A Jewel Box in Hell’s Kitchen

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Name: Paul & Simon
Location: Hell’s Kitchen —New York, New York

Our one bedroom Hell’s Kitchen apartment is approximately 625 square feet. We love the neighborhood and have been renting this place for a little over a year. The space is small for two, however, we have managed to make it work by ensuring every bit of space is used. Storage is added through vintage suitcases and an antique armoire. Our style is a bit Hollywood regency and we are inspired by the style of the Billy’s (Haines and Baldwin).

We mix new items with refurbished vintage pieces found on EBay, fleamarkets and even a few curbside finds! Overall, we think the apartment has a jewel box feel to it, given the rich colors, plush materials and sleek finishes, yet remains grounded at the same time when juxtaposed with dark wood and leather furnishings. We are not afraid of color ( though I am a bit more daring than my husband) and we have compromised on some wall color choices. Creating our first home together broadened both our style boundaries.

For example, my husband, who is British, wanted a dragon chandelier in the bedroom inspired by the Brighton Pavilion decor and I thought that would be a horrible choice and that it would look like Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, but now I love it. Simon in turn questioned some of my choices, such as the gold fern material used to recover the chaise and painting the living room ceiling pale teal. However, he was quite pleased with the result in the end. I work in the fashion industry on the business side and do some interior decorating as well. Simon is a former professional dancer who now works for a hedge fund.

Thanks, Paul & Simon!

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