House Tour: Liz's Applied Graphic Design in Gramercy

House Tour: Liz's Applied Graphic Design in Gramercy

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 21, 2008

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Name: Liz
Location: Gramercy, NYC
Size: 1Bedroom, Appx 800 Sq Ft
Years lived in: 1 year
Rented or Owned: Rents
Who else lives here? Husband, Michael, Son, Ben, Dog, Jed

Many of you will already know Liz's flare for design from her work for Domino and Gramercy Tavern. If not, check out her website the "about" section, where she illustrates all her favorite things, always makes me smile. Liz's apartment in Gramercy inspires me in the same way. The mid-century modern furniture and curated choice of color ground the space, while the framed art, books, sculptures and toys provide charm and warmth...


Take a look in Liz's bedroom, where she has created calm with a simple white, blue and earthy color scheme, and you realize how well she edits the room to make sure it feels crisp yet relaxing. The animals on the side table even get the color brief.

Liz and her husband, Michael, built their son's room from scratch, designing a modern and playful crib. They even drilled all the peek holes (I thought they bought the wood like that). Impressive DYI.

Typical of her domino roots, Liz's AT Survey is choc-o-block with resources. She's always introducing me to so many great things in NYC, so have fun exploring her links. Cheers, Liz. Liz's next big splurge will be a new sofa, so if you have any ideas for stylish sectionals she'd love to hear about your resources.

- Amy Morris

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Your style? Modern Charm

Greatest inspiration? All mediums inspire me — people, architecture, design, art … all of them individually and the combination. There are so many innovative people today that understand the importance creating designs that are above all functional yet very pleasing to the eye. Anything that makes my life easier, I love. Other moms help too. Oh, working at domino helps. We work with a lot of great homes. You can see illustrations of all my favorite things and inspirations on my website at

Favorite element? I love my bedroom. I used a very sweet turquoise, lots of whites and muted earth tones and lots of fun textures like marble, fur, wool and yarn. Also, there is not a lot of stuff in there which I love. It is calming which I need living and working in New York.

Biggest challenge of your home? I wish I had more DYI skills to complete a few projects hiding in closets. I have wallpaper for the bedroom still waiting to go up, a pendant lamp to be wired and shelves that need to be built. I can never find enough space for all my books, which is a real challenge when living in NYC apartments.

What do friends say? They always want to pull ideas. A lot of people want to copy the curtains in the bedroom. I got the fabric on sale at the D&D building while tagging along with my Mom, an established interior designer. Also, everyone wants to know the paint color. I always use it because it changes shades with the light and the furniture. My sister and mom both use it often too. It's Benjamin Moore, Artists Canvas.

Biggest Embarrassment? The home office, behind the sofa has become a storage space.

Proudest DIY? Ben's crib. We bought the wood, drilled all the wholes into it, added the hinges so it could transition into a big boy's bed and painted it red. It was satisfying seeing it all come together and knowing I do have some DYI skills.

Biggest Indulgence? Art and Eames chairs … next indulgence will be a sofa.

Best Advice? Take your time. You make better decisions when you've lived in the space and have a clear mind. Also, take the time to visit thrift stores in your neighborhood, eventually you will find many great treasures. Gramercy Thrift Shops ….

City Opera Thrift Shop 222 E 23rd St between Second and Third Aves (212-684-5344)
Housing Works 157 E 23rd St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-529-5955);
Vintage Thrift Shop 286 Third Ave between 22nd and 23rd Sts (212-871-0777)
Calvary/St. George's Thrift Shop 61 Gramercy Park N at Gramercy Park W (212-475-2674)

Dream Source? Scandinavian Flea Market and DWR.

Other Inspiration? Friends, artists, graphic designers, family, the city. I can find inspiration from just about anything.



Furniture: Ikea, thrift stores and DWR. The bedroom side tables are Saarinen, the entry way bench is George Nelson and the cork stools are jasper Morrison – ALL from DWR.

Accessories: Most of the stuffed animals came from Kid O ( The big apple print is from Kid-O and the bathroom stencils are from Yoya Mart ( Erch Ginder Ghost Antler Coast Racks used at sculpture from (

I pick up toys that catch both my eye and Ben's curiosity at many different spots and love them all … (,,, )

The animals in the bedroom are from clive and sunshine (

Lighting: Ikea and Moss ( The bedside table lamps are Philippe Stark Miss K Lamps.

Rugs and Carpets: ABC Carpet & domino Bazaar

Window Treatments: Bedroom silk curtains are from the Schumacher Showroom ( in the D&D building.

Beds: Our Bed is Ikea

Artwork: Hugo Guinness prints ( are scattered around the apartment and I've acquired a lot of art from friends. The piece over my fireplace is from an artist in soho, // The art over the bed is Oliver Warden.

Paint: Benjamin Moore – Artist Canvas Everywhere but kitchen, sister uses it, mother uses it.

Flooring: White Oak Wood and Flor ( squares in the entry way.


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