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The Client: Laura and Rob Lawton and children Austin and Olivia
Apartment 23K, three bedroom apartment

BidDsgnrShcseLogo.jpgDesign collaboration by:
• Venera Evanko, Venera Evanko Design with Lynn Breindel, LB Interiors
• Michelle Sanchez-Boyce, Simplicity Designs
• Timothy McVey, Tapestry Design
Designers detailed room and furnishing descriptions will be available in the apartments.


23k apartment

Client Profile: Laura, a doctor, loved growing up in New Rochelle and attending New Rochelle Schools, but as a young professional sought a more urban lifestyle and moved to New York City where she met her husband Rob, an attorney. Rob and Laura Lawton have two children, a little girl, Olivia and a teenage son, Austin.

They all loved city life and hated to leave. However, when visiting her parents, Laura and Rob were surprised to discover how attractive downtown New Rochelle was becoming. Laura and Rob decided to move to New Rochelle into a three bedroom apartment at Avalon on the Sound East so their children can enroll in school while they search for a home to purchase. They are now torn between living downtown in one of the new condominium projects such as Davenport Lofts, 543 Main Street Condominiums, or Trump Plaza, which are attracting a lot of young professionals, or a more suburban neighborhood. They are pleased that in New Rochelle they can have the best of both worlds: urban and suburban.

Laura loves book groups and with so many neighbors found it easy to start one; they are planning to meet at local restaurants. Great literature, savory food, a little wine and friends are her form of relaxation especially when it's within walking distance. Rob collects baseball memorabilia and is a passionate cyclist. He has also joined the NY Sports Club downtown. Both Rob and Laura are members of the Metropolitan Opera and enjoy the fun of going in their formal attire. They now go to Regal Cinema’s Metropolitan Opera simulcast are planning an “opera and a dinner “party for few friends after the Turandot simulcast on November 7th.

Their teenage son Austin is a passionate reader, loves sports, is a film buff, and enjoys music, as well as video games as does every teenager. He loves the independence that living downtown offers him which he was afraid he would miss when he left New York City. Both the New Rochelle Public Library and the Regal Cinema are short walks. As a result, Austin is able to independently check out books, DVDs and CDs from the Library and to go to the movies with his friends. He also loves the swimming pool and basketball court at Avalon.

Their daughter Olivia is celebrating her 5th birthday. Her favorite downtown places are the children’s room at the Public Library, many downtown small restaurants where she and her Grandma are becoming well known as “the ladies who lunch” and the exciting events at BID Family Saturdays. Her Grandma told her that if BID Family Saturdays didn’t exist, she would invent these family events for her favorite granddaughter. For her birthday she wants new party clothes, a doll, stuffed animals and games.

The Designer’s Approach: Ms. Evanko and Ms. Breindel transformed the living dining area and foyer into a tranquil environment responding to Rob and Laura’s desire to come home to a calm sophisticated retreat from their demanding jobs. The view of Long Island Sound inspired their design. Shades of blue/green on the walls were chosen to bring the water views into the rooms thus providing a sense of serenity. The tasteful combination of new and antique furniture, set off by paintings and mirrors, delights the senses. In addition to offering a peaceful refuge from the City, the living room is also a wonderful entertainment space.

Ms. Sanchez-Boyce knew that Rob and Laura believed that Austin and Olivia should be encouraged to express their interests and personalities in their rooms. Therefore in contrast to the family areas, she painted the children’s rooms in vibrant colors. She has contrasted the deep red walls of Olivia’s room with soft pinks, whites and pastel greens. In Austin’s room she chose a vibrant blue to reflect the energy of a teenager. His many interests and urban childhood are seen in details throughout the room.

Mr. McVey saw the master bedroom as a continuation of the living and dining area's calm and sophisticated oasis. He choose quiet earth tones for the walls complemented with a deeper hue for an accent wall thus giving the room greater depth. These colors complement his choices of art and classic and antique furniture. Mr. McVey decided to stage the post Opera Simulcast dinner party as an intimate elegant affair for a few friends. He set the table with elegant china, crystal, and one of his signature floral arrangements.

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