1. My entry closet has been a project that I held off for a long time due to the lack of space. I had to keep everything in my bedroom while we worked on this closet… well it’s finally complete and I couldn’t be happier. Now we are able to walk into the closet!!
    .Check out my inspiration board for this project at http://www.pinterest.com/urbanmonkeynyc/walk-in-closet-concepts/
    and the before, during and after pics:

  2. Our biggest challenge in this space was square footage… sixty square feet to be exact!

    Sharon (a serious baker and avid cook) had a short but firm wish list:

    • a GRAND hood as the centerpiece to her kitchen
    • a French country feel
    • a backdrop for her collection of blue accessories
    • nice floors that were easy to clean

    After seeing the tiny kitchen, the immediate suggestion was to remove the doorway into the kitchen. This would allow the space to instantly appear bigger by letting more light into the living area. Once we took down the doorway and wall, the wood laminate floors were installed in a cherry finish, to match the cabinetry on the window wall. These floors are much easier to clean and add a warmth to the country kitchen (in the middle of New York City).

    White cabinets on the hood wall lighten up the kitchen. Marble was the perfect material to show off the blues in her collection and it also adds lots of texture to that side of the room.

    Cherry cabinets on the window wall bring up the warmth of the floor. The black granite counter-top with laminate black base on that wall was a pre-existing piece that Sharon kept from her old kitchen. Cutting it and reshaping it allowed us to obtain more counter-top space and even an eating area for Sharon next to the window. Base cabinets on that side would not have worked. They would have made the walking area too narrow.

    Custom recessed lighting was incorporated into a soffit over the window, joining the microwave cabinet to the pantry cabinet. We had six inches left, to the right of the fridge and it is now the thin pantry that houses Sharon’s baking sheets. This also allows the fridge door to open fully, without hitting the wall.

    A brass chandelier & brass cabinet knobs, marble & a custom wood hood (made to look like plaster) were used. The result is a chef’s French country kitchen, within the city…

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    French Country Kitchen… Done!
BEFORE & AFTER pics will be posted tomorrow

    French Country Kitchen… Done!

    BEFORE & AFTER pics will be posted tomorrow

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    French country kitchen… Work in progress

    French country kitchen… Work in progress

  5. Moroccan French Contemporary Kitchen

    A French Moroccan client looking for the traditional feel of her native land with the amenities of modern cooking. (first three images are the BEFORE PICS)

    This Chelsea apartment housed an OK sized kitchen (by NYC standards) but lacked user friendliness, modern day appliances, storage and a bit of personalized style!

    White walls and Shaker style cabinets with textured glass provide the perfect framework to showcase these Moroccan cement tiles used as a back-splash. The sink and dishwasher swapped places to provide more counter space and a base cabinet for recycling and trash. The stove was moved several inches to the right, to make room for the sink’s new home. This also helps to access water while cooking. Our clients collection of kitchen mortars is displayed on glass shelves behind an extra deep counter-top. Track lighting was added to the already intricate ceiling (painted metal ceiling)

    The overall look of the new kitchen gives our client a light, contemporary kitchen with the Moroccan flair and French gourmet amenities to make great meals for many years to come.

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    Flowers for Anniversary/Birthday Cocktail party.

    Flowers for Anniversary/Birthday Cocktail party.

  7. 13:06 13th May 2013

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    PS 11 Auction & Gala 2013

    This event has a very special place in my heart. It is a fund raiser to celebrate our children, the PS 11 Staff and ALL the parents & volunteers that work so hard to make it happen every year. Urban Monkey was there to help set the tone through decor and floral. We enjoyed cocktails, a live auction, great food and music. A night to remember for sure… We are already thinking about next year’s design concepts.!!!

    Photography by: http://www.jimmychuphotography.com/

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  8. Hipster Baby themed baby shower… What can I say? we had such a nice time. Nothing better than good weather, Sunday brunch and great friends surrounded by pretty decor :-) 

    The quintessential hipster mustache was our “logo”. We used it for decorating the cake & cookies, water bottle labels, our Brunch Menu and on the thank you tags for our guests. For the food/beverage, we created a brunch buffet station in the kitchen countertop, overlooking the living room and of course, my work desk became the “drink station”, complete with coffee, herbal teas, fresh OJ, Mimosas and a tall glass of milk for the mommy.


    Paper Presentations is always my “go to” place when it comes to purchasing great looking papers and there are always great displays that inspire in the shop. I have spent many hours in this store… too much to look at! The banners were hand crafted along with the flower arrangements. Just a few arrangements in key areas for a pop of color. 

    The mommy to be was very happy with the vibrant colors and theme of her shower. We ate, we laughed, played games, opened gifts, tried to name the baby to be… In short, it was the perfect end to our weekend.

  9. Macy’s Flower Show this year was spectacular. The smell of flowers was the first clue to the beauty that would greet us in the giant tent. Vignettes  of flower groupings and props had my eyes on visual overload. The giant elephant in the room was the perfect focal point. (reminded me of a floral baby elephant I did a couple of years back. The last photo on this post)  All of the scenic pieces, including the tiles on the floor, were hand painted on wood panels. Felt very three dimensional… like walking through a hidden garden in India.

  10. 10:33 12th Mar 2013

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    Graffiti in my neighborhood… Having arrived in the USA in the mid 80’s, there is a special place in my memories for graffiti art, the first type of art I saw in New York (although at the time, it was NOT considered art by many) As an eight year old, I recall the trains being colorful and fun and always an adventure to ride! Now, looking at the evolved styles of graffiti in NY, I am very proud to have seen the roots of this creative movement.