If You Only Buy Two Things from Small/Cool NYC, Make It These Ones

published May 20, 2022
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Colorful room in with a mix of deco and memphis group style. Patterned wallpaper, colorful abstract art prints on wall. Geometric, bright decor accents
Credit: Rikki Snyder

We’re wrapping up the coverage of Small/Cool NYC, in which challenged 12 designers to bring 12 of the biggest trends to life — all within 120 square feet. Whether you stopped by the experience or took a 3D tour of the space, there’s an almost endless number of products and paint colors to be inspired by. While this year’s experience has come to a close, it’s not too late to shop for pieces from your favorite rooms.

When designing your own home, your budget definitely makes a difference. It’s important to know what pieces to splurge on, and where you should look to try and save money. We zeroed in on two standout products from Small/Cool NYC: One steal and one splurge, but in a surprise twist, the steal is more expensive than the splurge! It’s all about value, right?

Credit: Rikki Snyder

The Steal

Our pick for best bang for your buck comes from Julieta Alvarez’s Pastoral Charm-themed room. Alvarez says, “Pastoral Charm celebrates the history in design, reminding us of simpler times without losing a sense of modernity.” A very popular piece she included in her room is the metal mirror leaning against the wall.

You’ve probably seen this mirror (or something like it) a few times before. This gilded, vintage-style has gained major popularity among decor lovers — and our editors! A quality full-length mirror can range anywhere from $500 to over $1,500. So, even though this mirror from World Market is $300, it’s definitely a steal. The mirror is 24 inches wide, 58 inches high and comes in a brass or bronze finish. If you ask Alvarez, “The delicate detailing and a narrow frame make this a must for bedrooms, living rooms, entryways, and any space in between.”

Credit: Rikki Snyder

The Splurge

Our pricey-but-worth-it pick comes from Jessica Davis, the designer behind Memphis-Deco at Small/Cool NYC. When you mix the loud, geometric forms of Memphis Design with the soft color and curves of the Art Decor movement, you get Memphis-Deco. The founder of Atelier Davis says, “Memphis-Deco is a hybrid style that harks back the ’20s and the ’80s and is now taking the decorating world by storm.” One small, yet high-impact piece Davis included in her Small/Cool room is a statement candle.

This candle from L’or de Seraphine, a somewhat under-the-radar candle maker. If you’re just discovering this brand you won’t be disappointed: The Tama Candle is a relaxing candle with key scents of hinoki wood and spicy patchouli packed in a beautiful ceramic jar that you can use long after the candle is gone. The bold color and unique design of this candle make a true statement piece for any room, table, or bookshelf.

Small/Cool NYC is a shoppable, in real life and digital home design showcase full of decorating tips and tricks from your favorite designers. Visit us from April 22 to May 15, 2022, on weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) from 11 am to 7 pm ET at 515 Broadway in Soho, New York City. Check out our event schedule and the whole virtual experience online at smallcool.com and follow along on Instagram @apartmenttherapy. Thank you to our sponsors BEHR® Paint, Toyota Corolla Cross, Ashley, Yogi® Tea, and Chasing Paper for making this experience possible.