Home transformation by our New York Design team

“The standards are high, so it’s often like staying on the set of a World of Interiors shoot.” Condé Nast Traveller’s review of onefinestay felt well-earned, not least because we put so much time and effort into seeking out the finest homes for our guests to experience – nine out of ten homes we visit don’t make the cut. Which means we’ve learned exactly what our guests look for—and what’s likely to turn them off. In New York, we’ve recently launched a design service that uses this expertise to transform homes which might otherwise sit empty. And the results are remarkable.

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Mei Lin’s team works on a case-by-case basis to unlock the potential of New York homes that have joined onefinestay. Managing each project from start to finish, the team takes care of everything – creating a design that makes the most of the space, sourcing trusted craftspeople, and taking care of the heavy lifting—literally, as well as figuratively. They see how a certain window could be a writing desk lookout, or how a marble-topped table might pick out an original fireplace. The aim is to add value as a more inviting, enjoyable space and (of course) create a better prospect as a vacation rental.

One garden-level apartment, West 88th Street, was languishing on the rental market for over 270 days. Here’s how it was staged before our Design team took it from overlooked to overachieving in an efficient three-and-a-half week revamp.

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Before. The home, as it was staged for potential renters. It had been empty for over 270 days.

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A blank canvas. The home, before work began.

 The interior design needed to make the most of the home’s high ceilings and generous windows. Walls were painted to highlight the cornicing and wooden floors. Original features would stand out against neutral tones and hand-picked contemporary furnishing, while thoughtful accents and custom lighting create a unique, memorable space that’s beautiful to look at—and a joy to be in.

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After joining onefinestay, West 88th Street received its first bookings within a few days, putting the owner on track to earn 13% more than his original month-on-month ambition. Not just a pretty place.

We know it is a huge endeavour to transform a home. Our design service is about providing investment, time and know-how, with minimal disruption to the homeowner. Instead of work being drawn out around a busy schedule, our team can complete transformations in a very short time-span – and we make the calls, answer the door to the plumber, and recycle all the packaging. The sooner we’re complete, the sooner we can start taking the bookings that will be the basis of our partnership.

To find out more about our design service, contact us on +1 212-729-1985 or at

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