Project Management

Design Execution

1960’s Penthouse Condominium

One of my most satisfying projects is nearing completion as I write. Eight months have gone by since I first viewed this 1960’s penthouse condominium.

It was owned by a 40ish bachelor and was being purchased by a very elegant woman “of a certain age”. The dark brown woodwork, heavy use of stone, and orange paint, were not to her liking. Our vision was for something light, airy and sophisticated.

The condo was long and narrow, with low ceilings. We needed to visually open the space and make room for an extensive art collection.

Penthouse Makeover
- Marianne Donahue Interiors

We started by removing all the stone and replacing it with raised panel built in cabinets at either end of the room. She then had a place to house her beautiful crystal and art glass pieces. The heavy dark ceiling fans were changed out with unobtrusive ceiling hugging white. The chair rail was removed. That simple task alone, made the room appear taller.

Next came hand knotted Tibetan rugs in creamy shades of wool and silk. We used vertical silk stripe drapery panels on the sliding glass doors which also helped to minimize the “bowling alley effect”.

The stone entrance was dramatically changed when the grey stone walls and tile floor were replaced with a large cream damask wallpaper and limestone floor. Antique crystal chandeliers and wall sconces were purchased for the halls, dining area and bathrooms. New custom made vanities with marble tops were installed in the bathrooms. The harshness of black, grey and white became soft coffee and cream.
On move in day, over 30 paintings were hung and a celebratory bottle of wine was consumed.


Condo-Make-Over - Marianne Donahue Interiors