New York apartment transformed into a plush pied a terre

Manhattan is no place for bland and ordinary, as the owners of this apartment discovered when they asked designer Robin Baron to give it a makeover

When it comes to job titles, ‘lifestyle expert’ is up there with the grandest of them. It’s a broad and wide-reaching label – which is perhaps why it works so well for Robin Baron. The American interior designer’s CV is crammed. As well as fully refurbishing her clients’ homes, she is a regular on US television, is the author of a number of blogs about design and interiors, is affiliated with a host of design organisations and women’s associations, and regularly tours the States giving talks on both interior design and, in her words, “how to empower people through their homes”.
With grand titles come high expectations, but Robin’s work doesn’t disappoint. Her portfolio is as exuberant as her personality, with residential and commercial clients seeking out her multi-faceted style. Success in this business very often comes down to experience, and experience is something that Robin, who knew from the age of nine that she wanted to be a designer, has in abundance.
Anyone who has transformed as many properties as she has can’t really have a ‘signature style’, but one of her recent projects, in New York City, does sum up the kind of confident, unique statement that her clients commission her to create.
The spacious property, in a post-war apartment building in midtown Manhattan, was in a good state of repair when the owners bought it in the autumn of 2013, but, as Robin recalls, the place simply had no personality. “It was essentially a blank canvas,” she says. “It was like a vanilla box, with no detail or character.” On the positive side, the apartment was bright, thanks to lots of windows throughout, so the spacious rooms did have a natural, airy feeling to them.
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What A three-bedroom apartment
Where Manhattan,New York City
Photography Rob Karosis
Words Catherine Coyle