July 30, 2014

Wednesday Whim - Mellow Monochrome in New York

 images via The New Design Project via Home Adore (Photography: Alan Gastelum)

When it comes to living in the city, one has to accept also living in small spaces. Designing for small spaces can often times be more challenging than bigger spaces. You have to consider the size and the functionality of the furniture you put in without sacrificing aesthetics and square footage.

Being a city gal like myself, I'm always looking for design inspiration. That's why I'm so attracted to this New York rental apartment designed by The New Design Project. The space is modern yet cozy and functional, which is a definite feat to pull off. The monochrome color palette and blend of refurbished, new and custom-made pieces create a cohesive living space with plenty of personality. 

{more design details can be found here and here}

 Low stools fashioned from upholstered cable reels and made by The New Design Project // B&W prints, wooden shelf with gold leaves and hand made ceramics with gold leaves details. All made by The New Design Project

Urban Outfitters industrial shelving unit styled with vintage books, number hooks and plant

 School desk, Gustavian inspired metal lamp (Mother of Junk), handmade crumpled Belgian linen cover

Custom made cage pendant with wooden bobine (Overspray - Etsy)

Painted Mattel Plastic letters (Ugly Luggage in Williamsburg)

 Metal stools (Etsy), plaster vintage statue (antique shop in NYC) and custom concrete bar pendants

 Walnut Butcher Block countertop (Lumber Liquidator), B&W Moving tiles (Nemo Tiles), stainless shelf and milk bottles (Crate & Barrel)

Matte metro tiles backsplash and grey kitchen: San Antonio Gray (Benjamin Moore) and unfinished cabinet from the Kitchen Cabinet Depot

 Gray tranquility (Barren Plain - Benjamin Moore) throughout accessorized with stencils, round mirrors (Urban Outfitters), painted dresser (IKEA) with custom pewter handles

Matte Arctic white tiles (Daltile), penny tiles, stencil, reclaimed sink and galvanized sconce

Gray cozy bedroom with jute pillows, grey Madrugada cushion by Abigail Ahern, Breezy grey throw and dark wood and leather shelf (CB2), custom made industrial cage pendants (Etsy)


  1. Wow, I've got some serious apartment envy right now- this place is gorgeous. I wish I could hire someone to do up my place like this. Even though I've been living in my apartment for nearly 2 years, it remains largely undecorated!

  2. i am so impressed when people in tiny NYC apts can create such gorgeous spaces. i think minimalist design really suits NYC well. it makes the apt seem so inviting!


  3. wow I love the look of this apartment. must check out that design site! couldn't believe that metal shelf was from urban outfitters. I live in the city too and definitely am trying to get creative with storage options!


  4. Nancy,
    Great inspiration and unique ideas for making a small urban habitat feel large and welcoming! Love all of the finishing touches and the eclectic style! I just renovated my city apartment, and am almost done ... so this was great timing.
    xx, elle

  5. wow I love how clean and chic this apartment looks like! xx

  6. oh my gosh. it's beautiful here. and i love that industrial shelving!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! So crisp!


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