Kevin Greenberg, the principal of Space Exploration Design, had a good feeling about this Upper West Side apartment as soon as he walked through the door. Perhaps an outsider would assume that a quick spark of inspiration would be a routine part of his job, but Kevin would argue differently. “I begin each of our projects with a spirit of optimism about its potential, but every once in a great while I feel an instant, magnetic connection to a space we’ve been invited to design,” he says. “This is a very rare, exhilarating feeling, and it happened with this home.”
What Kevin and lead designer Camille Vantalon saw was a property first designed by famed architects George and Edward Blum in the early 20th century. Southern light illuminated crown and picture moldings that remained untouched in the distinct rooms over the years, and the hallway leading to it all was punctuated by a series of beautiful doors. The newlyweds who hired Kevin and Camille—who happen to work in consulting and finance—were drawn to these Parisian qualities, given their shared French descent, and didn’t want to alter them. Instead, they were looking to modernize the apartment ever so carefully.