Two People, One Room: How a New York Couple Makes it Work

Two People, One Room: How a New York Couple Makes it Work

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Nancy Mitchell
Jan 5, 2015
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Jennifer Vaughan and her fiancé Derrick Miller are both designers: she's an interior designer, and he designs shoes. With their combined ingenuity, they've taken a 500 square foot West Village apartment and turned it into a space that's livable for both of them. Here's how they make it work.

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1. Clever paint choices.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that their apartment has 14 foot ceilings, and a separate sleeping loft. Jennifer and Derrick painted the walls in a soothing light grey, just up to the level of the loft. The light, cool colors visually enlarge the space, and the two-tone effect helps to delineate the two areas.

2. Lots of (hidden) storage.
This is really key in a small space — having a place to stash all those little things that tend to accumulate and create so much visual clutter. Jennifer and Derrick have a giant IKEA unit (you can see it on the right in the top photo) that provides a place to tuck things away.

3. A simple color palette.
Keeping things simple (with lots of light neutrals) makes the apartment feel calm and spacious, and helps to unify the space.

4. Stick to the basics.
You won't find any wine glasses in the tiny kitchen nook. Instead the couple drinks wine from bistro glasses — everything has to fit into one of the four cabinets or on the shelf above, and everything has to earn its keep. In the living room they've kept the furniture to just the essentials — an L-shaped sofa, a coffee table that doubles as a dining table, and an ottoman that serves as extra seating.

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5. Leave a little extra space.
Rather than stuffing their apartment with furniture, Jennifer and Derrick grouped the living room furniture together in the middle of the room, leaving space all around for circulation. This ensures that people have room to move around, and the apartment seems much larger than it actually is.

To see more of the apartment and read more about Jennifer and Derrick's space, check out the full tour on Domino.

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