Apartment #25: Melissa’s Baroque Minimalist

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Name: Melissa
Location: Far West Village (aka: Land of the Meier Towers, see attached photo of the Charles St. tower view)
Size: 400 sq/ft
Type: Studio

The Pitch:

I rented this apartment last August because I loved the bright western exposure and high ceilings. My friends came up with the term “baroque minimalism” for it because I go for simple lines with ornate accents. I’ve decorated it on the cheap, so I regularly paint or rework the furniture to mix it up a bit.

To unify the space, I’ve repeated colors in a variety of textures – so the farmhouse table has a green base that matches the velvet couch; the burlap beige curtains match the sisal rug, etc.

Copy of 16fronthallin.jpg The apartment is a long studio with all the windows on one end, so for me the most important thing was to create a “bedroom” without losing the light. I found a whitewashed wood screen on Ebay with filigree-like cutouts that filter the light beautifully by day and look like a lantern with a candle behind it in the evenings. (It also happens to coordinate with the Tord Boontje lamp over my dining table.)

I use the three invisibly hung shelves in the main room like a gallery and rotate out various things that inspire me on any given day.

As the two before shots show, it took a while to pull it together. I still move things around all the time (and the tv desperately needs an armoire), but I’m really happy to call it home! Melissa