The II Apartment Overhaul

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Having lived in my adorable apartment in the West Village for almost three years my humble abode was in need of a little makeover. Earlier this year I gave my bedroom a small refresh but this particular update was to the living room, a space that I spend most of my time in and the one area where I am able to entertain in be it ever so small.  With such a small space to work with it was without a doubt a design project that was more challenging than anticipated. My ‘Apartment Overhaul’ Pinterest board became split between all white walls and darker paint colors, patterned sofas vs solid brights, gallery walls vs one large statement piece, the list goes on but after doing a few inspiration boards I came to a decision on what this space was going to turn into. I opted to keep my bright statement sofa (PS it is under $600!) that I loved so dearly and overhaul the rest of the room. 

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The grey walls were brightened up with a fresh coat of silver white to really open the space up. I nixed the gallery wall that had been a never-ending work in progress and brought in a gorgeous oversized art piece from Minted’s new fashion-inspired inspired art pieces. This particular painting, Still Not Scared, was the perfect piece to pair with my lime green sofa and vintage silk pillows that I had scored at the Housing Works Design on a Dime event earlier this year. PS: Score 25% OFF any oversized art piece with code CM2015
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My once dark navy blue armoire was given life with a light grey refresh and moved to open the space up even more. With such a small area I needed to create a faux window space that would make my apartment feel bigger than it’s dollhouse size so I added an oversized mirror that I found at a flea market during a recent apple picking excursion. I popped the mirror on top of a mirrored side table to allow for as much light to reflect from the window.

Feature_Ashley_MG_1504Opening up the space by minimizing the amount of large furniture (goodbye giant bookshelf!) did wonders for the room and has forced me to downsize on the number of “unnecessary” pieces in the room. In continuing with the refresh I also took aim at my ever growing wardrobe. I have so many great pieces that I don’t wear regularly and are taking up prime closet real estate in an already small closet so I have started working with the new start-up, Style Lend (check out my interview with them here!) Style Lend allows me to rent out my wardrobe, which they store in a very chic studio in the LES, and helps me refresh my wardrobe from time to time without breaking the bank. So you can rent my Marc Jacobs dress for an entire week for less than a fourth of what it costs, borrow my Prabal Gurung tweed dress for Christmas dinner or grab this fun Badgley Mischka number for one of your holiday or NYE parties!

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