, so I added this gorgeous White Brick temporary wallpaper by Tempaper Designs. I decided to have it professionally installed because the walls are very tall! I’m so glad I did, because the end result is gorgeous!! No kidding, the wall looks like real brick! The wallpaper has a textured surface, so even close examination of it has fooled many!
The bedroom furniture is from ZGallerie. I loved this bed so much, and I knew it would look amazing in this space. The Gunnar nightstands and dresser are also from ZGallerie. The bedding is from the Hotel Collection at Macys. The rug under the bed is from HomeGoods. Oh, and that gorgeous giant wall leaning mirror is also from Z (you can see it leaning on the right–more pics to come). I love how it reflects the view from the huge windows opposite of it. Pillows and throw from Z too. The art above the bed is something my client chose, and the color is the perfect accent to the space.
You’ll probably notice, there are Sonos speakers in each room. This is a multi room wireless speaker system, and the sound quality is amazing!!
Design Tip: I hid the TV’s bass speaker in this basket! I pushed the cord through the back of the basket, and covered it with a blanket! No looking at an ugly speaker now!
Heading out to the main living area, there’s this space off of the living area that can be closed off with wrap around doors. We decided to add a massage chair in here, and create a relaxation room. Massage chairs are generally not too visually appealing, but we found one that is not so bad looking. If you haven’t tried one of these, I highly suggest you do! It’s amazing!
Rug and silver drum table from World Market. Basket and accessories from HomeGoods. More wall art coming next week.
Here’s the other side of the massage room. My client loves this piece of art. The first step on the moon! It’s ordered from Great Big Canvas, which a terrific spot for ordering art, btw. I found this wood and mirrored table at HomeGoods, and it brings a nice organic feel to the space. A few cool tree branches and a candle complete the look.
The Dining Area
My client didn’t want an ordinary dinner table, so I found these high top bar tables in Carrara marble and stainless steel at Scandinavian Designs. I bought two and placed them end to end to create one long table. I used a large “C” clamp to bind the two tables together underneath so they won’t move around or separate. I found this gorgeous marble rug at Living Spaces. I love the texture and color it adds under the tables. The black leather bar height chairs are the perfect pairing.
A large dough bowl filled with apples and a candle bring nice texture to the tabletop.
This gorgeous faux banana leaf plant from Crate and Barrel is perfect for bringing height and color to this area. The ceilings are soaring high, so adding tall items helps balance the space out. There’s another Sonos speaker on the window sill.
Now over to the kitchen.
I added five white leather, counter height stools from Scandinavian Designs to this area. I chose 5 chairs to visually equal the 5 pendant lights above. I found two of these dark wood, heavy, round trays to place on both ends of the counter at HomeGoods. Again, they balance each other, bringing visual interest and functionality to the counter top. One side is used for cocktail mixers and tools, the other side is for liquor/bar display.
‘Scotch on the Rocks’ art from ZGallerie.
Copper pots from Macy’s.
If you look back at the BEFORE photos, you can see the old white electrical outlets on the island. My trusty (hubby) electrician replaced them with black ones for a much better look.
I added two cushioned wellness mats for comfort during meal or cocktail prep! They’re from the Mad Matter.
The Living Area
Sofa sectional and rug from Scandinavian Designs. Pillows and black recliner chairs from ZGallerie.
I’ve always loved this console table from ZGallerie, so I was so excited that my client liked it too! We used it as a TV stand, so I had a piece of 1/4″ tempered glass custom cut to fit the top of the table. Since the table top has open surfaces on the top, the glass makes for a very stable surface top.
Plants Lowe’s, planters Crate and Barrel. Glass table and basket, HomeGoods. Vases and wall sconce, ZGallerie.
The Main Balcony
The penthouse has two balconies. One off the main living area, the other in the office/bedroom. Here’s a view of a nice little lunch for a couple friends.
My assistant and I found this great 4 piece teak and black patio set on one of our late night shopping trips to HomeGoods! I’m so glad we found it. I’ve used these great melamine glasses and serving tray from HomeGoods, which are perfect for the outdoor entertaining.
Did I mention how much I love that set on the main balcony? Well, my assistant was super lucky to find a smaller sister set. It was perfect for the smaller balcony. My mom and dad went and swooped it up and delivered it here for me! Yes, they’re pretty awesome! I had so much support from my wonderful family and extended family on this project.
Here it is! It’s the perfect size and scale for this smaller balcony. All accessories from HomeGoods.
The Night Life
As if this place isn’t amazing enough during the day, the city lights of the evening are spectacular.
I’ve also stocked this place with plenty of candles, so nighttime is the perfect time to light them all up and enjoy the soft glow.
So that’s it for now. I still have a few more rooms and spaces to show you, but that will be after I receive some more of the art I have on order. Stay tuned for a part two of the Penthouse Project! Thanks for stopping by, and leave me a comment to tell me what you think!