A Room for Living in NYC
In some ways I consider New York home more than anywhere else. I feel very lucky to be a part of this city and I’m in love with its liveliness. Even when I’m just sitting and trying to get work done in my apartment, watching the bustle of Bleecker Street is one of my favorite things to do.
To optimize the view, I made my living room the real focal point of my New York habitat. More than anything I wanted this room to really feel lived in and comfy. It’s the place where my girlfriends and I flop down for snacks and good gossip or where a dinner party naturally congregates for dessert and one last bottle of wine. It’s also where I’m trying to write this blog right now and a very demanding set of puppy eyes are trying to distract me.
Everybody, including my dog, seems to flock to this room. In the winter, I keep the fire going for both the warmth and that fresh pine smell – otherwise it’s a mix of flowers and scented candles. A few antique store finds also adorn the fireplace – a bronze screen (the history of which I’d love to know), a marble clock (you’ll learn I have a thing about clocks) and an old frame my mother and I hung a well-worn book in. I think books are a really beautiful way to bring character into a room’s design – and of course, many of them are there for reading. The largest under the orchid is an old NY Times periodical and I have some old Harpers Bazaar booklets I love flipping through too.
Restoration Hardware is one of my go-to stores for the rustic, cozy look I tried to capture in the space. This leather couch is such a special piece for me and I could easily spend an entire rainy New York afternoon curled up here with a cup of cocoa and a cozy blanket. The central chandelier in the room is also an RH purchase, but I wrapped the cord with rope for a homespun touch.
Hope you love the look of this space! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a needy dog that is winning this ‘give me attention’ game.
Photos by Melissa Behrens