I just finished reading an article in the NY Times about a couple who basically gut renovated an apartment in Brooklyn. An apartment they rent, not own. They are knowledgeable about how to renovate and worked out an arrangement with the landlord to take money off the rent for the 4 years they originally agreed to stay. They get a nicer place to live, the landlord's investment increases dramatically. Great for everyone, right?
I read an interesting article today in the NY Times Home section about a young couple who moved into a new apartment together and were trying to merge their furniture, along with their lives. They made the same mistakes that most people make when trying to figure out how to work with their space. What I took away from the article, and what I wanted to pass on to you, were these points:
1. You don't need to have everything out all the time. Do you wear your whole closet at once? No. Rotate your accessories the same way you do your wardrobe.
2. Mix your materials. I know, I harp on that a lot but it really makes such a huge difference in the overall feel.
3. Invest in a quality sofa. You can skimp on a lot of things, but a sofa should not be one of them.
4. Sometimes you need to bring in a professional. A truly objective party, with the right expertise, is also a good investment since it can help you avoid some costly mistakes.
5. Antlers as decor are so five minutes ago.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.