Life is typically far from perfect. The milk gets spilled. The kids throw up. The dog has to go to the emergency vet at 4am. You may have forgotten the last time you showered (all of this might have happened to me in the last 72 hours). I think that’s why amazingly beautiful spaces has such appeal. They offer the dream that maybe, one day, your life will look just as put together.
The cold truth is that’s highly unlikely, but we all need a goal for which to strive. My current design goal is attempting to mimic this stunning NYC apartment designed by Sissy & Marley.
This space oozes order, structure and luxurious comfort thanks to its uniform black & white color palette (my fave), repeated use of geometric patterns, and strong architectural lines throughout – and I’m here for it all.
Obsessed with the variety of textures in this entryway vignette. Marble, wood, sheepskin, leather, steel and glass all mix to keep a monochromatic color palette from becoming too one note. Also squiggly branches in a vase have never looked so good. Perfect mid-winter decorating idea.
And then there’s this sumptuous kitchen! It’s ditching the white kitchen trend – woot. And I spy more graphic patterns with that throw rug. But I’m really swooning over the details – all black spoons and cutting boards. The counter balance of a white marble island and honed black marble counters. Brass, black and stainless steel mix and match. All kinds of contrasts are at play in this space and it really really works.
The eat-in kitchen nook (if you can call a full-sized dining table a nook) is all kinds of gorgeous. Loving the oversized art in this space. Going to hunt down those sconces – anyone know the brand off hand?
Although the formal dining area is equally as stunning as the breakfast nook. It’s a light and airy juxtaposition to the moodiness of the kitchen.
The beautiful attention to detail, the use of standout statement making pieces and the uniform color palette continue into the sophisticated master bedroom.
This little mini work area is pure genius.
Subtle textures and luxe materials continue straight into the bathroom. Really loving the heft of that sink.
And if all that weren’t enough, the kids’ bedroom and play area is next level cool.
Now let’s be real. This home features many a high end piece. Everything from Apparatus Studio lighting and accessories to classic Carl Hansen dining chairs, case pieces by BBDW, one-of-kind vintage scores down to Hermes throw blankets. A resource list like that certainly makes it much easier to make a space look ultra pulled together.
But if you look beyond the high priced items, this home is also a lesson in continuity. In doing more with few things – making sure every piece of furniture, light fixture and accessory is there to be noticed. Only bring home things that are the highest quality you can afford.
When our lives get chaotic it can be really easy to get mired in the mess. But just remember, this too shall pass and you can bring back order and calm again.
Or just come back and stare at this home tour. I know I will be.
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