Christine's Romantically Offbeat Home Office

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Name: Christine King
Location: West Village, NYC
Size/Room: 525 Sq Ft
Years lived in: 3 years

Christine’s chic home office in West Village, New York embodies stylish organization and excellent use of space. In a city where space is limited especially in a studio apartment, Christine strategically uses her furniture to create special little areas separating the living room clearly from her work space, and her work space from her bed. With handpicked vintage prints, quality pieces of furniture (I’m in love with the TV stand with scalloped detail!) and fresh flowers – you’d be surprised at the amount of tech her place holds while still keeping a fantastically feminine space.

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AT Survey:

My/our style: Offbeat romantic but comfortable - only big cushy couches for me.

The inspiration for my home office/home theater: To hide as much mess and wires away as possible.

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Favorite element in your space: Using furniture to create a small separate office space in a studio apartment. My wall displaying framed objects/art from my travels.

Biggest challenge in designing my space: Finding places for all my stuff while keeping the space open and clean.

Area where there is room for improvement/future projects: I’m tackling the kitchen next.

Proudest DIY (do it yourself) project: I framed a lot of random finds myself and spray painted various flea market knick knacks.

Biggest indulgence with respect to my space: My most expensive purchases besides the couch and mattress are my mirrored furniture pieces. My most regular indulgence is fresh flowers.

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Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home: I use a black basket to hide power strips and twisty ties to clean up wires. In terms of web stuff I use cloud storage as much as possible so I can share files among my gadgets (work/personal computers, cell phone, iPod touch). I also jailbroke my Apple TV to take advantage of sharing media from my laptop to the TV.

Dream source for stuff: ABC Carpet & Home, Amazon, Apple Store and bazaars/flea markets.

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Home Tech Hardware:

  • Samsung flat screen LCD TV
  • AppleTV
  • Playstation3
  • Verizon Fios cable box/wifi
  • iPod Touch
  • Macbook Pro (15 in.)
  • Western Digital WD External Hardware drive
  • Droid 2 Global
  • Kindle
  • Canon XSi DSLR

    Appliances:
    Vitamix
    Nespresso espresso maker

    Furniture:
    Desk: IKEA ALVE Bureau Workstation Desk Cabinet in White
    Chair: Ghost Chair by Kartell
    TV Console: IKEA
    Mirrored coffee table: Merch A&G
    Sofa: Room & Board
    White shag rug: ABC Carpet & Home
    White console behind couch: Brocade Home

    Accessories:
    Art work: The majority came from travels (framed table setting from Santiago, framed flea market finds from Bologna, Prague, Montreal, Hanoi), some came from Etsy, the rest were painted by my boyfriend
    Mermaids: Tulum Mexico
    Frame around the mermaids: IKEA
    Other frames: consignment shops, pictureframes.com
    White curtains: IKEA
    Lace inner curtains: Brocade Home

    Lighting:
    White lamp w/Black Shade: Lamp is vintage, spray painted white. Shade is from Crate & Barrel
    Desk lamp: Room & Board

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