August 28, 2012

Apartment Therapy, Revisited

Working a fairly nontraditional career, I spend more time at home than the average working woman - though my hours probably far exceed average. I like to maintain my home as a place that continually inspires me - keeping some of my favorite treasures within view, whether I'm home working on my next piece for Marie Claire or shooting a video for HelloStyle or hosting a dinner party with some of my close friends. I've been in my current apartment for nearly three years - making Williamsburg, Brooklyn my home after 5 years of residency in the West Village, with short stints in the Financial District and East Village before that. I feel the most settled here, in my life thus far. I've carved out a space and  a slice of my neighborhood that feels good and comfortable - but not so comfortable that I feel stagnant. Life is constantly changing, my neighborhood is in flux, and so my home, too, reflects that constant change and evolution.

A combination of stress and inspiration last week (not-so-coincidentally just a couple dozen or so hours after receiving the Domino book), I decided to move around my furniture and create a new layout for my home -- first mapping it out by hand and sending my plans to my family; even 3,000+ miles away, they're always the first I consult before making any important decisions, (and in this case, which direction my couch faces was a very important decision). I'm trying to define the spaces in my living area more; dining, relaxation, work, and so on and so forth. Because I work from home a couple days out of the week, it can be really hard to keep the boundaries between "work" and "play" clearly defined, but setting up spaces that are devoted to different activities seems to be helping. So, the next stop? Getting a proper desk set up!

In addition to housing my "library" (it's a far cry from the floor-to-ceiling library with a sliding ladder that I envisioned as a child, but I'll get there someday), my bookcase is a bit of a treasure trove - filled with everything from my Miu Miu glitter heels to favorite sunglasses to Krisatomic prints to a teacup (from Miss B) filled with jewels to DL & Co skull candles which I absolutely never plan on lighting.

Subtle storage solutions are my bag; if for no other reason - because I'm always losing the little USB cords I rely on to sync my various cameras, phones, etc.  
Prints by Leigh Viner above my dining table. 

I love entertaining in my home, and I've learned that having a couple nice spirits on hand is a helpful way to greet people after a long day!
My glass dining table, from CB2, is one of my favorite buys in my home. The legs and support of the table are made with repurposed, aged steel - a great industrial nod to the bones of my apartment. The lacy placemats are from A&G Merch. As for the ghost chairs, I've been obsessed with the iconic Starck design for, literally, years. The book that started it all... Resting on the corner of my coffee table, just above the September issue of Marie Claire. My pink rug from fab.com, a super-score I got this summer, sits below!
Moth print by one of my BFF's, Devin McGrath. If you're looking for great affordable art, definitely click through.

Anchoring the ends of my couch - an assortment of pillows from Jonathan Adler (a Union Jack on one side and big heart on the other; an homage to my British heritage) and Z. Gallerie, and on the other end, a side table from West Elm - with framed photobooth strips and a burning Mrs. Meyer geranium candle. It's one of my favorite scents, and a little bit of aromatherapy does a lot to warm up a lofty space.
Beside my television, more books and little mementos! The jeweled skull is one of my all time favorite finds from Z. Gallerie. The Hello Kitty figurine was a collaboration with Tara McPherson from KidRobot.

Home office essentials: my trusty MacBook Pro & iPhone. The iPhone cover was a new score from Society6. Land line? Schmand line!
I grew up in Los Angeles, and from time to time, I get a little bit homesick and long for the beaches and mountains and sunshine. These prints, picked up from Going Underground on Etsy, are a good reminder of home.
No post on my home would be complete without a guest appearance from Lil Bit (aka Lily, Lilykins, chicken), considering she is the most permanent fixture of this place! The couch, from A&G Merch, is unofficially hers -- lest I, or anyone else visiting my home, think otherwise.

77 comments:

  1. Your apartment is gorgeous. I love the exposed brick and all your trinkets. Especially the jadeite mug! And your cat kind of looks like mine - black & white with long, thick white whiskers :)

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  2. Love the apartment, especially how there is a spot for everything, looks so cozy. I especially love your framed photostrips, i don't know why i never thought of that, must definitely try it.

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  3. LollyLikesFATshionAugust 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    love a home that looks lived in and not like a show house or out of a furniture catalogue! the skulls a great :)

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  4. Love all those details in your apartment, and books of course :)

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  5. I love your place! So much color and personality. It actually looks lived in and not a museum!

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  6. I can understand how you'd lose track of work and play in your apartment! Seems to be a perfect place for spinning around, basking in warmth and happiness. Adorable!

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  7. Those shelves are awesome! I'm looking forward to by Domino too! xx, Rita
    Style Lullaby

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  8. I always feel an urge to re-design or my reorganize my home like two times a year (before spring and fall)! no idea where it comes from, but i need it! sometimes i make small changes, but last time i have moved my coach too and my beau bought a new tv, perfect combo! have to check that iphone cover out, seen it on instagram and in love with it

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  9. All I can do is just release a dreamy sigh, Nicolette! You really have a magical space and seeing your brick walls and black furniture definitely brings inspiration home since our loft looks similar! Love the soft pink accents and edgy details everywhere! It's just so you. :)

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  10. I love your apartment! It looks like a very, very stylish oasis!


    -Lindsey
    http://ettu-tutu.blogspot.com

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  11. cheapchicinchicagoAugust 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I love that you are using mason jars for storage - genius idea!

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  12. Your house looks like amazing. I hope you show us more.
    Love from Spain.


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  13. Our libraries have so many parallels it's almost spooky, and then I remember we are both badass femmes. High five! Everything looks amazing, of course.

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  14. LOVE your apartment! Wish you would let us see more of it! I would love to see if from an updated "big picture" perspective and I'm sure all of us are curious as to how you fabulously decorated your bedroom!

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  15. This was too good, I loved this Nicolette. Besides the fact that I've always coveted your decor strategy, this was an even better glimpse. There's so much personality and personal mementos. It's fantastic.

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  16. I'm very inspired by your space! As a self confessed home bird, I love to surround myself with quirky finds from vintage store from coffee table books on fashion to wall art and granny cushions. There's nothing better as a style blogger than working in an environment where your own creativeness is your inspiration! love it!

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  17. Your apartment is so full of interesting conversation pieces. I just love everything!

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  18. These are some great shots - your home looks fun, inviting, and high personal.

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  19. Adeola Naomi AderemiAugust 28, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Beautiful!!!!!

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  20. Oh Nicolette, you apartment is truly a home, I love the art and the smallest details to make it yours.
    Stunning!

    Taylor
    http://vintagecurvette.wordpress.com

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  21. I did the same thing after I bought the book, I dragged my mum over to my place to help move the furniture around!

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  22. I stared at each photo for at least a couple minutes. I love the character and fun of your home, and how everywhere you look, you need to take a second look to see all the treasures within that space! You've inspired me to rethink my bookshelves as just a space for books and the like...

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  23. wow. I'm coming to live with you!
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  24. Pink Haired PrincessAugust 29, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    I love it, the mix of fun and formal and the different textures and colours, it's fabulous!

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  25. What a great space! I love how you're able to showcase so many things in an organized way that doesn't feel overly cluttered, and I especially like your use of the mirror.

    Bevin
    magnoliareverie.blogspot.com

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  26. Your blog is an absolute treasure!

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  27. Oh my god I am SO OBSESSED with your apartment! it looks like a dream! I can't even pick out one specific thing I like best because it is all so fabulous.


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  28. I am seriously in love with the idea for putting cables, along with other odds and ends that need to be kept at hand, in mason jars. I will certainly being doing that in my home office, and maybe some other areas throughout my house as well. I know I'll be getting in my grandmother's attic to find the really old blue ones she has!

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  29. And I would like to add, that as an Interior Architecture major, I have a large collection of interior design and inspiration books that are troublesome to look through. Each time I pull one of the shelf, I am compelled to either rearrange or completely redecorate my home! My boyfriend hates me if he sees me perusing one.

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  30. wow, your apartment is beautiful - so many lovely touches!

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  31. nicolette, i loved this little sneak peek into your home! your apartment is beautiful and i can only imagine how much happiness it brings to you :) love all the pink!

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  32. Ok major inspiration. Great idea with the cables and cords in a mason jar!

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  33. you have a really REALLY cool apartment!

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  34. I also want the floor-to-ceiling library with the sliding ladder so badly!! (I blame that Beauty and the Beast scene, haha, it's one of my dreams, I'm a book freak I know...
    I love your apartment and also your taste in books (I mean, No Logo side by side with the Bell Jar and The second sex, talk about great taste!)
    Xo!

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  35. You have great taste, Nicolette! Such an eclectic aesthetic without seeming...haphazard. Love it!

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  36. I love your apartment!! i'm a big fan of cluttering up mantlepieces with pretty things, & i love stacking books in all the unexpected places! gorgeous krisatomic print, plus i think i'm going to have to see if i can get hold of that pink landline/iphone cover :)


    Katie x

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  37. Very nicely done! Love everything. You have a keen eye for detail.

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  38. i wish, wish, wish to someday have a real mantlepiece above a fireplace to clutter up, as well!! especially after seeing how alicia at cheetah is the new black has decorated hers, (and the chalkboard paint, swoon).

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  39. thank you krystal! i think it all goes together pretty harmoniously :)

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  40. omg! i wonder if beauty and the beast is my library root?

    thank you! i was thinking today how i really am starting to judge people that have a bookcase full of coffee table books, but no real books...

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  41. ha, thank you!! i'm partial to mason jars... guess why.

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  42. thanks so much jordan!!! i've been loving the look at how your apartment has been coming together, too :) xx

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  43. ohhhh, do you have any that you'd particularly recommend?! maybe it's better that i avoid them, but i'm curious!

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  44. thank you! the mirror is absolutely one of my favorite pieces... plus it makes getting ready all the more better :)

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  45. ummm..... let me think about that :) haha

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  46. thank you so so much! i think living in NYC and lacking storage space has sort of forced me into thinking of bookshelves differently. they've become merchandising walls, for me!

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  47. hahah lucky you, you had a helper!!

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  48. thank you so much :) i have so much artwork i have yet to frame and mount on the walls... it's such a project!! xx

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  49. so when are you coming over?! HMMMM???

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  50. oh, somehow i'm not remotely surprised by this. high femme realness. xo

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  51. i'll do that as soon as i have a few days to clean and de-clutter....!

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  52. they're great! you can see what you're storing without it looking messy!

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  53. ohhh, i'd love to see what your space looks like!!!

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  54. oh man, i hope i haven't caught some kind of seasonal redecorating job!

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  55. the shelves are from ikea!! nothing special!

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  56. warmth -- except in the winter! turns out brick isn't the best insulator out there...

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  57. thank you so much! yeah, i truly live here! i look at places like donna karan's home and wonder where she lives?!

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  58. i wish i knew how to de-clutter enough to make it look more like a catalogue!!

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  59. awww! i love tuxedo cats :) they're always dressed up and ready to go!

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  60. Definitely looks like my type of place!

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