When Jennifer Pade realized that her beloved but ultra-compact 325-square-foot apartment in the West Village was beginning to collapse in front of her very eyes, she knew she had to renovate to save it. Although determined to keep some of the apartment's original early 20th-century features, she began by gutting the entire kitchen and continued on a journey that would see her tiny rundown home completely transformed into a gorgeous, sun-filled living space. The entire transformation was the subject of an Apartment Therapy renovation diary and thanks to Nancy Miller, we have amazing photos to show what a little design determination can do for a small NYC space.
The West Village apartment is over 100-years-old and although Pade wanted to retain some of the early 20th-century elements, the focus was on giving the small space a comprehensive facelift complete with installing as many space-saving features as possible.
Pade began her design journey with her itsy-bitsy 8’x6’ kitchen, which was as rundown as it was inefficient. After years of simply living with the apartment’s less than desirable condition, Jennifer says that she was inspired to start the renovation process after she noticed that the ceiling and walls were starting to collapse due to the building’s age.
While trying her best to maintain the original crown molding and oak door frames, Jennifer began to gut the kitchen entirely. The first step was to install the same ash-wood flooring in the kitchen and the living space in order to create an open, loft-like space. By doing so, she managed to add a little more space to the kitchen without noticeably taking away from the living area.
The newly reformed kitchen is now complete with lots of cabinetry and storage space, making efficient use of the apartment’s high ceilings. New countertops, backsplash and lighting give the space a clean, contemporary look.
By updating the kitchen area and opening up the space, Jennifer was able to take attention away from its small footprint, and make the space much more livable. Jennifer’s eclectic design style of antique furniture mixed with simple modern touches enhances the natural charm of her beautifully reformed West Village home.
To see more details of the renovation process, check out Jennifer’s Renovation Diary.
Photographs by Nancy Mitchell and Jennifer Pade