A Designer’s Eclectic Modern West New York Apartment

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Designer’s Eclectic Modern West New York Apartment

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Julieta Alvarez, her husband Bart, and daughter Olivia
Location: West New York, New Jersey
Size: 1065 square feet
Years lived in: Almost 3 years, renting

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Julieta, of Julieta Alvarez Interiors, lives with her husband and daughter in a two-bedroom apartment in West New York, New Jersey — one quick, peaceful ferry ride away from the Manhattan peninsula. Julieta says it’s like “Battery Park City but much quieter and less commercial. I love the fact that I was the first one to move into this apartment, after living in a prewar building in NYC. It’s brand new and super clean. The view is absolutely stunning and I have New York views from every room, even the bathroom.”

The apartment is filled with beautiful light, especially in the morning, and has high ceilings and dark wooden floors. Julieta’s design inspiration comes from the places she visits on her travels, where she tries to buy local products such as frames, textiles, pillows and rugs. When designing here home, she also made a point to support small companies and shops on Etsy. She’s especially proud of how she got crafty with a few IKEA hacks, like the dresser in her daughter’s room with handmade leather pulls.

One of Julieta’s proudest creations is the gallery wall in the living room. It took over a year to complete because she wanted to take her time and collect meaningful art. Two of the paintings were done by very good friends, another is based on the design of her wedding invitation. The installation also includes framed wedding pictures, an antique convex mirror, antlers, a preserved butterfly, a mask from Bali, a framed napkin from Mexico, a wool weaving Julieta made, an antique racquet…and the list goes on.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic

Inspiration: My ex-boss, Jeff Lincoln

Favorite Element: The view and the amazing light in the morning

What Friends Say: OMG, what a great job you did!

Proudest DIY: My daughter’s IKEA dresser

Biggest Indulgence: The hexagon side table from ABC Carpet & Home (I got it from an ABC Carpet outlet at an amazing price).

Best Advice: Don’t you dare buy a furniture set. No exceptions.

Dream Sources: 1st Dibs, de Le Cuona for fabrics, Lindsey Adelman and Apparatus for lighting.


Master Bedroom
Benjamin Moore — Trout Gray (2124-20) in Eggshell
Olivia’s Bedroom
Benjamin Moore — Meditation (AF-395) in Eggshell

Petrie Sofa — Crate and Barrel
Coffee Table — Crate and Barrel
Rug — From my Istanbul trip
Sisal rug — ABC Carpet Outlet
Hexagon Side Table — ABC Carpet Outlet
Rocking Chair — 2 Modern
Lumbar Pillow — Lisa Fine Textiles
Purple English Club Chair — Sofa.com
Brass and Wood Console — West Elm Collection
White Bar Cart — Vintage from Etsy
Brass table lamp on bar cart — Anthropologie
Floor Lamp — All Modern
Pink Pillows — Form my trip to Bali
Blue Mudcloth draped over sofa — Chelsea Flea Market “Stockholm”
Media Cabinet — IKEA
Wall Tapestry — Etsy

Upholstered Bed — Crate and Barrel
Black and Brass Night Table — DIY Ikea project (Painted and added hardware) Wood and Marble Night Table — CB2
Rug — ABC Carpet Outlet
Dresser — DIY IKEA project (I changed the hardware)

Crib and Dresser — IKEA
(Dresser is a DIY project – I made leather pulls for it)
Rug — Green Body and Home
Parsons Desk — West Elm
Charles Eames Chair — DWR
PotteryBarn Kids Bookcase
Custom Art — Patrycja Korseniak

Thanks, Julieta!

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