Before & After: This New Build Apartment Is Unrecognisable After A Home Makeover

Part of a new apartment complex, a two-bedroom flat in Bronxville, New York, had been recently built and was a blank canvas for the new owners. But the flat lacked personality, so the couple approached sister duo Erin Hackett and Meghan Hackett-Cassidy of Hackett Interiors (opens in new tab) to give it some oomph and pizazz.

The couple wanted a serene scheme, and a home they could feel relaxed in.

Since no-one had lived in the apartment before it was a completely blank canvas, and the Hackett sisters had the opportunity to choose every detail from the flooring to the kitchen, furniture, accents, wallpaper, and beyond.

The apartment sits on the top floor of the building, with large windows and lots of light. Erin and Meghan worked to leverage that serenity and design with furniture, layouts, and a colour palette that didn’t feel too harsh in the space.


The modern design and empty spaces of the apartment created the perfect blank canvas for a fresh look.

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The kitchen features a light scheme of white and blue-grey. The couple didn’t want the kitchen to look too traditional, so Erin and Meghan suggested a classic subway tile with chic CB2 barstools that they reupholstered.

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With an open floor-plan and layout between the living room and the kitchen, the sisters wanted to keep the muted tones cohesive while also adding subtle hints of lilac, lavender, and touches of metallic.

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Meghan and Erin also incorporated a wide variety of transitional furniture for entertaining such as ottomans and console tables.

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Every window was dressed to emphasise the natural light that floods this top floor apartment.

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Erin and Meghan are fans of mixing high and low products. They mixed in a lot of American high street finds from Pottery Barn, Serena & Lily, and Crate & Barrel.

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The cloakroom / WC was given personality with a playful wallpaper that still fell in line with the cool tones and textures throughout the house.

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The bathroom also received a complete transformation, with a luxe, spa-like vibe.

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For the bedroom, the designers chose cream over crisp, as they felt that it could feel too harsh in the space. They chose Benjamin Moore ‘vanilla milkshake’ for the walls to allow for the patterns on curtains and upholstery and textures in pillows to show.

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Photography: Emily Gilbert

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.