Before & After: An Ocean View in the East Village

published Feb 25, 2013
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

I was a teenager once, and I’m sure my mother would have been beside herself with joy if my room were ever as neat as this before photo. But while uncluttered, this teen bedroom lacked a certain je ne sais quoi. A teen’s room is the one place where they can express a style that is truly their own, and this room wasn’t cutting it.

The ladies from Elemental Interiors, a New York-based design firm, worked with their young client, Megan, to design a room that would express her personality and style. To give this Manhattan bedroom an ‘ocean view,’ they created a collage by tiling a beach photo that Megan took in her hometown. The collage, which occupies the wall behind the bed, serves as a focal point for the small room, while other elements in the space pick up on the artwork’s beachy blues. Painted ‘frames’ and custom Roman shades add a little personality to the windows, and plants placed throughout the space bring the outdoors in. 

To read more about this project, check out the project page on The Sweeten

The Sweeten is an online resource that connects New York-area homeowners with qualified local architects, designers and contractors. You can check out their blog for lots more projects.