Nicole’s Manhattan apartment is the stuff my dreams are made of. It’s sexy and chic, romantic yet modern, all while remaining completely timeless. And the best part is that you’d never know it was the size of a jewel box. When we caught up with So Haute this morning I mentioned she was good, but you’re about to see just how good she really is. Oh, and big hugs to Bryce Covey for his beautiful photography!
From Nicole… My living room is a multi-functional space with an open layout that encompasses areas for living, dining and home office. I live in a one bedroom apartment in NYC so this space is pretty much the heart of my home. It’s very comfortable and during the day the room is filled with lovely natural light.
Being a typical NYC rental, my apartment is definitely lacking in architecture which I made up for by layering texture, color, pattern and lots of personal touches to give the room character. And even though it’s a small space, there’s quite a bit of seating which is great for when I entertain.
I kept the color palette fairly neutral with a gray shade on the walls which is very calming and infused a few bold pops of color with the over dyed rug and the bright pink table lamps. The rug works to ground the seating area which features a modern sofa juxtaposed with more traditional pieces like the vintage coffee table, faux bamboo end tables and Louis XVI style armchair. For me, mixing different styles is so much more interesting and fun that filling a room with matching pieces and monotonous textures.
Ikat pillows and a gallery style art arrangement makes the area feel even more eclectic. I’ve been collecting photography over the years so I love having all of my pieces on display where I get to admire them every day. The photographs are from all different places…from art auctions to the New York Times Archive and 20×200 and a few of the pieces are pages from coffee table books.
My TV console is actually a simple and inexpensive bookcase from Ikea and I had a custom slipcover made to fit which transformed it into a chic little skirted console that hides all of my TV components and other unsightly clutter. I think TVs are so ugly but they’re a necessity and I styled little vignettes on either side of mine so it feels more like part of the decor.
My desk is a classic Parsons style desk from West Elm which is a timeless classic. The chair is the Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck and I draped an inexpensive sheepskin over it for comfort. The Prada Marfa print is from LA photographer Gray Malin whose work I’m obsessed with! The invisible bookcase provides great vertical storage which is very functional since space is at a premium in my apartment.
The dining table is an inexpensive find from Ikea that I’ve had for ages. The chairs were a vintage find that I painted a grayish blue color and had reupholstered in a Suzanne Rheinstein for Lee Jofa linen. The buffet is another vintage find. I use it to store all of my serveware, wine glasses, liquor and table linens. It has really cool brass lionhead drawer pulls and I think once upon a time it had glass fronts on the cabinet doors but I love that they’re open and exposed. My chandelier is Thomas O’Brien’s Bryant chandelier from his Visual Comfort lighting collection. The brass has a hand rubbed antique finish that has developed the most beautiful patina over time.
I think it’s important when you’re decorating your space that you take your time and fill it with things you love that are not just stylish but also comfortable, and adaptable so it can evolve along with you and your lifestyle. There’s nothing better than coming home each day to a beautiful that makes you happy!