Visit Tess Soltau’s Renovated NYC Condo: Before and After

The renovation created an arched doorway between the kitchen and the dining room. The light above the table is by Rich Brilliant Willing; the dining chairs are from Very Good & Proper; and the white oak and cane cabinet is by Leanne Ford for Crate & Barrel.
Photo: Thomas Richter

Actress Tess Soltau has lived (and rented) in New York for a decade, landing stage roles in Bad and The Addams Family in addition to his television work. In 2019, she finally bought her own place, overlooking the Empire Hotel near Lincoln Center. But the place needed work. And she had to adapt to the life she didn’t have at the time.

“It was like a quintessential Memphis meet in the late 80s American psychosays her interior designer, Keren Richter, with a laugh as she describes the dark, dated aesthetic of the condo. Soltau knew she wanted a blue bathroom and a black kitchen; she knew she wanted arches and marble, “so I knew the elements but I didn’t trust myself to put them together. I’m not that kind of artist.

Before the renovation, the kitchen entrance was lit by a small door, and the parquet flooring was aged and dated (it has been replaced by wide-plank white oak.)
Photo: Thomas Richter

“I love bows,” says Richter, who is that kind of artist. “It’s so inviting and it really does a lot to draw your eye in and give the illusion of more height, and it gives you the opportunity to make a really interesting doorway.” The 1,000 square foot one-bedroom apartment has been transformed into a two-bedroom apartment with a new floor plan that incorporates enclosed spaces with two arched doorways and a fresh, bright palette of pale colors and wooden floors. blond oak. The space is now contemporary and cozy with a palette of light woods and pale pastels; feminine in spirit, but not finicky or sickening, so much the better for Soltau’s fiancé, who now lives there with her.

“I also like the space that Keren created because I’m very feminine, but I was like, I’m going to meet someonesays Soltau. “We were designing the apartment before we met him, but I didn’t want him to go into a super-feminine energy, where there was nothing grounded and masculine about it.”

The renovation took longer than expected due to COVID-19, but the endgame was worth it. “The views of the Empire Hotel are typical of New York; everyone who enters is drawn to the windows like a magnet. And she’ll soon be able to walk to work: she plays Betany in the Britney Spears Broadway-bound musical, Once upon a time.

After: The kitchen now has a polished Arabescato marble backsplash and inset Shaker cabinets with unlacquered brass hinges.
Photo: Thomas Richter

From left to right : Before, the kitchen had an 80s vibe with black veneer and glass cabinets; The kitchen, after. Thomas Richer.

From left to right : Before, the kitchen had an 80s vibe with black veneer and glass cabinets; The kitchen, after. Thomas Richer.

From left to right : The front bathroom; The bathroom, after. Thomas Richer.

From left to right : The front bathroom; The bathroom, after. Thomas Richer.

After: The master bathroom has pink concrete flooring from Concrete Collaborative. A new custom Arabescato built-in sink console replaced the small sink in the corner.
Photo: Thomas Richter

The second bedroom: Richter created it by taking space in the living room and allowing light to filter in through the arched doorway.
Photo: Thomas Richter

The master bedroom with a photograph above the bed by Dafy Hagai. The lamp on the bedside table is Lostine.
Photo: Thomas Richter

The home has been modified with a curved wall and console from West Elm.
Photo: Thomas Richter

Tess Soltau in her living room.
Photo: Thomas Richter

The view from the Empire Hotel.
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