Kris Wartelle , email@example.com 10:17 a.m. CDT June 28, 2016
When Monique Breaux sets out to do something, she does it big.
The local designer and owner of POSH Exclusive interiors is well-known for her custom design and decorating work, having transformed countless high-end homes and businesses in Lafayette, New Orleans, Houston, Florida and locations across the country. She also has been featured several times on HGTV's popular television show "House Hunters."
So, it was only fitting that when she set her sights on New York, she would take Manhattan by storm.
In fact, Breaux’s latest masterpiece caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal and Architectural Digest.
Her famous client might have had something to do with that.
Breaux decorated and staged a multi-million dollar apartment for the Trump organization, listed by Trump Realty. The companies, owned by Donald Trump, were selling the property located in Trump Park Avenue.
“They call whenever they need something done for a client who may be purchasing an apartment or penthouse in one of Trump’s many residential businesses in Manhattan," Breaux said. "He (Donald Trump) is the owner of the apartment, but I work under direction of Ivanka (Trump). That part of the business is handled by her."
(Photo: Andrew Malary, Metropolitan Magazine)
Breaux said she has been working for the Trump organization, which includes Trump International Realty, for about four years. She has even decorated the apartment of Trump's daughter, Tiffany. But it is her latest work on Penthouse 27, located in Trump's Park Avenue building, that has gotten her the most attention - thanks in part to Trump's explosion on the national political scene.
Breaux turned the space into a dreamy landscape that would appeal to buyers. Two weeks later, the four-bedroom, 4,200-square-foot residence sold for just over $14 million.
"I was pleasantly surprised," Breaux said. "It presented itself beautifully. And the building is phenomenal."
You might be wondering what a $14 million Park Avenue apartment in New York looks like .
Breaux said this space was all about the view.
“We kept it a cleansed palate of whites and creams and we used texture to our benefit," She explained "I wanted something soft yet sophisticated and something that your eye would gaze over, so it wouldn’t take away from the view. It is right on Park Avenue and looks over the city. I balanced the light palate with the dark floor to get the feel I needed. It gave it elegance, and there was a warmth and feel to the space that was very welcoming.”
Breaux began working for the Trump organization after she met Michelle E. Griffith, listing agent for Trump International Realty. She said the two discussed working together and not too long after that, she found herself redoing an office at Trump World Tower.
"The first project I did was their sales office," Breaux recalled. "We totally re-did it for them. And I think we did it efficiently and effectively and on time."
Breaux said her specialty is doing custom design and decorating jobs for clients that include everything from start to finish, even stocking pantries and filling closets. In fact, she can be seen briefly on another edition of "House Hunters" on Monday for her assistance on a project in Lafayette. That show will feature a couple who totally gutted and renovated their River Ranch home. She will also be featured in the latest HGTV series, "House Hunters: Where Are They Now?"
While her most recent project for the Trump apartment was a departure from all that, Breaux said it was no less challenging given the client and the circumstances.
"With staging, you have to imagine who your market is and what they are like, what they want to see," she explained. "And, in Trump Park Avenue, that could be anyone from any part of the world, any part of the globe. It has to be pleasing to almost everyone. And this is Manhattan. You can't just pull up a truck and park right in front of the building. We are controlled by elevator size, or door sizes. We have to take all of that into account and plan for it.”
Breaux said her next project willbe to stage an 8,000-square-foot apartment that will be on the market for $35 million.
The question is, will her job get even more hectic now that Trump is running for president of the United States?
"What I've done for them is always on a time line," she said. "Nothing has changed in that way. It's business as usual. But I’m delighted (that he is running) in all honesty. It’s a fantastic organization. I feel like Mr. Trump is a man of his word. They have been wonderful to work with."