Cohabitation is always an interesting exercise in compromise, and with my husband and I, it has certainly been no exception. You see, I like stuff and he likes space, I like my colors bold, he likes them reserved...you get the picture. When we moved into this apartment in Greenwich, we had freed ourselves from our Upper East Side abode that we were sharing with a roommate. With a space to finally call our own, I had to reign in my urge to make it a mid-century masterpiece or a Hollywood regency palace, instead taking a much more democratic approach to the decorating process.
After choosing anchor pieces for the living room (the couch, the bookcase that we both adore, the coffee table) and the bedroom (the bureau), we chose paint colors that would highlight and compliment our decisions. We also opted to use the same pale pink and green in our bedroom to play up the versatility of our complimentary color scheme, with the accent wall in the living room green, and the one in our bedroom pink. From there, I began the difficult process of compartmentalizing and paring down my love of tchotkes, grouping them in very specific places, leaving plenty of breathing room for my husband.
The result of all of this compromise? A clean and comfortable space that hasn't sacrificed quirkiness or personality for austerity. From a drawing by Charles M. Schultz, to watercolors that I painted, to a photo album of a trip to Paris, family photos, iconic design pieces, and the occasional vintage ephemera, I feel like we've created a space that has transcended "the rental" and has really become something we can call our own.
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