#43 - Melanie & Doug's Nest West

Name: Melanie & Doug
Location: Upper West Side, NYC
Size: 420 sq. ft. One bedroom, walk-up, rental

Favorite resource:

We developed a good relationship with Travis and Skip at The Good Eye in Washington, D.C.

What inspired you?

There are three items in the apartment that have helped shape our style. The church pew in the living room pokes fun at the concept of a formal sitting room (the kind our parents never used) and it set the tone for all the remaining wood furniture.

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...The industrial produce scale helped develop our retro kitchen theme and color palette, and allowed us to use pieces inherited from our grandmothers. The rosewood vanity in the bedroom inspired a bit of vintage glamour.

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Design Tip:

Over time we have learned the difference between matching and coordinating wood furniture. Don¹t worry about all the woods being the exact same type and color. It¹s more fun to collect pieces that harmonize and create a little visual tension.

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