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My Style: —“opposites attract”: juxtaposing opposing design elements to create a personal narrative—muted tones with saturated jolts of color; modern rectilinear lines with pre-war architectural details, natural with man-made materials; pattern with solids, old with new furnishings and light fixtures. Inspiration: countless shelter magazine spreads and interiors books, favorites being World of Interiors magazine and London Interiors (book), apartmenttherapy.com, my friends’ apartments, the progressive, sustainable “downsizing movement.” Favorite Element: pre-war details like glass doorknobs, marble windowsills, heavy solid wood paneled and windowed doors, parquet floors. Biggest Challenge: You may notice that we don’t have a crib in our apartment. We use a bedrail on the bottom bunk to keep our baby girl safe when she naps, and we have been known to store a futon under the bed in the master bedroom, trundle style, and slide it out at night. We’re still working on a permanent sleeping solution that will work for all of us. Biggest Embarrassment: painting the living room eggshell diahrrea brown two paint-jobs ago. What Friends Say:: It’s so much more spacious than it used to be; you’re great with color; Now you’ll never have to move Best advice: For small spaces I recommend using Benjamin Moore’s Historical Color Collection, because they’re muted. With their Classic colors, I find I’m itching to repaint within a week, since the color takes over the space. I can zone out surrounded by a muted palette. Also, if your walls are textured, go with a flat finish. To create the illusion of space, conceal your things behind doors and curtains. Proudest DIY:Elise: designing spaceplanning solutions, especially hiding “media center” in a cabinet in the living room; making the kitchen mosaic for the price of a can of tile cement and grout. Bryan: building the curtained armoire, triangular desk, and nighttables in the bedroom. Biggest Indulgence the living room chair from Room & Board, upholstered in durable microfiber Dream source: ABC Carpet & Home. Resources: Kitchen Paint color: Benjamin Moore “potourri green” Table: craigslist.org Metal submarine chair: Sunset Park Chinatown metal scrap store Orange upholstered vintage office chair: Maine flea market Green paint-chipped chair: vintage boutique in East Village Brown chair: Bryan’s brother’s house Faucet: Lowe’s Mosaic tiles: Hastings Tile and Bath Cabinets, floor, appliances and countertop: Home Depot (installed by previous owners) Living Room Paint color: Benjamin Moore “van alen green” (HC-120) Rug: Pottery Barn Chair: Room & Board Nesting tables: interiorexpress.com Built-in cabinets: Slawomir Zlawadzki Tree pattern pillow shams: Ikea Black/grey oval pattern pillows: Refinery, Brooklyn Chandelier and wall sconce: The Lighting Store, 39th and Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn Glass bookcase: Bryan’s brother Black-framed mirror: Elise’s grandmother Blinds: Home Depot Bedroom Paint color: Benjamin Moore “Beacon Hill Damask” (HC-2) Glass/brass lamp: Maine antique store Marble lamp: Elise’s grandmother Lampshades: lampsusa.com Chandelier shades: Home Depot Chandelier: previous owners left it Bedspread: Urbanoutfitters.com Painting over bed: Laura Ricker Rug: Pottery Barn Desk: custom-built by Bryan with Ikea legs Painting over desk: Kathy Calderwood Cabinet over desk: Ikea Desk chair: Covered Bridge Antiques, Delaware Water Gap, NJ Blinds: Home Depot Bathroom Paint color: Benjamin Moore (HC-48) Shower curtain: urbanoutfitters.com Maxfield Parrish repro: Elise’s father Antique silver and glass vessels: Elise’s grandmother Painted wall shelf: antiques barn, Stroudsberg, PA Kids’ room Paint color: Benjamin Moore “Palladian Blue” (HC-144) Bunk bed and linens: Ikea Bookshelf: garbage room in our building Wall sconce: Covered Bridge Antiques, Delaware Water Gap, NJ Table and toy shelves: Custom-built by Bryan Chairs: Ikea Checkered Rug: interfaceflor.com Round rug: Ikea Blinds: Home Depot Hallway Paint color: Benjamin Moore “African violet” medicine cabinet: Lowe’s Round mirrors: salvaged
Originally Posted on March 28th, 2007