Much like the Museum of Modern Art, this New York living room feels effortlessly curated, with a Greco-Roman bust and pop art-inspired wallpaper driving the design. A midcentury modern armchair invites the homeowner to sit and reflect in his private gallery.
Boule chandeliers glimmer against the Phillip Jeffries wallpaper in this sleek New York dining room. Curves dominate the space, found in the lighting, the round mirror and the soft curve of the chair backs. The sheen of the fabrics and wallcovering reflect the light that enters the space through massive steel-encased windows.
In this New York bedroom, the designer's goal was to create a space well-suited for a young child but flexible enough to grow with her into her teens. Weitzner wallpaper is a fun yet subtle backdrop for lilac and fuchsia fabrics. Bold pillows atop the Rogers & Goffigon bedding tie in with a chevron-patterned pouf in the room's cozy sitting nook.
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. "But the place just looked gray and dingy," says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment's main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.
"Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn't shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). "To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen," Olsen suggests, "paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you're eye doesn't stop at the ceiling line."
A custom-designed de Gournay wallpaper set the scene for designer Pamela Babey’s depiction of a romantic Venetian garden—after a party—in a vignette for the 2017 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show. A Venetian carved and painted chair, a Danish painted day bed and Chinoiserie-painted wire and wood demi-lune tables are sourced from New York-based antiques dealer Carlton Hobbs.