Space of the Week: Small Wonder

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Wesley Moon and his partner, Sal, had been looking at apartments for well over a year when their broker finally sent them this listing. “Everything we saw in our range was beyond help,” Wesley says. He ended up touring this apartment at 7:30 in the morning. Photo: Wesley Moon

“The space wasn’t so bad before,” says Wesley. “It was totally livable. I just wanted it to be us.” He ended up flipping the floor plan to make this room”originally the bedroom”into a dining area within the living room. Among other things, the transformation involved removing a zigzag-doored closet. Photo: Wesley Moon

The closet space made way for this dining area, with a turn-of-the-century claw-foot table found on eBay. The 1950s perforated-metal wall sconces were a find at the Paris Flea Market in Saint-Ouen, and Wesley re-covered these vintage Italian chairs with alligator-embossed patent leather. The luxurious silk drapes feature brush trim from Houlès. Photo: William Waldron

The original kitchen was perfectly nice, and perfectly generic. Photo: Wesley Moon

But once Wesley got to work, it morphed into a super-kitchen, complete with 300-year-old reclaimed marble floor tiles from Paris Ceramics, and marble countertops that give a sparkling edge to the room. The backsplash behind the sink is an antique mirror from Alliance Art Glass. Photo: William Waldron

The wall behind the stove is clad in marble; Wesley designed the gorgeous cabinetry himself. Photo: William Waldron

No wonder Wesley converted the original bedroom into a living room”the double exposures provide so much light! (Second window not shown). Photo: Wesley Moon

These floor-to-ceiling curtains add a luxurious element to the room, as does the French Deco area rug from Rug & Kilim, layered over sisal carpeting cut to fit the room. Wesley found the coffee table at the Paris Flea Market; the vase sitting on top is from Cocobolo Gallery. Photo: William Waldron

A Kelly Falzone Inouye watercolor hangs over the sofa, and the custom pillows are covered with Emilio Pucci scarves. The skull on the windowsill is also from Cocobolo Gallery. Photo: William Waldron

This is what the living room looked like before Wesley got to work turning it into the bedroom. Photo: Wesley Moon

The once-forlorn room is now a jewel box anchored by a custom bed that Wesley designed himself, and upholstered in dreamy, amethyst-colored Loro Piana cashmere. The mid-century sconces are also from the Paris Flea Market. Photo: William Waldron

The sunflower-yellow side tables from USM pack another color punch in this cozy room. Photo: William Waldron

The original floor plan on the left, alongside Wesley’s renovation, is proof that the apartment had no serious faults to begin with. But Wesley quickly proved that there is no place like home, especially if you have the eye and talent to make it your own. Photo: Courtesy of Wesley Moon

Space of the Week: Small Wonder