I was delighted to get a call asking me for help to decorate an apartment in New York.

The apartment, in leafy Greenwich Village, has wonderful character which is such a plus in New York. In the living room there is a cosy brick fireplace and there are sash windows throughout. The kitchen even features ceiling beams giving it a slightly French feel.

There are also a few drawbacks when you’re designing an apartment like this, the main one being access via a staircase (no elevator) – and a very narrow staircase at that! It limited the size of the pieces we could purchase but it didn’t dampen creativity one bit.

The brief was a departure from a lot of the work I do as the client wanted a vintage, industrial look. We softened this with texture and colour as although it’s a great look for bars and cafés, it could look hard and unwelcoming in a domestic setting if you don’t mix in other elements and styles.

The client chose a statement bronze sling chair that he particularly liked for the living room and we built the room around that adding other pieces, colours and metals. The wall behind the television is painted a dark slate grey to help it blend into the background.

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Comments from my client:

“Louise was an absolute delight to work with. I had a very unique space, some half-formed thoughts about decor which I was having difficult articulating, and a few odd pieces that I wanted to incorporate. Coming in on short notice, Louise worked with me to tease out my ideas and tastes and formulated an exciting, coherent and very creative design for the apartment, using visualizations and suggestions to get me comfortable. The finished result exceeded all of my hopes. Even better, we came in under budget as she saved me a fortune with creative options and clever design solutions. I can’t recommend her highly enough.” Dan C