FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

Interior Decorating

SPACES | Our Pied à Terre in Brooklyn

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Last week we finally made the big 'move'  by packing up and moving 75% of our furniture and accessories into a POD, which is currently on it's way to Seattle and fingers crossed, everything arrives safe and secured. I have so much anxiety that we're going to open the POD and it'll be a mess of crumbled furniture, glass and boxes or that the door will have been opened and stuff will have been stolen. There's really nothing too valuable, we just have a lot of antiques that we really care about, and basically everything is fragile.

What's left in New York is for my pied à terre (or the apartment). I like thinking we are fancy now and have a second home in the city. We technically do, but realistically I'm going to be using it as a home base for my NY projects, and we're splitting it with my parents. We are going to wait until next year to decide if the current situation is working for us financially, or if we should rent it. 

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Image Source: ABKasha.com

Image Source: ABKasha.com

Image Source: ABKasha.com

For the time being, I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to redesign the space into a relaxing, yet productive space. I'm greatly inspired by real Parisian Haussmann pied à terres, where the decor is about less furniture, more wall space, no strict direction.  It seems to be very...  je ne sais quoi, let's call it laissez faire in style. You know, very French.  Removing the giant desk Jack built from the living room created a major domino effect, allowing me to test out different layouts and furniture placements (which I don't think is very French - except that I did it IRL not on a computer within CAD). It's so interesting how different you can make one space look by just moving around furniture. I'm breaking my own rules and doing things that I said I would never do. It's fun and it reminds me that you really can't take design too seriously. If you're intrigued to see more of my inspirations, you can find them [here]. So here are the planned ch-ch-ch-changes along with a few images of those that I've already accomplished.....

DINING TABLE

Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

First up, we brought in an official dining table. It's for 4 people, I would love to find an extension table or one with a leaf that isn't expensive. For now though, this little french country style table is kind of perfect. We also had these neoclassical empire dining chairs that my mom has had for years, recently reupholstered in a Schumacher leopard print. I'm completely swooning over how they turned out. The table is set where the desk was and fills that space nicely. Also, when I'm not feeling the desk, I can sit here and work, it gives me a change of scenery - even if it's only a few feet away.

FURNITURE PLACEMENT

Next big change, is where the sofa is placed. The room is basically a box shape and is almost as wide as it is long, it's also the space that you pass through to get to the bedroom, so it can present some layout challenges. I always had the sofa set on the back wall opposite the built-ins and placed a coffee table in front with the two accent chairs near the bookcases. This made the seating area wider than the usual, but left room for a walk way. Now I'm trying to break the rules I set, and have moved the sofa several feet closer to the bookshelves. The seating area becomes more intimate. The walk way is yes, a little tighter but when it's just me who will be there most of the time, I don't really care. Behind the sofa I've moved the entry cabinet - which doubles as a desk to the back wall. For nights that I have guests, I can set it up as a dry bar and hide all of the desky things within. I don't have a great photo of the sofa yet, but I will share soon when I have all the elements well set and styled. 

ARTWORK

Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

I love my artwork and gallery walls, but for this new design, I want to keep the artwork to a minimum. I think having the walls a little more clear and open feeling will add to the relaxing mood. With that said, my mom is lending a few beautiful pieces for the apartment. We set this gorgeous Chinese silk tapestry on the back wall above the bar to be the major statement piece. It is the perfect place for this piece too, since it can't be in direct sunlight and that wall, never gets the sun. Other artwork we brought in are some lithographs of Roman ruins for the dining area and two mirrors. We may bring a few other small pieces, but that's about it. 

PAINT

Image: Lauren L Caron

Image: Lauren L Caron

I'm slightly adjusting the paint in one place to tie together the colors. We've decided to draw a color from the silk tapestry to paint within the book shelves. I love the dark interior shelves but I'm now thinking since we have 4 black dining chairs, and a rug with black in it, there's too much black for the space. So a muted yet airy gray green will look really nice as a backdrop, the color I chose is by Ben Moore it's called Paris Rain (how appropriate). 

BEDROOM

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image Source: Paris Perfect

Image Source: Paris Perfect

For the bedroom I was greatly inspired by the image above and wanted to evoke the same mood as closely as I could. The window and room layout are similar, although slightly smaller. Originally I moved my dresser to the wall opposite the bed, but it felt too tight so I ended up moving it back to the wall it was on for the past 5 years. I plan to have a table cloth made to cover the Saarinen table, I haven't figured out what textile yet, something with a pattern would be nice. 

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

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We purchased a new bed frame (a very inexpensive one for $59 from Amazon, I'll link it at the bottom) and this gorgeous headboard that I've had my eyes on for quite some time from Urban Outfitters. We brought in a few French-y accents like the sunburst for over the headboard and this gorgeous gilt frame mirror. Last but not least, I plan to add some decorative pillows to make the bed feel more finished. 

Image Source: Rue Mag

Image Source: Rue Mag

Margaux Headboard - Urban Outfitters

Sunburst Mirror (similar) - Wisteria

 

Bedframe - Amazon

Bedroom Wall Sconces (similar) - Lamps Plus

 

Thank you to those of you who have been sending us well wishes about our move. It's been long winded to say the least, and I'm sure some of you are sick of hearing about this 'move' which doesn't seem like it will ever end. Believe me, I feel you! Check in soon for more updates because things are actually moving forward.  I plan to photograph the living room soon of the apartment updates, and in the next few weeks I'll be in Seattle, where I plan to accomplish a lot of decorating in that home. I'm excited to see how all of our stuff will look in the new place!

SPACES | Beds: The New & The Old Part Deux

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Our New Bed | Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

Our New Bed | Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

I wrote in my previous post, that I made the decision to go with a new bed, but of course it didn't come without any challenges. I don't know if it's because we went from a vintage to a new bed and had to make adjustments or if this is a common issue but, I wanted to talk about our silly experience of feeling a little like The Princess and the Pea (for a few evenings) and a lot like Goldie Locks and the three bed elevations...

New beds have much taller headboards than vintage or antique beds and that's often to accommodate the present day, thick mattresses, but also because it's a matter of taste with the mass population believing that bigger is better. If you haven't noticed new homes are larger and virtually all new furniture is larger in scale. Not a trend I'm particularly fond of and also something that just doesn't work in New York City. Our bed is the perfect example as to why. 

When we first swapped the new bed in, I felt a slight bit of hesitation and I knew it was mostly because the new headboard felt really tall! I had to take the advice I often give my clients when they bring something new home, and that was to let it settle in and not make any decisions until after a few days of living with it. The next move was to get a box spring or foundation that would help bring the mattress up slightly, to more within a proper scale of the headboard. My big dilemma though was to choose between a standard foundation and a low profile. My first instinct was to go with the low. I purchased this one from Amazon [here], and felt pretty good about my decision. Then after speaking with a few people and after a little bit of research, I noticed that NO ONE else bought low profile foundations. Especially those with lower profile mattresses which is what we also own. So that led me to call, cancel my first order and reorder the same foundation in a thicker profile. 

Warning, the next few pictures are going to all look like the same picture unless you look a little closer....

The day came when the box was delivered and ohhhh my god, what had I done? It was huge! I felt like I was (no offense to anyone) in middle America or worse yet in a McMansion. The scale of the bed with the full foundation and mattress were just too oversized for our small NYC bedroom. By the way, for NYC it's not that small, you can easily fit a queen size bed in there, which is a true selling point in the Brooklyn real estate market!

The bed with the too thick foundation | Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

The bed with the too thick foundation | Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

The second the delivery person set my mattress on top, I asked him about the exchange possibilities and he told me to call Sleepy's immediately (which is the company where the foundations were locally dispatched from). Lucky me, the customer service associate got the approval to exchange my box spring for a low profile for free! Due to my schedule, we had to wait a few days for the exchange to come and in that time my husband and I joked about how we had felt transported to a hotel, and that I were the real life version of the Princess and the Pea. The dogs could no longer lick my elbow in the morning when they wanted to go for their morning walk and Max couldn't possibly sneak into the bed in the middle of the night. It was definitely fun to live a different kind of life, but only for a few days, thank you! 

LESSONS LEARNED

Don't buy a mattress and box spring that is out of scale for your home, even if it seems like everyone is doing it.  In case you're looking for the right mattress - buy a Simmons Beauty Rest at 13" thick (rather than the common 18") and buy a low profile foundation at 5 - 1/4" high, if a box spring is necessary. The other possibility could be, had we already owned the ultra thick mattress, would be to not purchase a foundation with the bed. 

Second lesson learned, go with your gut! If I had gone with my first instincts, we would have had the right box spring in the first place! 

Same view but showing the bed with the low profile foundation/box spring | Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

Same view but showing the bed with the low profile foundation/box spring | Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

Our bed | Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

Our bed | Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015


To give you an update on my mother's bed dilemma. She also purchased a new bed from Restoration Hardware, because she wanted to upgrade to a queen sized bed. It's really hard to believe but she and my dad have been sleeping on a full bed for over 30 years. The one she chose was the Empire Rosette Sleigh bed, and don't worry about the crown, it's staying and she's figuring out how to make it all work with the new bed. As for the foundation, she also ordered the wrong thickness for her new bed, so they're waiting for the low profile to be delivered next week. 


SPACES | Beds: New & Old, What You Should Know Before You Buy

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My Parent's bedroom, The bed is my Great-grandmother's bed from the 1840's. It's a 3/4 sized bed with a classic full sized mattress. | Photograph by: Michelle Gardella © 2015

My Parent's bedroom, The bed is my Great-grandmother's bed from the 1840's. It's a 3/4 sized bed with a classic full sized mattress. | Photograph by: Michelle Gardella © 2015

Antique and Vintage beds are one of life's beautiful things. They can add charm, romance, glamour as well as sophistication to interiors, which often is difficult to evoke with your mass-market or even designer reproductions. Particular sized vintage or antique bedframes are easier to find than one would expect and even more surprisingly, they can run at a fair price. What many of us don't know however, is that these frames often come along with "issues" that must be dealt with before they can suit a modern lifestyle.  The most important issues to consider are size, support and proportion (which could also fit under size but I'm mentioning this more from a design perspective.) If you've ever looked at any of my bedrooms on the blog or from my instagram feed of my parents house, you can see that I'm an avid owner of antique and vintage bed frames. From the exterior one might think that I've had it easy and everything has worked out perfectly with every bed that I've owned. Unfortunately, that isn't true and I've been keeping a secret from you, as I'm sure other antique bed frame owners have as well. They can be a pain in the a**. . . and there have been several instances where I wish I could have just bought a new bed instead. Which finally, after years of sleeping on antiques I have recently purchased a new. But before I go into those details, I want to inform you about antique beds and if you are considering the purchase of one, what you should know before you buy. 

Our Vintage French Style bed from the 1930's. Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

Our Vintage French Style bed from the 1930's. Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

SIZING

The number one issue that I have learned about antique or vintage beds stems from their sizing.  Standard American mattresses today run accordingly:

Twin - 39 in. X 75 in.

Double/Full - 54 in. X 75 in.

Queen - 60 in. X 80 in.

King - 76 in. X 80 in.

New beds are made to accommodate these widths and lengths. In other countries and in the past however, mattress sizes vary from these standards. In the past fifty years mattress sizes have changed, I'm not sure exactly when but the why I am guessing is due to the size of people. People are taller than they were in the 50s, they're also heavier. So for anyone who buys an antique bed frame, beware.  To start, the twin and full sized beds of yesteryear are sometimes up to a full 6 inches narrower than today's standard frames. Surprisingly, this issue has seemed to not come up in my home but if you do perchance buy one of those sizes, Army/Navy surplus stores sell these size mattresses. Additionally, Military Supply House offers a selection of 30" and 36" width mattresses in both regular and extra long lengths.

Rita resting on my Great-grandmother's bed from the 1850's. | Photograph by: Michelle Gardella © 2015

Rita resting on my Great-grandmother's bed from the 1850's. | Photograph by: Michelle Gardella © 2015

The next size of double or full mattresses have replaced "Three Quarter" sized mattresses or as they used to be called "regular" or "standard". These typically run 47 - 48" in width which is up to six inches narrower than current full sized mattresses. Three Quarter sized mattresses can be found through some companies as custom orders from US Mattress and Antiquebedmattress.com.

Queen sized bedframes are on average a painful 4 inches shorter in length than today's standards. I say painful because lengthwise they fit a full mattress, but widthwise, a queen. That is the scenario that we ran into with our current antique bed. The only option here is to have your side rails lengthened or to live with the smaller difference (which is actually what we ended up doing.) There are some companies that specialize in lengthening and even widening antique bed frames [here].  You can see when you look at the picture of our bed how the mattress goes about 2" beyond the footboard pole. It's not totally obvious, but enough to drive me slightly crazy.

STRUCTURE

Structurally you have to consider the support system and construction of these antique and vintage frames. As one would guess, a 200 or even 50 year old bed (especially if the people sleeping on the beds have a good marriage ;) ) suffer from wear and tear. Also, in many of the vintage iron beds the supports no longer exist. That is because some of they came with that awful gridlike spring system, while others were made with ropes. The solution we found to fix this problem was to cut two pieces of plywood and rest 2 x 4's along the metal siderails. The Ikea bedframes have a similar system. Additionally, you may have to create a center support structure underneath the bed to ensure it will not cave in, which is something that we did. Last but not least, the joints may need to be restored and re-worked so that they are still in working condition.

Shown here is the center support structure Jack built to hold up the mattress, he also affixed two plywood boards for additional support so that the mattress would not sag. Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

Shown here is the center support structure Jack built to hold up the mattress, he also affixed two plywood boards for additional support so that the mattress would not sag. Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

SCALE + PROPORTION

The final issue which deals with both size, scale, and proportion is in regards to the headboards. We discovered that the headboards of today accommodate the ultra-thick mattresses and box springs of today. When I finally upholstered my headboard and we went through all the trouble of creating a new base for the frame, we discovered the mattress I purchased was not only too long, but also too thick. It was heartbreaking to see the beautiful Louis XV headboard that I sought out covered by pillows. To resolve this problem that we came across we had to search for a new mattress, one that was thinner first of all and we were hoping the length would be better as well. In the end we settled on a Simmons Beautyrest, which is the 11" depth a full 6" shallower than our ultra puffy one. It's just a comfortable and looks so much better. You can also see the same issue has arisen in my great-grandmother's bed. My mother has decided to ignore the fact that the headboard is completely covered and added a crown with drapery to pull the eye up, which also solves the issue of scale. One other, easy solution to consider, would be to only use the headboard and to mount it to the wall. However, in our case that wasn't going to work, since we have the chinoiserie screen mounted to the wall and the bed could not be mounted on to that.

Our bedroom with our antique bed frame | photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

Our bedroom with our antique bed frame | photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2015

After sleeping on our current vintage bed for the past 3.5 years we decided to purchase a new bed. I have been eying the Vienne Caned bed from Restoration Hardware, for what I think may be the same amount of time. It wasn't until recently that I decided to splurge on it, especially since there was an amazing sale the last week, which brought the price down from a whopping $2,000 to $1,400 (before taxes and shipping). I've decided hey, we're adults and we know we want a quality bed that will last us the next 30 - 40 years so whats the harm in spending $1500 on a bed? For your information, the details for size and finish: we purchased a queen Vienne, caned bed in weathered oak. I'm in the process of writing a follow up post specifically about foundations (box springs) next, so check in for that very soon, because after purchasing this bed we learned a few other very important details about that aspect!

The Updated Look | Photograph by: Lauren L Caron © 2015

The Updated Look | Photograph by: Lauren L Caron © 2015

In the end, I definitely still have a soft spot for antique and vintage bed frames and I no doubt will be putting my current frame into storage for when we have a guest room or (don't gasp) children... the latter is not in the plans but you never know. Hopefully, this information hasn't scared you too much and that you may still consider a vintage or antique but, please only do so if you know that's truly the look you're going for. My greatest advice would be to make the decision regarding how you would like to invest in your bed, if it is money, purchase new, or pay for a company to adjust an antique to fit a modern mattress, or you will have to invest time into making all of these adjustments yourself.


Bedding Details

I've moved away from any color with my sheets. I've been inspired by the crisp, white hotel sheets.  I have added a throw with a hint of color that I will be able to switch up on the foot of the bed, depending on my mood, but that's it. At some point I may also buy the sheets that have black edging. I'm definitely considering for my next investment and/or treat myself moment, the scalloped sheets by Crane & Canopy. I mean, the tiny bit of detailing is so chic! 

Currently, the quilt, blanket and sheets are from Target & the Euro shams are by West Elm. The silk velvet pillows are from Bergdorf Goodman, Dec Home and the Leopard pillow is something I made myself. 


LIFE | Say Hello To The Latest Homepolish Designer

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"Deco Dreamland" Design by Homepolish Designer Casey DeBois | Photography by Claire Esparros

"Deco Dreamland" Design by Homepolish Designer Casey DeBois | Photography by Claire Esparros

Wow, two posts in one week! You all are lucky. I'm very excited to announce that I recently have been accepted into the pool of talented Homepolish interior designers! If you're not familiar with Homepolish, here's a quick background on the company [in their words here]. Homepolish is a startup founded by two entrepreneurs Noa and Will. Noa, an interior designer and Will, a techie, founded the company because they saw a lack in the industry for affordable interior design. The company works similarly to a talent agency in that they connect the clients to the designers. There's a bigger community on the back end that is wonderful for the designers, including complimentary photography and publishing. And for the clients, designers are carefully selected and matched up, based on the project needs, budget and design tastes. All of the work is charged on an hourly basis, where clients essentially buy hours based on projected timelines and the designers are paid a set fee based on those hours. Lastly, there are perks with retailers under the program called Swatch. With Swatch clients are able to purchase products from their favorite retailers at a discounted rate. In the end everyone wins! 

To be brought onboard I had to complete a design challenge. The initiative was to design a space (furnishings and paint - no cabinetry or flooring) that included a bedroom, living room, and a kitchen or bathroom for under $30k (design fees not included). My client was a young, fashionable textile buyer, who recently moved to New York from LA. The apartment was a one bedroom, in a pre-war co-op building. She wanted her home to reflect her California roots and love of textiles, with hopes to incorporate a few textile cuts that had been collected on buying trips. I included a few pages from the project. And keep in mind, the client & the story is fictitious...

If you have been following the blog for some time you would understand that my design philosophy centers around the concept that everyone should be able to live in beautiful spaces. Our homes are our canvases to narrate the story of who we are and what we love, so it is important that we can do that. In turn, beauty does not have to be expensive, it just has to be pleasing to the creator. 

I'm really looking forward to my upcoming projects with Homepolish and I hope if any of you are interested in their service, you'll take a look at the site. There's a magazine that also showcases past projects by Homepolish designers. If you don't live in NYC, no worries, Homepolish is in over 12 cities around the country! And if you're interested in working with me, feel free to drop me a line. 

SPACES | Major Style in a 325 Sq Ft Apartment

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I met Emily at an event hosted by Octavia & Brown, where we immediately connected over our shared love of interiors and design as well the challenges of being independent professionals. Emily is an interior designer, living and working in NYC and remotely in Houston, TX. She has a strong point of view keeping things classic, tasteful and smart. She's also extremely well mannered, with a kind spirit, not something that you see too often these days. 

Emily has a great location on the Upper East Side, close to all of the compelling amenities including an easy walk to the the D&D building (score!). As is typical in New York, an affordable apartment in a great location means you have to compromise somewhere. In this apartment, the compromise is the size and while it is a little, it is mighty big on style.  Emily has thoughtfully designed the space into 3 separate areas i living, dining and workspace - that are all very functional, making it comfortable and cozy, not crowded and confined. The larger room functioning as the livingroom/dining/work space is all designed in a warm color palette of off-whites, buttery yellows and rich oranges, complimented by deep cobalt blues. A common motif that is cleverly used throughout the space is the classic greek key design that adds an extra does of style to her chairs and couch. This tour has even sparked two ideas to bring into my own home. One being the brilliant use of those popular sea urchins, and the other has me thinking of a way to add dining moment in my living room.

 

Emily shares this home with her boyfriend Jonathan and their sweet, curious kitty Penelope. Jonathan is a musician with several guitars and their accompaniments (all the dreaded "gear"..) which all had to be integrated into the space. I completely understand the challenges of storing instruments and any cords or amps that go along with them. Luckily Jack has a closet.... Penelope is also the kind of cat that likes to find her way into and on top of anything. So Emily must be mindful in keeping she (Penelope) and her fragile items safe. 

The last interesting design challenge that Emily had to work around is the apartment's railroad layout. Which situates the bedroom in the back with view's of the adjoining building's wall. There isn't much of any natural light in the space, so Emily decided to paint the room a deep blue-green that is surprisingly warm and very comforting. The deep walls highlight the integrity of the space, enhancing it's features rather than fighting against them.  

Continue reading to learn more about Emily and this apartment below...

Penelope keeping an eye on things | Photography by Lauren L Caron © 2015

Penelope keeping an eye on things | Photography by Lauren L Caron © 2015

Emily places cards in the brass sea urchin | Photography by Lauren L Caron © 2015

Emily places cards in the brass sea urchin | Photography by Lauren L Caron © 2015

EMILY C BUTLER

325 SQ FT | 1 BDRM, 1 BTH | 4TH FLR WALK-UP | RAILROAD LAYOUT APARTMENT| LENOX HILL SECTION OF UPPER EAST SIDE, NY

Years lived in New York  3.5 yrs

Born in: Houston, TX  | Grew up in: Somerset, KY

Occupation | Where do you work?  Interior Designer + Decorator | Work from home and yes, it's harder than it sounds!

Where do you go to get work done? I have a desk layered behind my sofa. I keep my files, printer, and samples tucked away underneath for easy access. If I need to get out, it is nice to work from pretty spots like Haven's Kitchen for a change of scenery.

Years lived in this apartment: 2.5 yrs

Own / Rent: Rent

Why did you choose to live in this place?  My friend learned her co-worker was giving up his rent stabilized one-bedroom, so I acted fast!

What were the major deciding factors?  Because I was upgrading to a one-bedroom from a studio space and paying less money for it, it was a very clear decision for me.

What is your favorite thing about your apartment? My first apartment was a dark studio on a low floor, so I love that this apartment has two nice size windows in the main living space that bring in a lot of natural light.

What is your least favorite thing about the apartment?  I only have one tiny closet that can't even fit a full size hanger. Sufficient storage is absolutely an issue with this apartment. 

If you could buy this apartment, would you?  I would love to actually. For being a small one bedroom, the apartment is a really functional space. With some storage/closet upgrades, this could be a really terrific apartment. 

What would be one that that you could change to this apartment that you can't do now as a renter?  Increase the amount of storage space. 

If you owned this, what would you do differently? Increase the size of the existing closet and take it all the way to the ceiling to maximize storage, rework the kitchen and take the cabinetry all the way to the ceiling, create a small walk-in closet in the bedroom, where there unfortunately is no closet. The space generally needs some cosmetic upgrades, but it honestly is a great little one-bedroom, I lucked out.

What inspires you?  I'm inspired by people who create real things - art, interiors, music - and really believe in those things. I started my career out in finance where I did a lot of Excel modeling. I didn't realize how frustrating it was to never create anything real until I finished my first interior design project and not only had something to show for it, but a happy client, too.

What or will be your biggest indulgence? My hope is it will be an apartment or home I own some day! I am itching for more space.

What would you call your decorating style? How would you describe it?  To borrow Katie Armour's phrase: Neo Traditional. I love modern twists on the classics, plus a healthy does of pattern + color when it make sense.

How have you decorated - on your one, with hand me downs, hired a decorator/designer?  Lucky for me, I come from several generations of stylish women who just naturally know how to design and decorate. I've inherited many family heirlooms from my mom and grandmother that I've slowly updated with new fabrics/trims over the years, collected vintage finds in my travels, and also mixed in some more modern pieces. I love having a little history around, even if it isn't all mine.

How did you think up the antler tie backs? My parents came for a visit when I first moved in and while I can't remember exactly how they came about, I am almost positive it was a collaborative idea with my dad. I hardly had any surface areas in that first apartment (you know, for deer shed decorating) and I think he had the idea (and elbow) to drill through them and mount them as tie backs.  

What do you like about your neighborhood?  Wonderful proximity to the D&D and the majority of my Manhattan clients.

Any favorite stores or restaurants in the neighborhood?  JG Melon for burgers, Maison Kayser for a sweet treat, and great shopping along Madison. What I really love about living uptown is proximity to so many museums.

Coffee or Tea: Chemex and French Press, I love both

Dishwasher or hand wash: Hand wash, and I hate it. 

Vacuum: Dirt Devil, nothing faaancy! 

Do you buy fresh flowers?  Sometimes! I more often buy plants - herbs and succulents are my favorite things to buy.

Do you cook at home? Eat out? How often?  I cook probably 5 nights a week and make many of my lunches at home, too. While I love my apartment, there aren't that many compelling dining options in the neighborhood, so I am more inclined to go the grocery store than I am to eat out. 

Bake?  More cooking than baking.

How often do you entertain? I used to entertain a lot, but New York can be hard for that. I would say once a quarter is about right, although I wish it was more.

I saw that you have a record player, which is so unique and great. What's your favorite record for cleaning, for cooking, for entertaining (if it's not the same!) I love to mix it up, but it's always fun to pull out all the girls (Carole King, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, etc.) and load them up on the party arm. 

Pets? If so, do you let them on the furniture? Sleep in your bed?  Yes! I have a Maine Coon cat named Penelope. It's Penelope's world, so I am ok with her curling up in her special spots, even though it is on the furniture. I am usually able to keep a reasonable handle on the fur by vacuuming regularly and keeping her brushed.

Because you're a designer...

How would you describe your dream client and/or project? I actually think I have some dream clients and projects in the works right now. I've had a very lucky start getting to work with some young families who have been really receptive to ideas and change and it has been really thrilling growing with them, making their homes not only more livable  but spaces they are proud to share with family and friends.

What is your proudest project? This is a tough one. I'm really hard on myself and am really trying to learn, learn, learn and get better at what I do. I think my Proudest project has to be a work in progress, something coming up, on the tip of my tongue!

If you could have your dream home in the Tri-State area where would it be, what would it be, and how would you decorate it? It's definitely upstate, probably understated. It has big windows, painted floors, and at least two porches. It's filled with antiques, pretty patterned textiles, and collections of this and that. I imagine it to be welcoming, cozy, and just right. 

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