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Back to the City: Create Your Turn-Key Apartment

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

This week in March marks exactly one year since New York City and much of the country completely shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants and gyms locked their doors, offices instructed employees to work from home indefinitely, and many sought secluded safety in second homes upstate and out east. With so much uncertainty, one thing was clear – our world had changed forever.

The New Normal

One year later, we are beginning to see glimpses of hope as the city and country slowly come back to life – back to “normal” or perhaps what we might consider “the new normal”. As businesses begin to reopen in Manhattan, I anticipate seeing an increased demand for studio and 1-bedroom pied-à-terre apartments. These compact living spaces are perfect for professionals returning to the city on a part-time basis who need a comfortable, self-contained home-away-from-home to crash one or two days a week, two to three times a month.

The Need for Simplicity

New renters and purchasers are all looking for one thing in common – simplicity! Imagine moving into a hotel-like space where all you really need to bring is an overnight bag. Sounds pretty seamless, right? That’s where Turn-Key Interiors come in handy: we do the hard work – all you have to do is “turn the key”.

Inspiration for this new service was born when I helped set up a temporary apartment for a young professional couple coming to New York for a five-month stay. I immediately saw the immense value in making the move-in process as easy as possible for clients returning to the city. Busy professionals have never worked harder and the last thing they need is to add “decorate and furnish new apartment” to their never-ending to-do list.

Our Upper West Side Turn-Key Interior

This recent Upper West Side project is the perfect example of our new Turn-Key Service in action. The job commenced when the couple referenced above reached out for a short-term rental for a temporary job relocation. We got their new home set up and ready for move-in with comprehensive turn-key services in under a month. We assisted them in selecting and organizing delivery of rental furniture and area rugs, equipping the kitchen and bathroom with high-quality essentials, and fully preparing the spaces with linens, lighting, and decorative elements to ensure their comfortable and enjoyable stay in the city.

Setting up a pied-à-terre in New York City? We understand the daily demands on the schedules of busy professionals. This package was designed to provide new renters and homeowners with a high level of service where they don't have to worry about the move-in process, decorating projects, or even stocking the kitchen and bathroom. Once the lease or purchase agreement is signed, we are at the ready to help you set up your new home away from home.

  • An in-depth interview to understand your specific goals and desired deliverables

  • Floor-plan based on measurements provided by you or your realtor

  • COVID-safe site visit(s)

  • Vision/concept board

  • Source, procure, schedule and oversee delivery of furnishings and area rugs

  • Source, procure and install all bed and bath linens

  • Equip kitchen and bathroom with all necessary items (food not included)

  • Style and accessorize as needed (pillows, throws, decorative accessories)

  • Integration of Feng Shui and/or Wellness Design elements if desired

We look forward to helping you make your upcoming move and design project as seamless as possible. Sign up this month to save 10%.



Julie and her team have a passion for creating beautiful, engaging and functional spaces, focusing on both the physical as well as the emotional well being of your environment. Click on the links below for package details:

FULL SERVICE E-DESIGN PACKAGE A design collaboration done between client and designer done entirely o​nline. Purchase the package below, submit photos of the space and existing furnishings you like to see incorporated in the design and a sketch of the space with measurements.

COLOR CONSULTATION PACKAGE Need some assistance in selecting paint finishes for your home? A design collaboration done between client and designer done entirely online. Purchase the package below, submit photos of the space and and fabrics.

FENG SHUI RESIDENTIAL PACKAGE Whether it is directing the flow of chi through the arrangement of furnishings, design or colors; Julie and her team can help you to create the spaces that support your vision of a balanced life, rich in the areas that matter to you.

HOME STAGING PACKAGE There is no second chance to make a good first impression. When the time comes to sell or rent your home, ease the transition and maximize return by helping your home look its very best.

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