I’ve had home on the brain lately. I’m reaching a respectable age in which I’m realizing that my 600 plus square foot apartment in Hell’s Kitchen is my home for the foreseeable future. To this end, I’ve really begun cultivating a nice little lair for myself to retreat to after a long day’s work. And, I must say, it’s beginning to shape up nicely! So I thought it would be fun to ask the gals on the team—ranging from 23 to thirty-something (no need to define our outer limit here) where they go for something to spiff up their abodes.
If I were to put something in my apartment other than its current, mattress and bookshelf—I think I would find myself purchasing from Anthropologie. Vintage look, vintage price (excluding random street finds) AND if I back out, decide mattress and bookshelf is the best furnishing my home is going to get... I can buy clothes!
My apartment is far from being seen as a shining example of brilliant interior design. My roommate and I have yet to buy a couch, and have been there for over six months; we also have a papazan chair in the kitchen instead of a kitchen table.
This doesn’t mean, however, that I am completely devoid of interest in home décor. One of my favorite furniture lines is designed by Bart Bettencourt and Carlos Salgado, the team behind the Brooklyn-based company, Scrapile. They create beautifully simplistic pieces from scraps of wood discarded by the larger furniture warehouses — no two pieces are alike. I recruited them to participate in an eco-friendly design showcase and fell in love with these chairs...perhaps one day I’ll replace the papazan chair...
As one of the lucky few that lives in a large condo in New York City - 3 bedrooms, 2 floors, 3 bathrooms...around 1500 sq ft - I have a lot of space (but not nearly enough time) to fill with beautiful things. My commitment-phobia has prohibited me from actually choosing any pieces to purchase.
One of my favorite things to do is shop for home furnishings, so lately I have been scouring online outlets for amazing art deco and vintage inspired pieces that I can incorporate with my existing items. My current design aesthetic is called "hand me down items from Grandma's house" - I like to think of it as eclectic. My new favorite picks are from the Suzan Fellman Showroom in LA (the SF collection and the Cecil Beaton collection), and Maison Gerard online. Suzan Fellman is a GENIUS at creating special items from vintage designer fabric, wall coverings, prints and scarves. Would anyone like to donate to the decorate Stacie's home fund?
Source: anthropologie.com, suzanfellman.com, scrapile.com