A couple of years ago I shared my sister’s apartment. At the time she had moved in with her then boyfriend, now husband. They moved from a studio to a one bedroom and I never shared the reveal of the one bedroom! They just moved again to a two bedroom, which we are currently working on so, it felt crucial to share what we did in the one bedroom before sharing pictures of the two bedroom. I think it’s interesting to see what we kept from the original studio and how we reworked it in the new space.
Upon entering the new apartment they have a long walk way where we added hooks for coats/bag, a mirror to check yourself out before you walk out the door and a little seating nook to put your shoes on our off. A mini mudroom of sorts done in a stylish way.
We used a buffet/sideboard as housing piece for office supplies, important papers, etc. Just because it was a buffet/sideboard and meant to house dishes, glassware and flatware doesn’t mean you need to use it for that.
The best part of this area is how multi-purpose it is. It is not only used for storage and mini drop off area for the apartment, but the side chairs can easily be taken into the living room or dining room when you have extra guests. The sideboard top can easily get cleared off and used for appetizers or set up as a bar area when you have guest.
These chairs are no longer available, but here is a similar chair.
I topped the chairs with some stylish pillows made out of Designers Guild fabric and trimmed with pom poms!
This area opens up to the living room and I used the colors in the pillow fabric to inspire me in the accessories. I just love everything about this space. The striped rug, colorful pillows and artwork and the focal point bookcase full of treasures! I also love the sectional we were able to find. City living is tight and most sectionals are too oversized to fit in them. This sectional is petite and and has a reversible chaise which lets you move the chaise from the left to the right whenever you need to.
The bookcases were an easy DIY where we took plain jane Ikea bookcases and spraypainted them this happy shade of yellow. Then we filled them with objects from their lives and vintage treasures from thrifting.
Since the space was on the small side we used a single end table as a coffee table.
The dining area is at the end of the long walk way and kept things simple here, but did add a little bit of accessories to have it flow with the rest of the space.
I always love to pick up brass candlestick holders at thrift stores. They are normally $3 or less and when you group them together they make quite an impact.
Moving into the bedroom we kept the color, but just subdued it. Nothing bright and bold here. We went with eclectic and muted. They had loved the look in the studio and weren’t ready yet to part with it. So, we kept all of the artwork and even painted the room the same color.
We did add some new pieces to finish up the space like these stunning brass wall sconces:
We also dressed up the windows with custom made window panels in Thomas Paul fabric.
You know I have to throw an elephant or two into any design. Luckily my sister loves them as much as me.
Can’t wait for you to see the new apartment! We picked a pretty exciting paint color for their bedroom and I’m excited to see it all come together.
Amazing photography by CJ of Charles Juliet. She is a Southern who lives in NYC and is just one of the sweetest people I know. From the second I met her we instantly became friends. Not only does she shoot beautiful interiors, but her family photography is out of this world! She has this way of capturing NYC in all of it’s perfect dreaminess!