The South and Eastern light, the pin-drop, hear-the-birds-chirp quiet, the original details of the apartment - parquet floors, wood-tripped windows, exposed brick walls. The way the light reflects on the quartzite counter-top showing the crystals, the fun I had with vinyl stickers of the galaxy in the bedroom, and the Paris skyline in the kitchen. The DIY six foot mobile light fixture in the living room, a nod to my obsession with Calder and mobiles that are peppered throughout the apartment. The art and photos that showcase my travel across the world. The primary color palette of indigo blue, mustard yellow, and red. It comes to the fact that every detail of this tiny apartment - through renovation or furnishings - reflects me.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Have fun! When I told people my kitchen was going to include mustard yellow kitchen cabinets, very few people endorsed the choice on paper, but they all now agree it looks great in the space. I love astronomy and mobiles, so my bedroom wall decal means I can fall asleep looking at the galaxy while I have at least 4 mobiles!
2. Do not compromise - apart from the bathroom that I hope to renovate soon, I designed every detail. That meant trekking 1.5 hours deep into New Jersey to find the perfect quartzite at a third of the price quoted elsewhere, or waiting 5 months for my couch to arrive from France via Italy.
3. To save money, be patient and thorough - my couch and dining table took 5 months to arrive because I ordered them from Italy rather than the US, saving thousands. Do not discount Ikea - I could have spent hundreds on an additional wardrobe in the bedroom but spent 2 x $5 on these beautiful white wall hanging rails instead.