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My Favorite Interior Design Services

Our core obsession, lobby interior design, is just one of several primary interior design services here at Sygrove Associates Design Group. In fact, we provide a quite wide variety of interior design services. In addition to our noted work in high-end apartment, condo and coop buildings, our capabilities include corporate offices and family homes, as well (see below).

According to the National Interior Design Association (IIDA), “Throughout the…the creative process, designers are constantly defining themselves and redefining their work.” I like to think of my team as versatile method actors being constantly exposed to new challenges that sharpen our ability to capture the emotional appeal and artistic expression of each project we undertake.

I’d like to share three projects with you to demonstrate what I mean:
a chic lobby redo on the Upper East Side, a park-inspired hallway total update on Central Park West, and a stately family home in Scarsdale. All stay true to our mission of delivering interior design services that satisfy our clients’ aesthetic desires and also, stand the test of time.

Three of our Favorite Interior Design Services

Favorite Interior Design Projects

Lobby Interior Design – 14 E. 90th Street

Doesn’t this space make you feel like an aspiring urban hot shot? The owners wanted us to freshen-up their pre-war lobby so that it could be more appealing to a younger professionals and families without losing the pre-war charm. This required us to introduce elements into the space that are just a sliver on this side of edgy, but are chic and elegant, as well. This beautiful space today is the total opposite of stodgy.

What I love about this lobby is the delicate balance of artwork and accessories. Stylized butterflies and classical landscape plans give way to hand-colored architectural prints arranged in such a way that they look like mosaics. The accessories such as lamps and furniture are like precious jewels in perfect settings.

I loved being involved in every one of our interior design projects, and this one really stands out.


Hallway Interior Design – 400 Central Park West

What a delight to live on Central Park West across from the verdant environment in Manhattan. The design committee asked us if we could come up with a way to integrate the lushness of the park into this hallway interior design project. We were thrilled with the challenge!

First, we designed a gorgeous carpet that features a stylized branch pattern. It looks ultra luxurious yet it is manufactured in such a way that it repels dirt and mud (and there’s lots of dirt and mud when you live so close to the park. The wall covering, despite looking like organic linen, is hard wearing and durable, too.

Here’s the piece de resistance: In order to keep the long hallways from feeling so endless and bleak, we created twig-inspired wall murals at each end. Having artwork at the end of each corridor creates the feeling of “something to look forward to” as people walk down the hall.

I’m sure you can appreciate why this hallway redo is one of our favorite interior design projects.

Residential Interior Design (Scarsdale Residence)

As a mom and an interior designer, I can appreciate why some parents struggle with how to make their home as comfy and child-friendly as possible, but luxurious as well. If you think that child friendly and luxurious can co-exist, think again!

In this interior design project we started with a typical Scarsdale Tudor void of most of its Tudor interior elements, and went on to reintroduce period-inspired details such as a plaster ceiling, stone and wood flooring, and wall moldings throughout. Our choice of color palette fosters a light, bright, airy and super comfortable home. This living room, one of my favorite interior design projects to date, was also one of our most challenging because the owners have a lot of kids!

And with kids come sticky fingers, dirty sneakers, spills, and more. But my clients wanted a light neutral color scheme. Quite a conundrum, right? Wrong!

During my career of as a lobby interior designer, I have had this challenge many times before and I’ve become an expert on sourcing luxury materials that are soil-resistant, durable, long lasting, yet look and feel luxurious.

If you cringe when you imagine a bunch of toddlers climbing all over the incredible furniture in this irresistible living room, don’t. All of the sumptuous mohair, velvets and nappy carpets are, believe it or not, child-resistant! The luscious palette of taupes, creams, and aqua…creates a sophisticated living room for entertaining and the durability of the materials gives the family a comfy space they don’t have to worry about ruining.

I love my job. My firm is so blessed to be able to provide interior design services that make our clients happy an enable us to explore the limits of our creativity and experience. I’m fired up every morning to tackle the next adventure.

Let’s Make Beautiful Spaces Together.

— Marilyn

Founded in 1982, Sygrove Associates Design Group is the premier New York interior design firm for lobby, hallway and common area installations at high-end cooperatives, condominiums and real estate developments. Our residential and commercial interior design is timeless, functional, durable and easy to maintain, and projects are consistently on time and budget. That’s no accident – our president and founder Marilyn Sygrove is as tough as you are when it comes to quality and aesthetics.

Working closely with boards, residents and other stakeholders to build consensus, all design, planning and installation activities from concept to punch list are directed by Marilyn personally. She listens carefully before ever putting pencil to paper to make sure your space is as functional as it is beautiful. For a consultation please contact Marilyn directly at: 212.757.0631 or [email protected]

5 Awesome Before-and-After Condo and Apartment Hallway Transformations

By the time a client reaches out to my firm, they’re more than ready for their building to have a facelift. We are lobby interior designers, yes, but some of our most interesting work is upstairs, in the hallways. In fact, condo and apartment hallway transformations are some of our most rewarding (and challenging) projects.

If you live in New York City, you’re more than aware that the majority of apartment building hallways are long, dark and gloomy. Even in some of the most iconic residential buildings, the hallways were an afterthought. My job is to bring light, warmth, and efficiency into those dark windowless corridors – and it’s not always an easy task.

In most of the older buildings, quick alterations were made over the years to accommodate changes in wiring and HVAC systems. This makes hallway design projects particularly interesting work for us because we can combine our design expertise, our technical chops, and clever problem-solving. When residents tell us they feel happy every time they get off the elevators, we know we’ve done our job well.

Here are 5 awesome before and after condo and apartment hallway transformations of which we are particularly proud:

1) From Stuffy To Sophisticated – 45 Sutton Place South




Before: Excessively patterned carpet, fussy traditional furniture, and green elevator doors made this hallway feel like an old-fashioned doctor’s office. The full wall of mirrors across from the elevators magnified that feeling, too. The residents wanted a fresh, new design that at the same time, celebrated the building’s 1958 architecture.

After: We chose to face the elevators in a soft, neutral cream and the walls in a soft copper hue. We replaced the wall of mirrors with a sophisticated round decorative mirror on each floor, not unlike what you would find in an original mid-century hallway. We paired elegant stone flooring with soft, luxurious carpet graced by a strong geometric element. This serves to break up the floor area and eliminate the long, windowless corridor affect. The crown molding draws your eye away from the electric and cable soffits and creates a cozy, homey feeling.

Finally, we did away with the fussy, old-fashioned furniture and instead placed a lovely settee across from the elevator. It’s clean lines dance well with the carpet. And, we sourced graceful, period-appropriate chandeliers, which cast a great deal of light thus eliminating the need for tables and lamps.


2) From Cold To Classy – 203 West 81st St.










Before: When I first laid eyes on this space I was overcome by turquoise! I do love turquoise but in this case, it’s more appropriate for a basement than a residential floor. The overly patterned carpet was a not very successful attempt at making the hallway a little more cheerful. Instead, it just felt claustrophobic.

After: To create an atmosphere of comfort and luxury, we chose a warm and inviting copper for the elevators. We simply adored the existing open staircase so we had the marble treads stripped and polished and let the original marble tell the story. The soft patterned carpet adds subtle interest and is designed to withstand decades of wear and tear and still look great. New lighting creates an open, airy effect. Quite a contrast from where we started, right?


3) From Suffocating To Spacious – 205 East 78th St.

Before: In many prewar buildings, the hallways feel narrow and suffocating, despite the fact that the apartments are often quite large. In addition to updating the walls and flooring, this extensive project also required us to find ways to hide electrical piping and create access panels for cable.

After: We were stuck with narrow hallways but we implemented clever design solutions that make them feel wider. By limiting the scheme to only three colors (chocolate, white and aqua) we were able to create an effect of spaciousness and a décor that is classic and modern at the same time. Our solutions for the electrical piping and cable panels are so integrated into the design that most people don’t even notice them.


4) From Dim To Distinctive – 411 East 53rd St.

Before: The residents of 411 E. 53rd were really tired of their wall of mirrors and bowl-shaped lighting fixtures. Their hallways always felt dim. The old nylon carpet, which was glued directly to the floor (without padding) was hard on the feet. This was not a happy space to come home to.

After: The pillbox-shaped ceiling fixtures (which we adore) cast lots of light, yet are so unobtrusive they’re barely noticeable. We covered the metal apartment doors with decorative casings, which eliminated the office-building mood. We chose luxurious wool/nylon carpeting from Ulster Carpets and used thick padding so residents can comfortably walk to the garbage room in their stocking feet. Hard flooring for the area right outside the elevators imparts the feeling of a foyer and adds to the coziness of the new design.


5) From Blah To Brilliant – Holland House

Before: The residents of Holland House were greeted every day by a long expanse of dull blue carpet which made the hallway feel like an endless road to nowhere.

After: This was modestly-budgeted compared to the majority of projects that come into our firm, but by implementing some simple design tricks we gave this hallway a new and fresh look. We used complimentary patterned carpet where the large carpet medallions in at the elevator landings evoke a foyer feeling the smaller pattern carries the design the same feeling down the hallway. We love the LED fixtures that cast soft, yet bright enough to read light. They look like they’ve always been there. The walls were carefully skimmed and we added wood cable molding for a finished effect. And (this part I particularly love) we repurposed all the old elevator dials – they are now directional signage on each floor!

When working on condo and apartment hallway transformations my team and I take the time to imagine how we want to feel when we step out of the elevator. It’s our goal to improve look, feel and efficiency and create an atmosphere of peace.

Stuck with dim, dingy, and less than welcoming hallways in your building? I would be happy to explore a condo and apartment hallway transformation with you. Please feel free to contact me directly for a consultation about your project.
— Marilyn
[email protected]

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