Name: Alea Lovely
Location: Greenpoint — New York, NY
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months, renting
The apartment of Alea Lovely more than lives up to her name. A creative whose expressions vary from photography to painting and beyond, Alea infuses her space with a sense of what motivates and inspires her. This includes plenty of art, lush colors and textures, and details influenced by places, people, and things she adores.
One of Alea's talents is translating her inspirations (from a variety of sources) into reality. The palette and African imagery of Black Panther motivated her to bring certain colors and an energy of daring visual impact and texture into her space. An image from one of her Pinterest boards of a woman sitting on an elegant sofa with her dalmatian nearby made her choose the black-and-white spotted pillows for her own couch. Alea's approach is a testament to what wonderful things can be done in a space when you allow creativity and a sense of play into the process.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Artistic and bold
Inspiration: My troves of Pinterest boards. I have previously always had a clean white space that fell in line with mainstream decorating and I was getting bored and wanted to try something bold for my new place. I recently got divorced and this was the first place I could do fully on my own without any restrictions, so I got really inspired by bold colors and gold elements.
Favorite Element: The gold touches. I've always been a big fan of gold and I really like how opulent it makes the space feel. My favorite items are my Art Deco lamps I got from Target. Really adds a rich feel to the place.
Biggest Challenge: Biggest challenge is making a railroad apartment feel like a natural space. There are no windows in the two middle rooms. The living room was initially a bedroom for the previous tenants. Since there is a door entry to both sides to the apartment, I decided to make it the living room because it had the most light, and one of the middle rooms my bedroom as a "zen den."
What Friends Say: "You should be an interior decorator!" or "This looks like a boutique hotel." I think about being an interior decorator a lot because interior spaces and how they make a person feel has always been important to me.
Biggest Embarrassment: The walls have some streaking. Once everything dried, I could still see some lighter spots. It still makes me cringe but I still haven't repainted over it.
Proudest DIY: The repurposed white flower painting I have over my bar. It was previously a sore thumb Southwestern motif from the '80s and I painted over it with cream white house paint making it a statement piece everyone still comments on...and one of my favorite pieces of art. I happen to also be a painter and photographer so a lot of the artwork on the walls is actually mine.
Biggest Indulgence: My crystal collection. While it kind of serves as decor, I've always been drawn to rocks' and gemstones' beauty, and while it hasn't gotten out of hand yet, I can't seem to stop buying them. Seeing them brings me a lot of joy.
Best Advice: Find unique pieces that speak to your personal style. I love shopping at HomeGoods or thrift stores because they typically have one-off or one-of-a-kind pieces that not everyone else will have in their home.
Dream Sources: Apartment Therapy, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and Pinterest.
PAINT & COLORS
Behr — custom mix
Art Deco round lamps — Target
Art Deco square lamps — TJ Maxx
Black and white pillows — Kate Spade — via HomeGoods
Oversized painting — lulu and georgia
Large white floral painting — Thrifted and DIY
Large woman painting — Alea Lovely
Gallery wall pieces — Alea Lovely
Blue bench — Target
Large gold mirror — Was a thrifted painting turned into a mirror
Spiral gold lamp — NFM.com
Little wire building figurines — thrifted
Gold bar — HomeGoods
Gold end tables — Target
TV stand — Ikea
Large round gold art lens on gallery wall — Home Goods
Art above computer desk — Home Goods
Pull-out couch — NFM.com
Headboard (actually a room divider) — Hobby Lobby
Gallery wall pieces — Ikea / HomeGoods / Alea Lovely
Comforter and pillows — HomeGoods