This year Apartment Therapy returned with their "Small Cool Contest" for smaller apartment spaces. I placed in the top 10 a few years ago, and thought it would be fun to enter again, with my new apartment this time—albeit with little preparation, especially since I didn't learn about the contest until a day or two before! I didn't win, but it was fun to participate. Here's my latest home:

I love the floor to ceiling windows here, and it's quite high, so I chose to bring the sky in with Benjamin Moore's Breath of Fresh Air, and the rest of the space is Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White. Sky and clouds! It has a wonderful effect in the daytime. The glass-legged desk and brass pulls are both from Amazon, and along with the Starck ghost chair, my workspace doesn't obstruct those views. An IKEA shelf and cabinet inserts with matching brass pulls create helpful book and art storage. The lavender poof was acquired on a trip to Morocco.

I love this china cabinet, filled with travel mementos and vintage platters. The dining chairs are Ballard Designs; the Saarinen-like table is IKEA.

A trusty eBay credenza, vintage store lamps, and family pieces round out the living space.

I was only able to paint the one accent wall, so the bedroom stayed bright white—vintage bamboo screens and a valence soften the effect a little. Almost all the furniture is from antique shops. The orange and white patterned fabric is by Vern Yip, and the throw is a Marrakesh find. A collection of brass pagodas found in Beijing rest on the desk (which doesn't fit the space, but I'm unwilling to part with it!).

A bit of black and white glam dresses up the bath, which includes towels by Nate Berkus and vintage boxes.

Thanks for coming on the tour!


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