Client Stories:

A Refreshed Apartment with a Pet-Friendly Twist

client: Susan and Matthew Blake

location: Hoboken, NJ

design consultant: Sandra Swieder

A Refreshed Apartment with a Pet-Friendly Twist
Office Nook with White shelving Drawers Cabinets and Grey Topped Built in Desk

What They Wanted

The Blakes, a local dog walker and her partner who live in Hoboken, NJ, love the fact that their high-rise apartment has amazing views of New York City. But with limited space for storage, they needed solutions throughout the house that would allow their home to function more efficiently.

Built In White Book Shelf in Near Apartment Bay Windows

How we did it

Since the apartment was originally painted in very dark colors, design consultant Sandra Swieder worked in lighter tones to open up the space. Creating an office area, bookcase area—complete with space for a dog bed— and a bedroom wardrobe, she provided the storage the couple needed in shades of gray and white. Since some of the ceilings in the home were 164 inches high, she decided to build the units 130 inches (to the top of the windows), which elongated the space. To balance the materials already in the existing kitchen, she mixed metal frames into the office design, making the overall look seamless.

final result

Thank you for all of your hard work in getting our cabinetry designed and installed. We are very happy with how everything has turned out!

The tall, light-colored shelves and cabinetry dramatically open up the space, providing functional storage and complementing the existing aesthetic.

Design Details


Classic White (bookcase)

Lago® Adriatic Mist (countertop)


Deep textured White Wave doors (office)

Aluminum flip-up doors with Satin Glass inserts

Smoke high-gloss fronts (bookcase)

Modern Miter drawers (bedroom wardrobe)

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