eDesign: New York Oasis (2 of 3)

A little while back I posted about J’s NY home. I helped the family settle into their new home with an eDesign for the living/dining space. Next J wanted to move on to her Daughter’s room.

When the family moved into the unit, they separated a portion of the large living space to create a room for their daughter. The resulting room has a beautiful window and a decent footprint. Storage solutions, as for all little darlings rooms, were needed. With a single shared living space in the home O definitely needed some seating and a desk area so that she could maximize the use of her own space. A daybed with storage underneath would work well here for lounging, and with no closet, a tall cabinet that they had just purchased would contain O’s wardrobe. We needed a chair to provide a place to relax in, a desk with storage, and a place for a keyboard!


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J had originally planned to place O’s bed along the right wall. Here are two possible layouts for the furniture with he bad along the right wall, and the headboard facing that wall. The door is located in the bottom left corner, just didn’t add it to the floor plan for some reason, lol!

The problem with the first is that by placing the bed, the largest item of furniture in the room, along the right wall we have wasted floor space in the back corner and in front of the bed.


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In the second layout, we have really limited our movement as soon as we enter the room.

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I suggested placing a daybed, with storage underneath, along the back wall with the tall wardrobe placed alongside. With our largest pieces of furniture tucked into the corner, we could then place O’s desk and keyboard side-by-side, so that the desk chair can be rolled over to the appropriate place. The chair placement could still be in front of the window, the perfect sunny spot for reading or daydreaming… this layout wastes no floor space, and feels fairly open. Both O and J loved this option, and now we could move onto the decorating phase.


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O wasn’t sure what she wanted, and her Mum had seen a harlequin wallpaper that she liked, so I put together a two colorways for them to consider. A hit of black, in the form of the chair, would balance out the black keyboard and prevent the candy-colored hues from feeling too “little girl”.


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After some discussion, O decided that she did not care for the harlequin wallpaper, and would prefer something with a little more whimsy. These boards show how versatile the furnishings really are…


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O really liked the graphic polka dotted rug and bright color featured in the first design board, and so we went ahead with that. The vibrancy of this palette is based on textiles and art, with the rug in black and white, with such high-contrast, there is no need for additional wall pattern here. This option allows her to change her decor in a year or two, as she grows and her tastes change, and the large furnishings/rug will still work.

This is the final design board…. O requested a giant black beanbag chair, and she had a blast choosing art pieces for a grouping over her bed. Pastel shades abound, and she can mix in new accessories as she pleases, perfect for a pre-teen room.


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Happy to say O is living large in her new digs! If you missed the living/dining post, you can find it here. Next time we will cover the master bedroom – it’s a good one 🙂

Have a great week! am



eDesign: Modern in Rio

Recently I was contacted by a fantastic man, whom we will call V. V is beginning a new chapter in his life, and is building a new home to live in. He will be the sole occupant the majority of the time, with occasional visits from his children. He wanted to keep the interior modern, sleek and minimal, but still incorporate warm.

The architecture of this home is fantastic, and we wanted to let the surfaces be the stars here. In a smaller home, using upgraded building materials can actually be more cost effective – there is very little ornamentation required when everything is already beautiful!

V was drawn to the contrast of concrete and warm wood, and loved the idea of punctuating that combination with black-toned and raw steel metals. He was particularly concerned with what color to choose for his walls. Although he loved dark greys, V wanted to ensure there would be enough light in the space.

Here is a floorpan of V’s fabulous new home:


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This is an interesting layout from a design standpoint. The home itself is rectangular, with the cooking, dining and living spaces wrapped around the bedroom space.  In effect, it is a cube within a cube.

This offers us a way to incorporate the dark grey walls effectively. By placing the dark grey onto the interior and exterior of the bedroom wall only, and pairing it with a complementary grey-white on the remaining walls, we do several things. One, we enhance the architecture, emphasizing the well-thought out design. We delineate the public and private areas of the home effectively. We keep the lighter, outer walls in the areas that will be used primarily during the day, and the darker walls on the areas used most in the evening. We are able to bounce light through the living room and into the entry and dining area, where there will be little direct daylight. The electronics will be placed onto the darker wall separating the living space and bedroom, which will allow them to work in seamlessly, rather than contrast sharply against a pale wall.


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V loved this plan! He wanted to move forward, and also requested an accent color which would pair well with the floor tiles (already chosen) and “Frejo” wood, which would be used for shelving, cabinetry, etc through the space.

I put together this color board for Ivan, using Sherwin Williams selections, as it was readily available to him:


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The Freja wood, used for cabinetry, shelving, etc ranges in tone from almost blond to quite dark, often with orange undertones.

You can see the floor tile, while grey, skews quite warm.

Dovetail, SW 7018, Is the perfect warm grey to pair with the flooring/wood selection. We would wrap it around the outside of the bedroom “cube” and along the interior walls of the bedroom as well.

Snowbound, SW 7004, is the most beautiful pale grey-white. It’s modern and timeless. This would be used on the remaining walls and trim.

Robust Orange, SW 6628 would be absolutely stunning on the entrance door.


This was a color consultation, and so V and I did discuss furniture direction, just not specifics. Cognac leather would work very well here, perhaps in a lounge chair, as would the classic black men’s sofa that V preferred – on point, V!

It was a pleasure working with V. He knew what he wanted, was true to his own design loves, and will have a phenomenal home to begin his next chapter in. Recently received an eDesign rare treat – progress photos of V’s home during construction – Snowbound looking gorgeous on the walls – Thank you V!!






Increasingly I find myself working with male clients who have incredible design instincts, and am loving it. Hope you enjoyed! The posts have been rather sparse lately, but the sun is finally shining here, and must take advantage when possible, yes?

Cheers! am



eDesign: New York Oasis

I promised to share more of my online consultations with you, and here is one from a favourite client.


Last year J contacted me. Her husband, daughter and herself were relocating into a different unit in her NYC building. She was looking to purchase some new furnishings, and wanted to ensure that they all contributed to the calm oasis she was looking for. Living and working in such a dynamic city is incredible, but quite often my city clients have the same request – to create a retreat within their own space.


We were starting with the living/dining room. With a smaller scale space, and limited windows, J wanted to retain a light and airy atmosphere here. The living/dining would serve as the families only living space aside from bedrooms. They are casual entertainers, and so most gatherings would consist of smaller groups and relaxed activities. The bulk of the time it would be the three of them, dining and relaxing. The family requested an extra large sofa where they could all stretch out, which meant we would have to be careful it did not overwhelm the space.


First off, J mentioned she had fallen in love with the Boerum Table (no longer available in this finish) from West Elm, which she wanted to pair with her existing Tobias Chairs. The couple had been looking at modern sofas, very large in scale, and preferred that style. The apartment has lovely parquet floors which contained several lighter and darker wood tones, and J wanted “non-yellow” white walls. These were our fixed elements….


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A palette of cool whites and greys would open up the space. Blond and medium toned woods pieces pull in the floor colors and keep the space cohesive. Small hits of black for punctuation and warm metals and color in art and accessories would hit all of the right notes here. With it’s cool undertones BM Decorators White on the walls is a perfect foil for the warm orange and red undertones in the wood floor.


Placing the dining table against the wall allows for easy movement through the dining area, and the lack of overhead lighting could be addressed – a wall mounted option would now be possible. If we used a swing-arm lamp, the table could be moved out for occasional larger gatherings and the lamps simply positioned closer to the walls to allow for easy movement around the table.


A pale gray sofa would stand up to constant use by a family, and still play into our airy environment. By keeping the lines low and choosing a piece with smaller arms we can maximize comfortable seating with the smallest scale possible. After exploring many, many options we settled on a piece from Wolf Home in NYC, upholstered in a pale grey weave.


Small copper tables offers a versatile piece – they can be moved as needed and used as seating when there is a large group of people.


A sculptural chair opposite the sofa offers a place to relax by the window without blocking the entrance to the next room. Visually and proportionally it is lightweight, but beautiful. This is a good quality, classic piece that will provide use for years to come.


The Shroom table is meant for outdoor use (concrete!),  but it’s soft lines allows for easy movement and the surface can hold up to everyday use without damage. No precious finishes here! By choosing a pale grey table on a white/cream rug we are minimizing contrast, which enlarges the space visually.


The Lattice Flokati rug from Anthropologie is the piece de resistance – so much lush, gorgeous texture! This softens all of our clean lines and defines our living space, while introducing a subtle diagonal pattern that pulls the eye across the largest swaths of the living area.


A narrow white wall-mounted cabinet will sit below the tv and provide storage without taking up valuable space
Lucite storage creates a home for some soft lighting, display for special pieces, an impromptu bar for parties, etc..


J had a requested a look into Jonathan Alder’s products, as she had a large credit to use there. The Antwerp floor lamp is perfect tucked into the corner beside the sofa.



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J and her husband loved the plan, and had some feedback. As they are planning to move to a larger space in the next few years, they wanted a larger sofa that would work in their next home as well.  Could we go larger? What about when they had company? How would that larger sofa work for conversation? Also, they were now thinking that they would prefer an ottoman to a coffee table, but still wanted place for drinks, etc – could we have side tables?


A low ottoman layered under a custom acrylic table was a great option here. This way they could have comfort, but still had a place for drinks which would be accessible from the sofa. Side tables simply wouldn’t work with the larger sofa length in this space. The single chair specified is perfect for their families needs, but for occasions when they additional guests they could squeeze in another chair opposite the sofa as well. This wouldn’t be comfortable for everyday use, so the solution was simple. J and her husband were planning to move onto their bedroom and daughters room as their next projects, and need some new furnishings there as well. I suggested purchasing a matching chair for use in the master bedroom, which could easily be moved out to the living room for larger gatherings. Thinking ahead, the chairs can be placed together in their next home.


With acrylic dining chairs and an acrylic coffee table, the a white cabinet would work better as a small sideboard/credenza alongside the sofa. Too many pieces in the same finish create a contrived space. Why not mix it up a little?


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J and her husband loved the design and began ordering pieces. The only thing that didn’t work well was the gorgeous rug from Anthro – it had longs loops and J’s daughter continually caught her toes and tumbled over. I may have teared up a little, lol. Wanting to retain some of the organic feel and softness, we settled on two faux cowhide rugs from Gilt, layered side-by-side they provide the movement we needed.


In terms of art, a longer sofa needs to be grounded. This space was meant to be an oasis from the busy city streets, and so we needed quiet art that brought our grey tones and some soft color together. One of my favourite artists on Etsy is Sabrina Garrasi and her shop Madlen Design is full of to-die-for pieces. Seriously, check her out! A grouping of several of her works offers a subtle yet stunning gallery wall.



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Details often make the space, and this home is no exception. We had a large leaning floor mirror reframed in copper and hung on the wall opposite the window, added some pillows and a decadent throw (splurge piece!) on the sofa, incorporated the best pink glass table lights that give on a wonderful warm glow, and placed copper barware on the dining sideboard. These details really pulled the whole living and dining area together


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What do your think? Anything here spark any ideas for your own home?


I’m happy to say that J and her family are settled and enjoying their living/dining room… and from there we moved on to the bedrooms, which I will share next week! This post was meant to be a wee bit smaller :)) but it just grew and grew – hope you made it through, lol!


x am