Thursday, October 16, 2014

Carve out a Workspace

An office is often clustered into some corner, rolling file cabinet, a hidden closet, or even shared with the dining room table! But I urge clients to look outside the box. Many people don't think they have the room, or the excess space to devote to a designated bill-paying area. But there is! There always is!
So many of us aren't lucky enough to have a separate office at home right now. Many of us, (including myself!), live in apartments that don't allot for that kind of room. And that's where our creativity comes into play!
I truly believe that having that space inevitably gives you organization in your life. Knowing where important documents are, including: bills, taxes, medical forms, etc. give you all the more functionality in your life. I promise! Given that I myself don't have a designated office, I have shifted where my desk sits in my apartment over the past several months. From a sudo-console table with a bench, to a formal desk facing the window, to now, a vanity inspired desk in my bedroom, you have to find what works best for your space. 
The inspiration images below dictate that there are a multitude of options available for what works as a desk. And accents make all the difference! 

acting as a console table, its desk functionality doesn't stick out! So chic.

book, books and more books!

surround yourself with art and storage

a multitude of seating with a desk in between bookcases is stunning

asymmetrical desk flanking a daybed and bookcases. perfect inspo for a studio!

Photo cred: Elle Decor, Pinterest

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Warm Bedroom Accents

As the leaves start turning, I like to swap out the light and airy linen and brighter colors in my bedroom for warm and cozy accents that remind me of fall. Now I know it's not always possible to get that brilliant canopy bed, or four-poster mirrored frame, or custom tufted headboard we have been dreaming about since we moved in! BUT, there's hope! Warm accents like throws and pillows can make your bedroom scream luxe. And you don't need space to do that! Faux-Fur throws, knitted throw pillows, and plush bedding are all you need! See below for warm bedroom accents that are easier than ever to transition into your own spaces!

luxe faux fur throw, plush carpets and leopard accents

all black accent wall and faux fur throws create coziness instantly

wood accents against an all-white background is breathtaking

moody blue and faux fur accents, yes!

plush bedding like this down comforter make you want to jump right in!

Share some of your own tips below!! 
Photo cred: Domaine Home, Elle Decor, Pinterest

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cozy Dining

Dining rooms in a city, or anywhere for that matter, are not easy to come by. And if you have one in Manhattan, you've struck gold! The problem with these usual "dining areas" is that they are much more of an area than a room. They could even more of a nook per-se. And for us, there's nothing better! Small space dining solutions in a nook or a corner of your living space is not as difficult as it seems. Often it takes oversized art or oversized furniture (or both!) to make the area feel larger. Because small space doesn't mean small furniture!! Play around with size, textures, and colors. And don't forget to look up! The result is astonishing!

banquette, round pedestal table, lucite chairs


a corner of a living room during dining

custom banquette to fit that awkward space.. window seat!

Manhattan banquette.. small and functional

look up!! art from floor to ceiling! corner brilliance

oversized art, oversized chandelier, thousands of books, oh my!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Orange moment

I'm having a serious orange moment lately. I'm not sure if it's the glooming winter or the happiness that envelops my mind on Madison Avenue at the sight of Hermés. What I do know, that even among my traditional neutral color palette of white, grey, tan, and black, orange is the stand-out color of the moment. See below for accented orange I can't get enough of!

Oh my Gold

desk envy among spots and lucite

room-making statement piece

chevron throw pillows against white-out

all out color

throw in some cowhide

And finally…

stacked Hermés

Small Space Style

One of my favorite things about living in New York City are the endless possibilities that await you. Some fear, however, that these possibilities do not extend to the short-sized square footage of Manhattan apartments. That, my friend, is just not true.
Over the years, I have discovered my interior style has adjusted quite well from a 1-bedroom to a studio back to a 1-bedroom and beyond. I didn't need space. I needed a vision. I scoured books, magazines and websites to take my vision to reality. And all on a budget of course!
What I couldn't necessarily afford at the UES haven Treillage, I found in a thrift shop a mere 10 blocks away, or in one of my favorite stores: Home Goods! It definitely wasn't an identical match to what I had envisioned, but with a little tweaking, it was perfect for me. And not for nothing, I managed to make even a 200 sqft apartment look like a million bucks.
All in all, I hope what has inspired me will inspire you. And this isn't an easy feat! So don't be discouraged by size, price, or colors! This is your space; love it! xN

my constantly evolving living room