You would hardly suspect from the photographs below that this Manhattan apartment in New York City had once been dark and uninspiring. Contracted to transform the West village apartment into a bright and vibrant retreat, decorator dynamos Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke chose crisp white walls for a backdrop for the brave use of pattern and colour they chose for the home's furnishings and furniture. The pair also proved their capability to work from abroad by selecting, in a condensed three-week period on location, the majority of the pieces, including furniture, lighting, art, paint colours, and outdoor furniture. The installation and execution of the design was then fully managed remotely by the Arent&Pyke interior design practice headquarters in Sydney. The project is a finalist in the 2013 Sydney Design Awards, which will be announced next week on an awards night held October 16. It has also been shortlisted for the 2013 IDEA (Interior Design Excellence Awards) announced November 15 in Melbourne.