July 15, 2013

{INTERIORS} From House to Home

I've been in the process of turning my home into my dream space ever since I moved into my Brooklyn abode nearly 5 years ago. It's actually astounding that so much time has passed since I first started settling into these walls, but as it is, I've grown and changed as the space between my floor and ceilings have, too. Countless visitors, a new puppy, a middle-aged cat, the love of my life, and a colony of clothing have all walked through my doors - and with each new addition things get a little more cozy.

I've been on the never ending quest to make our home more and more personalized, reflective of the little family living here, and - as is consistent with all New York City apartments - efficient. By local standards, we've been blessed with a "large" space - tallying in at about 925 square feet, but that space goes fast when you combine the closets of two girls, a cat, and a pug puppy, (obviously, the latter two have overwhelming wardrobes to deal with). This summer, I made it my goal to give these walls a proper refresh... Continue!


It all started with a major closet purge. I mean bags upon bags upon bags of clothing that ended up on the racks of Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads and Beacon's Closet and donation bins and the 2nd annual Shop & Swap. Then came the task of actually turning the closet space I do have (a serious, serious NYC commodity) into a space that worked well. The default closet I moved in with had one long straight-across rack with one straight-across shelf above it. Spacious, yes - but far from maximizing on it's storage potential.

Not wanting to break the bank (I rather spend my cash on shoes, obviously) - I looked online for a system that I could install myself. I found one on Amazon for $60, and spent an entire Sunday (along with the purchase of a tube cutter and Ali's help, naturally), installing it into my closet - and it was well worth the time and energy. Now, I have a space dedicated to dresses, to shirts and jackets, and to skirts and pants - with ample shelving for handbags and shoes.




Next, and perhaps the biggest obstacle to redecorating, was finding a couch that was the right style, right proportions, and right price. I've always dreamed of having a seafoam green sofa, and have swooned over many-a-Jonathan-Adler piece only to be heartbroken by the steep price tag. I do think a couch is something worth investing in, but at the same time, with two pets, things can be a little unpredictable - so for now, I opted for a more budget-friendly, but still-stylish piece. When a couch I had been lusting over hit an all-time-low price on sale this summer, I took the plunge and ordered two - completely re-imagining the layout and configuration of my living room. It was a major lightbulb!

The L-shaped couch I used to have was now replaced by two colorful, comfortable, and utterly chic pieces - one that sits perfectly against the exposed brick, and the other, centered along a large living room window. It also hit me that I could anchor the windows with two, tall matching bookshelves - that both look elegant (symmetry, yay!) and maximize on vertical height and storage. The moment I realized I could "build up" within my apartment was a major win. I also repurposed existing end tables, one of which is a favorite - a tree-trunk-and-branches inspired piece from West Elm, and covered it with many coats of gold spray paint. I did a similar treatment with a simple, plain coffee table from Ikea! 





Because I work from home so often, the dining table is also my makeshift "office" - with artwork by Leigh Viner hanging overhead. A friendly back-and-forth (thank goodness for Etsy conversations!) and she was able to make custom, oversized prints of some of my favorites - perfect for the tall ceilings in our apartment. The frames were another easy buy from Amazon. (The rug on the table was a very temporary thing, as you can see if you keep scrolling down...)
Prints by Leigh Viner, Flamingo glass via Ikea, Blue Mason Jar via BrooklynFlea

Bookshelf Art, from Left to Right: PriticApp Photo Collage, Chalkboard Globe from CatBird, Handmade piece by Miss B, A Girl A Style, Keep Calm and Carry On Poster, Custom Family Portrait by Betsey P, Miu Miu Girls Print by KrisAtomic.


Photos by Lydia Hudgens


There are parts of our home that are still a work in progress - with many projects yet to be completed. The "gallery wall" doesn't feel done, and the walls behind them could use a few coats of paint or some bright wallpaper. I'm forever looking for the best rug for our long entry hallway, and storage solutions continue to be a challenge. But, every day, with every touch, I fall more and more in love with our home. 

{SHOP THE OUTFIT}


{SHOP THE APARTMENT}









46 comments:

  1. wow what a great apartment. I love the sofa and that space with all of the books and everything. Love it, I can't wait to get into my own space and decorate.

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  2. such a beautiful space. thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a beautiful apt!

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  4. You have a beautiful apartment! I'm a bit picky about homes looking over-styled but yours is just perfection with the right balance of style, personality and cosiness. Love that couch!

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  5. Looks gorgeous! Adore the bookshelf I've always dreamt of something similar!

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  6. Alicia Palma-EspinozaJuly 15, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I love what you've done with it. I live in Miami in a similarly sized apartment and have spent the last few years trying to maximize my space. Ikea is definitely a lifesaver. I had the same eureka moment with the "building up" situation. Gotta re-asses my "office" area, so I'm definitely inspired by your dining table idea. That just may be what I need to do - my husband is a web designer and I'm an event planner and blogger so we both work from home. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. Oh Nicolette, your place is looking SO, so beautiful and homely and feminine and personal and gorgeous (I could go on). You've literally created a dream space!
    Briony xx

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  8. You apartment is only about 100 sq ft smaller than the house I live in with Ed, 4 cats, and 1 dog. *grin* So I am definitely taking inspiration from you -- I actually spent a large part of the weekend working on our living room (when I wasn't trawling through Orlando's furniture stores in search of a small white leather couch). Now to get my closets in order...

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  9. Lovelyinla.tumblr.comJuly 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I love it! Thanks for the decor inspiration!

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  10. Such a beautiful home, the stuff of dreams xxx

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  11. What a gorgeous apartment so far! I am also sad that I'm on the opposite coast when you did your closet purge... I probably would have bought half of your fabulous cast-offs!

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  12. Gorgeous!! Love the coffee table and hide rug. Great style girl xo

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  13. Wow, Nicolette! This is fantastic. Such a fan of yours. You inspire me so!

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  14. your home has a lot of art deco pieces and i love it! the color of the couch is the most beautiful interior color to me! so perfect for every season and it will stand the test of time, so fabulous choice! and OMG you have so many books, i do not even have a book shelf in my home! love the brick wall, it can feel so 90's; but not in your home! i get it that your home is still a work in progress, i live 7 years in my house and the interior still isn't finished and i am already changing things. Oh and BTW your outfit, that is like the most perfect skirt ever, perfect combo with the sweater! stunning as always

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  15. Your apartment brings in so much light! Jealous :-)

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  16. Love what you 've done to your space. Now I am upset I won't be seeing it next weekend :( You look great yourself. Love the longer/ softer hair for you. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. So pretty ! Love it. Best so far.

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  18. Your home is one of my favorite places I have ever been. Only went there once, but it's the perfect apartment and now it looks even better!

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  19. you have an awesome place

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  20. I've always loved your apartment. I have that blue couch, but in the wee loveseat version! I love love love it. You style it much better than I do mine ;)

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  21. Michi - DelphinaLuxeJuly 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Your living room is amazing. Such an incredible eye for home decor !

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  22. Dina Paola RodriguezJuly 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I am slightly already obsessed with decorating blogs,so obviously i love.love.love this post...P.S. your bike is adorable

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  23. I love it! It's beautiful :) you've inspired me!

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  24. Great job, Nicolette! We might be in NY in Sept., not sure. Would love to see you.
    Steve / Ron

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  25. Great space! Love seeing it.

    PS are those Jenny Komenda's silver leaf/blue grey wardrobes next to your closet? They look like ones she had. If so, lucky you. If not, still lucky you as they're beautiful.

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  26. So funny. I actually purchased the silver leafed wardrobes on Craigslist and mostly interacted with her husband, but yes - after seeing your comment I looked up her blog (can't believe I've never seen it before!) and they were, indeed, from her home :) We're going to be painting them high gloss white. They're really great pieces.

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  27. Thank you so much!!! I think this is the start of lots of home posts :)

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  28. I can't wait for you to visit!! My bedroom definitely needs some help (and perhaps a bit of Briony guidance...!)

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  29. I now *only* want to spend time in our living room!! My hallway closets are in DESPERATE need of some tender loving care, but it's going to be a huge time commitment that I'm procrastinating on big time... But oh, the storage space that I'll have when I finally give in and just do it!

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  30. And I can't wait to visit! And did I ever tell you how much I love organising things (especially bedrooms and wardrobes, and especially when it's not my own stuff that I'm attached to), so I would be delighted to help!


    B xx

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  31. If you are please let me know!! I'd love to see you on this coast :)

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  32. Thank you Reese!! Can't wait to see your space :)

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  33. Thank you!! I'm a big fan of Bowery Bikes. I almost want to get a second one.

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  34. Thank youuuuuu!! What a compliment!

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  35. I'd love to see how you've styled yours!!

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  36. Thanks so muuuuuuch! My bedroom honestly needs work, but I'll get there sooner than later!!!

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  37. I guess you have to pick another time to come visit me :)

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  38. Want to know a secret? The light is exclusive to my living room! haha

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  39. I am so in love with your home. I wish I could have an exact replica! The couches and all the books are my favorite parts. I can't wait to get home and reorganize all my art and trinkets on my shelves.

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  40. Gorgeous photos :) And your home looks absolutely lovely. I love all the pretty little details you've added.


    Carin

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  41. Nicolette,
    I must ask you, where did you get that adorable Eiffel Tower dish under your coffee table?

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  42. hey! it is really, really old (like, from my freshman year of college?) but I got it from Urban Outfitters!

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  43. Natalie Shelton LafreniereNovember 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    So chic! Love the apt! fabulous!

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