Recipe for Style: Chic Living Room by James Rixner

James Rixner designed this room last year for the Kips Bay show house. We think it's worth a longer look as it has many subtle ideas for apartment sized living spaces. It is a chic look that works just as well in simple modern day apartments without much architectural detail as well as older homes with lots of period charm. More below:

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The ingredients that go into this style mix:

  • softened yet still somewhat sputnik chandelier for the living room
  • strong doses of symmetry in the details - the two stools, two slipper chairs, the drapes, the large sculptural pieces, the b&w framed pieces of art, the two matching table lamps AND the cocktails
  • a limited, restrained color palette with enough punches of black to keep the eye moving around
  • vertical stripes on the stair risers
  • girly round pillows on a low slung exotically-shaped sofa
  • echoes of the x base stools in the crosshatched coffee table base
  • white on white floral arrangements and vases
  • a single, well lit, large scale piece of art anchors the entire left wall and visually balances the large built-ins on the other side
  • light textured carpet adds texture and a luxe, cushy vibe

    Read more about the room (along with sources) at House Beautiful.
    More info on the designer: James Rixner

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    Photos: House Beautiful

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.