An Interior Designer’s Gut Renovation Transforms a Dated Chelsea Co-op

See how interior designer Tamara Eaton revamped her small Chelsea co-op


Interior designer Tamara Eaton is no stranger to big renovation projects: As the driving force behind her eponymous design firm, she’s worked on a number of high-profile developments, including staging the model units at CetraRuddy’s latest Hell’s Kitchen condos, and crafting the interiors of New York homes as varied as a modern Southampton cabin or a completely revamped Park Slope townhouse. But none of those compared to her biggest project to date: the gut-renovation of her Chelsea condo.

revamped small Chelsea co-op
Source: Photo by Max Touhey

Eaton bought the apartment in 2013 after seeing a listing for the apartment on, of all places, Curbed. The apartment was described at the time as “frighteningly colorful,” and the listings photos don’t disappoint, with every single room painted a different color (salmon, bright green, and so on). Meanwhile, the kitchen was small and cramped—there was a mini-fridge and a tiny stove—and the entryway featured a home office built into a tiny little nook. It was, to put it mildly, a bad use of space.

But the bones were there, and the building, a lovely Art Deco co-op built in 1931, was a rarity in the neighborhood. Eaton was sold, even if it meant ripping everything out and starting from scratch—which is exactly what she did. “The whole apartment was a gut,” Eaton explains. “The only thing we kept were the floors—they were in decent condition, and there’s something about old floors that just feels so beautiful.”


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