Hi everyone! It's Nicole from So Haute and Nicole Gibbons Studio here. I'm super excited to be sharing my favorite room today on LDV and thanks Paloma for inviting me to participate in this fun series! When Paloma asked me to share my favorite room in my home with you, it was a rather easy choice. I live in a one bedroom apartment in New York City (where space is a luxury!) and my living room happens to be where I spend most of my time. It's a very comfortable and serene space with the most lovely natural light pouring through the windows and it's filled with beautiful little treasures that I collected and curated over time. It's very a very personal room that reflects who I am and every piece is a treasure that has its own little story.
Photo: Austin Irving
My apartment is a rental and basically was a boring white box before I moved in so I relied on color texture, layering and lots of personal touches to add dimension to the room and give it character. I should note that my living room is also a multi-functional space which encompasses living, dining and home office. There is lots of seating and my kitchen opens up into the room with a separating island so it's a wonderful space for entertaining.
My draperies are a DIY Ikea hack. I wanted a simple white linen with no lining to really filter the light through so I bought inexpensive white linen curtains from Ikea and added on a greek key tape trim which gives them a luxe look for less! The Louis XV style armchair was an eBay find that I revamped. (See the before & after here)
I defined the living space within the room with the use of area rugs and layered a natural colored cowhide on top of a sisal rug which adds dimension and texture. This photo really shows how all of the different periods and styles of furniture work together. I think mixing things up is so much more interesting and fun that filling a room with matching pieces.
Photo: Annie Werbler for Apartment Therapy
These two photos above offer a glimpse at my TV and office areas. My TV console is actually a simple and inexpensive bookcase from Ikea that I had a custom slipcover made to fit which transformed it into a chic little skirted console that hides all of my TV components and other junk that I don't want anyone to see! To prevent the big black TV from feeling too jarring, I created a little vignette around and now the TV really feels more like part of the decor.
Here's a shot of my office area that features a white Parsons style desk which is a timeless classic. The Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck is another classic piece. The invisible Sapien bookcase provides great vertical storage which is perfect since space is at a premium in my apartment!
Here is my dining area. I'm in the process of selecting a new dining table but I've had this one for a while and it's another inexpensive find from Ikea! The chairs were a Craigslist find that I painted a grayish blue color and had the cushions reupholstered in a Suzanne Rheinstein for Lee Jofa linen. (There's a before & after here) The buffet is also a Craigslist find which has the most amazing brass lionhead drawer pulls. I use it to store all of my serveware, wine glasses, liquor and table linens. My chandelier is Thomas O'Brien's Bryant chandelier from his Visual Comfort lighting collection. The brass has a hand rubbed antique finish that has developed the most beautiful patina over time. I think it's important when you're decorating your space that you take your time and fill it with pieces that have meaning and that you not only aim to make your home beautiful, but it should also be comfortable, functional and adaptable. Creating a warm, inviting space that you love coming home to each day will elevate your mood and make you happy in ways beyond measure. I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my living room and thanks again to Paloma for having me here!