Name: Laura Schilling & Mallory Logan
Location: West Village — Manhattan, New York
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; Rented
As students, friends and roommates, Laura Schilling and Mallory Logan have used their natural sense of style to transform an otherwise standard rental apartment into a home. These childhood friends, who hail from the South (Louisiana specifically) were close growing up, so when they ran into each other as students in NYC and decided to become roommates, they knew they were lucky. So often when living with a roommate, design can take a back seat as disagreements ensue over the look and feel of the apartment. Not so with these friends.
A mix of Southern warmth and city charm is visible in the decor throughout the apartment. While each have their own unique stylistic personalities and differences, they really came together to make their space a home.
Living in a small space with few closets, books, purses, and accessories double as decor when not in use. They keep the space feeling personal and interesting with the addition of pieces that have history for them and bring back memories. With less attention to aesthetic, these types of items could veer towards the girly, but here the look reads more feminine and sophisticated with a dash of humor — much like the women who live there.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Mallory's style is mid century modern, whereas Laura's look is eclectic.
Inspiration: Our neighborhood. Also, we wanted the living space to have a traditional feel overall with a mix of our styles.
Favorite Element: The collage in the living room.
Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenge was trying to find everything a place
without it looking cluttered. In order for this small of a space to be functional you have to get creative and stay organized!
What Friends Say: Our friends love to come hang out at our house! They say it's
relaxing and feels "homey."
Biggest Embarrassment: The deer horns in our collage always fall on people's head. It's embarrassing for both parties!
Proudest DIY: 2 small pieces of art on the wall I (Laura) created.
Biggest Indulgence: Laura: I am obsessed with bedding, so my biggest indulgence would probably be my set of Sefera sheets. They were a great purchase, I value my sleep.
Best Advice: Spend money on classic furniture, and accessorize with trendy pieces. Also, invest in a quality sofa!
Dream Sources: I am studying interior design, so I have so many dream sources, but I would have to say my top three would be:
Wyeth in NYC - They have the most amazing 20th century furniture — you can see
some of their furniture on 1stdibs.
Rogers & McDaniel - Baton Rouge, LA - Beautiful, unique antique pieces and an
amazing staff. They also have pieces on 1stdibs.
John Rosselli Antiques, NYC - I go to school on the UES at NYSID — I always walk around the neighborhood looking at antiques, and this store is wonderful!
Resources of Note:
- • Art Fabric - Marimekko
• Antique Doctor Charts - Rogers and McDaniel
- • Sofa - Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
• Art - Tom Jones
• Boucot Antique Print - Rogers and McDaniel
• Butterfly Art - Ann Connelly Fine Art
• "Love Me Some Jesus" Print - Old Try
- • Dish Towels - Williams-Sonoma
- • Bookshelf - CB2
• Cow Print - Marimekko
- • Parsons Mirror Desk - West Elm
• Andy Warhol Poster - One Kings Lane
• Butterfly Print - Ann Connelly
• Louis Ghost Chair - Kartell
• "Emancipation" Print - Isoko Onodera
Thanks, Laura & Mallory!
(Images: Liana Walker)
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