Room for Improvement

January 15, 2011
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  The living room, cleared of most of James' existing furniture.
    The living room, cleared of most of James' existing furniture.
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  The Room & Board movers unveil the largest piece for the room—the L-shaped Clarke sectional sofa, in Ink.
    The Room & Board movers unveil the largest piece for the room—the L-shaped Clarke sectional sofa, in Ink.
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  The dimensions of the Clarke sofa, as well as the L-shape orientation, helps to create a substantial seating and conversation area. The piece is 98'' x 93''.
    The dimensions of the Clarke sofa, as well as the L-shape orientation, helps to create a substantial seating and conversation area. The piece is 98'' x 93''.
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  An artfully created display area is the cornerstone of any great room. The Room & Board visual specialists helped James in selecting elegant and restrained accessories to pair with his collection of books.
    An artfully created display area is the cornerstone of any great room. The Room & Board visual specialists helped James in selecting elegant and restrained accessories to pair with his collection of books.
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  A Hudson media cabinet, in solid walnut with slender stainless-steel legs, has a nice low profile and plenty of horizontal space to accommodate James' flat-screen television. Each Hudson cabinet is hand-signed and dated by the furniture maker that created it. It comes in a variety of woods, and the legs are customizable.
    A Hudson media cabinet, in solid walnut with slender stainless-steel legs, has a nice low profile and plenty of horizontal space to accommodate James' flat-screen television. Each Hudson cabinet is hand-signed and dated by the furniture maker that created it. It comes in a variety of woods, and the legs are customizable.
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  The large mirror was one of James' existing pieces, and the Room & Board team felt it melded perfectly with their overall concept for the updated space.
    The large mirror was one of James' existing pieces, and the Room & Board team felt it melded perfectly with their overall concept for the updated space.
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  As one can glimpse from this image, the team had a great time during the install.
    As one can glimpse from this image, the team had a great time during the install.
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  As the pieces started to appear from the back of the Room & Board moving truck, everyone's excitement started to build. Here we see a glimpse of the Louis chair.
    As the pieces started to appear from the back of the Room & Board moving truck, everyone's excitement started to build. Here we see a glimpse of the Louis chair.
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  The 6'7'' x 9'10'' Chain rug (in Heather) creates a visual anchor against the dark flooring inside the apartment.
    The 6'7'' x 9'10'' Chain rug (in Heather) creates a visual anchor against the dark flooring inside the apartment.
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  The Room & Board team framed several of James' black-and-white photographs in a series of Profile 11'' x 14'' Gunmetal frames.
    The Room & Board team framed several of James' black-and-white photographs in a series of Profile 11'' x 14'' Gunmetal frames.
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  The Louis chair, is a modern interpretation of a European club chair. Clad in a sophisticated pattern called Trend Salt, the piece is graceful yet substantial. Just next to it is a Classic end table, a hand-welded piece featuring a stainless-steel base and a round glass top.
    The Louis chair, is a modern interpretation of a European club chair. Clad in a sophisticated pattern called Trend Salt, the piece is graceful yet substantial. Just next to it is a Classic end table, a hand-welded piece featuring a stainless-steel base and a round glass top.
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  James, an avid photographer, has many images snapped during his world travels. The Room & Board team honed in on this part of his personality and aesthetic, and took great care to incorporate many of his shots in their overall room scheme.
    James, an avid photographer, has many images snapped during his world travels. The Room & Board team honed in on this part of his personality and aesthetic, and took great care to incorporate many of his shots in their overall room scheme.
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  Piles of pillows from Galbraith & Paul, including Mum in Citron and Hive in Ink, lend a punctuation of pattern to the room. The Portica Cocktail Table, which is 16'' high, sports an outdoor-grade stainless-steel body.
    Piles of pillows from Galbraith & Paul, including Mum in Citron and Hive in Ink, lend a punctuation of pattern to the room. The Portica Cocktail Table, which is 16'' high, sports an outdoor-grade stainless-steel body.
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  James Kish, in a moment of respite, relaxing on his new Clarke Collection sofa. The Tolomeo Mini Table Lamp, designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina for Artemide, is on the left.
    James Kish, in a moment of respite, relaxing on his new Clarke Collection sofa. The Tolomeo Mini Table Lamp, designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina for Artemide, is on the left.
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  A man, and a room, transformed. Once the books and accessories (including several vases by Eva Zeisel) were placed, James sat down for a more formal portrait.
    A man, and a room, transformed. Once the books and accessories (including several vases by Eva Zeisel) were placed, James sat down for a more formal portrait.
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