Some of you will probably gag over my new colour scheme but something about my new space has moved me to throw colour caution to the wind. I have no desire to spend money on new stuff so I’m working with what I’ve got, save for a few essential purchases, and it so happens that what I’ve got hits most of the points on the colour wheel.
I recognize that my work should be a calling card for potential clients but in this case, in this space, I’m really decorating solely for myself. The main room — there’s a separate kitchen, bedroom and dressing room/bath — is just 14.6′ x 14.6′ and I have a lot of living to pack into that little box; lounging/TV, dining and home office.
One of my pet peeves is an entryway that comes straight into a living room so I created a little foyer at the door with bookshelves on one side and my shoe cabinet on the other.
I hadn’t intended to leave the back wall cream but I could only manage to paint the other three walls before major shuffling became necessary and I decided I liked having the office wall a different colour. It adds to the feeling of being a different zone.
Upon entering the space you confront my little dining nook, below. The bedroom and kitchen are on the right with the living space on the left and the office on the other side of the bookshelves.
I had to store my large brass and marble table and to tie me over I purchased this compact, 40″ Knoll tulip table from a collector. The vintage Gunlocke chairs ($300 for the pair on Craiglist) are the same colour as the table top and are also exceptionally comfortable. If someone joins me for dinner I slide the sofa out of the way and pull the chairs around.
The living space is similarly malleable. If a coffee table is required I pull the yellow rattan side table out from under the TV stand and presto, a place to set a drink or eat a snack. The sofa can be moved for TV lounging and the little footstool under the TV console frequently comes out to pair with the high-back chair. When I’m not watching TV I lean a framed print in front of it.
The place is undeniably small but I honestly love it. Everything is at hand and because it’s just me I don’t feel at all cramped. As for the brick-y wall colour (Farrow & Ball Red Earth No. 64) was pulled from my artwork and the rug.
It’s warm and enveloping and the space feels a bit like a gentleman’s library, which agrees with me. The apartment faces west so I wasn’t worried about making the room feel dark.
The bamboo blinds are a bit ghetto but the price was definitely right ($45 for 6′ x 6′) and if I decide I’ll be here for awhile then I’ll invest in better window coverings. In the meantime, they keep the summer sun at bay.
So that’s my progress so far. I have big plans for the bedroom but I’m not ready to reveal that yet. And my little, New York-style kitchen will never be anything to write home about but it’s functional and has lots of character thanks to the open built-ins.
It feels sooooo nice to be settled again after the misstep of my last place. Praise be!