Name: Emily Graff
Location: Greenwich Village, New York
Size: 550 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years
This home in Greenwich Village is full of energy thanks to bold and colorful patterns. But it also feels quite larger than its small size. The owner Emily has done an amazing job with maximizing space by utilizing a Murphy bed, smart furniture layout planning and wallpaper as a means of visually dividing the space. And her eclectic decor makes for a cozy, comfy home.
Emily's studio is located in an Art Deco pre-war building (think: crown molding, arched doorways), and she feels lucky to live in such an inspiring space. Because she loves to cook, a lot of the focus of the small studio is on an open kitchen. And as an avid host, her indulgence in a Murphy bed means she can pull out an expandable table and eat dinner with lots of friends.
And yes, if you're counting, that is three different patterns of wallpaper she's managed to use — beautifully and effectively — in not a whole lot of square feet!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic
Inspiration: I grew up in a house where every room featured different wallpaper, from toile to stripes to designs of fruit and vines, docks and ships, hummingbirds and even acrobats. I loved it. My parents gave me an appreciation for bold and colorful patterns. Which are now the backgrounds for my daily life.
Favorite Element: Murphy bed. When it's down, whatever. When it's up, and I move a bunch of my furniture around, I can invite friends over and host a dinner party or a cocktail party or a dance party.
Biggest Challenge: Spatial planning. I wanted to figure out how to separate one room into four distinct areas — working, sleeping, living and dining. I relied on wallpaper and area rugs: striped wallpaper for a working area; a flokati rug for a sleeping area; a knotted wool rug for a living area; and print wallpaper for a dining area.
What Friends Say: "How did we all fit in here?"
Biggest Embarrassment: Luckily, Apartment Therapy didn't ask me to open any of my closets.
Proudest DIY: Anything that comes out of the kitchen. An all-time favorite is a creamy chicken pot pie from Samin Nosrat's upcoming cookbook SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT, which is like a masterclass in cooking. Look for it in April 2017 from Simon & Schuster!
Biggest Indulgence: See above, re: Murphy Bed. (It was worth it.)
Best Advice: This is something my mom taught me: Choose one thing. Then build a room around it. Maybe it's a Persian-style rug. Or an embroidered coverlet. For me, it's a loveseat. It's turquoise, so that color is threaded throughout my apartment—from the rug in the living area to the wallpaper in the hallway and lots of stuff in between. It works to unite disparate pieces from various periods, in various styles.
Dream Sources: Les Puces
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PAINT & COLORS
Hallway Wallpaper: Scion—Wabi Sabi Adisa in Tomato/Multi
Front Wall of Living Room: Benjamin Moore—Mountainview #583
Back Wall of Living Room: Quadrille Fabrics—San Marco Reverse in French Green on Off-White
Dining Wallpaper: Sanderson—Aspen in Forest/Charcoal
Kitchen: Benjamin Moore—Eve Green #2024-30
Kitchen Cabinets and Bathroom Vanity: Benjamin Moore—Metallic Silver #2132-60
Vestibule Bathroom: Benjamin Moore—Spring Tulips #2001-30
Ceiling: Benjamin Moore—Decorator White CC-20
Trim: Benjamin Moore—White Dove C-17 (Semi-Gloss)
Wooden Dining Table—Vintage