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A Renovation a Long Time in the Making

Indigo & Ochre Design transformed a lackluster apartment into a dream home.

The new kitchen. Photo: Heidi’s Bridge
The new kitchen. Photo: Heidi’s Bridge

Shanti Crawford started her design business, Indigo & Ochre Design, in 2011 after moving to New York from Sarajevo, where she was working on human-rights initiatives. Ever since, she has spent her time creating joyful, color-infused interiors where comfort takes the lead. As seen above, with her clients’ redesigned kitchen: “First came function,” she says of her approach to the space, which she gutted entirely. “It was tiny, bleak, and dark, with bad orange-tinged wood cabinets, no counter space, insufficient storage, terrible lighting, and nowhere to sit.” The new kitchen features custom walnut cabinets with blue lacquer finishes, plus more counter space with an added peninsula. The backsplash and countertops are from Caesarstone, and the stools and lighting by Sazerac Stitches were unearthed on Etsy. The sink is by Rohl. “Every item sourced and incorporated into the design was either custom-made in the U.S., responsibly sourced (i.e., from vendors whose employment practices meet fair-trade standards), or vintage or antique,” Crawford says.

The dining area off the open living room is now a bright and welcoming enclave anchored by a large art piece, Andretta Blues, by Gauri Sharma. Crawford stripped and lightened the existing table and bench and added chairs from Arper. Photo: Heidi’s Bridge
The living room’s sculptural sofa and ottoman from Cassina replaced a heavy, dark-brown, boxy sectional. The vintage Heriz carpet picks up the colors of the velvet throw pillow and a lumbar cushion covered in a Ghanaian textile. The brass wall hanging of branches is vintage. “Before, the home was populated with castoffs from family members and items from their post-college years that neither worked for the space nor reflected their tastes. We had our work cut out for us,” Crawford says. Photo: Heidi’s Bridge
The master bedroom now features a cozy, deep-blue velvet Ligne Roset bed big enough to accommodate kids and four-legged family members. The walnut nightstands are also from Ligne Roset, and the sconces are from Lostine. Photo: Heidi’s Bridge
The master bath saw the most dramatic transformation. The dated enclosed bathtub-shower was removed, and now the entire room is covered in handmade zellige tiles from Clé. The encaustic black-and-white patterned wall tiles are from Riad. The “absolute black” custom granite is from SMC Stone. Photo: Heidi’s Bridge
“We riffed on an Art Deco theme in this room. What was once depressing is now an elegant retreat for the homeowners,” Crawford says. “They have busy lives — both are professionals. Their work, kids, and other obligations meant that renovating and refurnishing their home took a back seat for the better part of a decade.” Photo: Heidi’s Bridge

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