A West Village Modern Makeover Full of Affordable Furniture Finds

Professional Project

Project by: Shannon Tate
Location: New York City

From designer Shannon: When I first started working with my client he wanted to toss almost everything he had and start fresh. He had never worked with a designer before and really wanted to take his new space to the next level. When we first spoke he told me about his very hectic travel schedule for work and I knew that I really wanted to create for him a space that felt like a breath of fresh air to come home to, as well as a true reflection of who he is. Find a mix of affordable buys, vintage finds and even some DIY inside.

He is very keyed into fashion and dresses in a way that is really tailored, sharp, sexy and current and I wanted his apartment to reflect that same taste. I also take all of my clients through a design questionnaire that helps me get a clearer picture of what they like and dislike, where they're going in life, what brings them joy...which is all key in my creative process. In the end the key words that really moved me through this were "mid century modern man cave." I wanted it to feel clean, modern, tailored, artsy, swank and manly and I think I really achieved that in the end.

When I first priced out everything, we were over budget, so I knew I needed to make some adjustments and keep my eyes peeled for vintage pieces and/or thrifty alternatives. I also decided to make him a tufted headboard myself, rather than buy one.

I decided to keep his existing bookshelves, rather than buy new, because they worked well with the style I had in mind. I think it's really important to know where to splurge and where to save. We splurged on the media console and had it custom made by Etsy shop owners, STORNewYork...and it's amazing! We also splurged on bed linens, Belgium Linen from Restoration Hardware, also on some custom welded steel table legs, also from Etsy.

I actually found his dresser at a vintage shop for $150 and made his headboard for about $200 and found the mid century slat bench for $250. I also found the Noguchi coffee table at a steal for only $370, which normally will retail around $600. Got our extra large mirror for the entry way for only $50!, also vintage.


  • Dining chairs are from Neuvo - Eames-style stools
  • Vintage mirror in dining area - Vintage Paul McCobb
  • Welded table legs - by Blue Ridge Metal Works, Etsy
  • Table Top - IKEA
  • Roman shades in dining - Allen & Roth
  • Light over dining - target
  • Sleeper sofa - Paige Sleeper from West Elm
  • Rug - West Elm
  • Moroccan Poufs - eBay
  • Coffee Table - Noguchi
  • Media Console - custom, from STORNewYork - Etsy
  • Entry bench - vintage
  • entry mirror -vintage
  • Entry coat hooks - home depot
  • Entry rug - IKEA
  • Bedroom cow hide - IKEA
  • Simple low bed frame, West Elm
  • End tables - West elm
  • Task lamps on end tables - IKEA
  • Headboard - custom made my Me!
  • Bed linens - Belgian Linen from Restoration Hardware
  • Dresser - vintage
  • curtains - IKEA
  • Large bedroom mirror - IKEA
  • Curtain rod - target
  • Standing lamps - he already owned
  • Leather swivel wingback and ottoman - he already owned
  • Praying monk statue - picked up in Western, MA
Thanks, Shannon Tate!

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(Image credits: Shannon Tate)