...Our tiny Victorian studio apartment encompasses a unique blend of the exotic with the quirky, resulting from extensive combing of flea markets, art shows, bazaars, relatives’ basements, and, quite literally, the curb on trash day. We chose an unusual, bold color for the walls, and accented it with rich contrasting crimsons, sumptuous fabrics, and elegant tropical plants. The massive, grand fireplace which retains its original hand-painted tiles from the late 19th century produces a distinctive focal point in the room, grounding the eclecticism of the surrounding colors and furniture.
To create depth in our postage-stamp-sized kitchen, we accentuated the verticality of the room with sweeping blue and white painted stripes, simple cabinetry, and a graceful chandelier.
Design Tip: Sometimes the most striking features of a room result from the seemingly most mundane resources manipulated with a creative twist – for example, the hanging window frames in our apartment were salvaged from the dumpster in front of an old Victorian mansion undergoing renovation. Instead of trash, we appreciated the frames for their unique simplicity and distressed imperfections, and chose to prominently display them in our home.