How a design pro brought New Orleans grandeur to a tiny Manhattan apartment
IF YOU think you need a sprawling pile of ghost-swarming Greek Revival and English ivy to invoke New Orleans appeal, this New York studio offers a lavish rebuttal — in 240 square feet. “Being from Louisiana, I love antiques, traditional style and contemporary art,” said Keith Carroll, the interior designer who spends five months of the year here when not in his hometown of Wisner, Louisiana or Los Angeles. “I tried to bring this warm and inviting idea of the French Quarter here.”
In practice, the postage stamp-sized floor plan works because two areas have a triple function. In the main room, Mr. Carroll lives, sleeps and hosts dinner parties for four people, using his bed/sofa as a bench seat and folding out a table which he puts away behind a cupboard in which he stores clothes. Its kitchen counter functions as a food prep surface, a bar when entertaining, and a work desk. His paradoxical advice: “In a small space, go big. Larger rooms visually expand the space. Just be sure to complement them with leggy furniture, he added: “Everything except the bench seat and cabinet is lifted.” Here, how Mr. Carroll brought southern greatness to the West Village.