I recently wrote a piece for Time Out New York's Home Design issue about a two-bedroom apartment in Murray Hill. Rachel, who lived in the apartment was just about the sweetest person I have ever met, and while our decorating tastes are decidedly different, I learned a few things from Rachel when I interviewed her.
First, Rachel is a serious planner, and I learned that it pays to really plan. Rachel showed me her notebook in which she had comparison shopped various furniture pieces in her home against similar pieces from different retailers--complete with SKU numbers, prices, etc. When it finally came time to make her purchases, Rachel was certain in her choices.
Second, I was reminded to embrace my apartment's flaws and charms. Rachel's apartment has several decidedly quirky features, including a Mexican-tiled backsplash in the kitchen (below) and boldly mosaic-ed floors in the bathroom (sadly, it did not appear in the final story). Having lived in a perfect, luxury high-rise prior to her Murray Hill digs, Rachel appreciated these details for their imperfections -- a sort of wabi-sabi philosophy. It made me realize I should just learn to love my brown-tiled bathroom -- it works perfectly fine, after all.
Third, Rachel reminded me to have fun. She decided she wanted a girl-y, pink boudoir for a bedroom, so she created one. Decor and design don't have to be so serious, and I loved Rachel's playful attitude. One detail I'm planning to steal from Rachel: A bucket of crayons and a pad of paper laid out on the coffee table for guests to play with (see below).