“My client told me she basically wanted to live in an Anthropologie catalogue,” said Bushwick-based interior designer Luna Grey, who came to New York from Philadelphia a few years back and has built her clientele partly on the strength of her online shopping chops.
Grey translated her client’s wish to mean “romantic and Bohemian” decor for the 600-square-foot one-bedroom rental in a prewar building, shared by a soon-to-be-married young couple.
Casual furnishings, layered textiles and a varied materials palette create a lively mix in the living/dining room, while the bedroom is serene and dreamy.
The results might seem to skew a bit feminine, but the male half of the couple is pleased with the extra-deep sofa opposite a wall-mounted TV, “and relaxed about everything else,” Grey said.
The apartment had been freshly painted when Grey came into the picture. She asked her new clients to collect “inspiration images” on Pinterest in advance of their first consultation. “That does a good job of showing me what they like when they can’t put it into words,” the designer said.
The only pieces her clients came in with were a tall wood dresser and a mirror with a gilded frame, both now used in the bedroom. “Literally everything else was purchased online,” said Grey, who stretched the shopping budget of about $18,000 to cover all furnishings, lighting, rugs, window treatments, art and accessories — everything down to the drapery rods.
Then she arranged the furniture, hung the art and styled the apartment, bringing the job in for a landing in about three months.
An extra-deep Maxwell sofa from Interior Define anchors the living space. Nested coffee tables by Willa Arlo Interiors, available from a number of online sources including Wayfair and AllModern, sit on on a colorful Moroccan rag rug found on Etsy.
As in the bedroom, Grey layered the bamboo window shades with sheer linen curtains, hung floor to ceiling.
The Moroccan rug is layered on top of a chunky jute rug for extra pattern and texture.
The Parker media console was found at Pottery Barn.
The intricately carved Maharaja headboard is by Home Decorators, available through Home Depot. Grey found the white dressing table and wide dresser in Restoration Hardware’s Baby and Child department.
The Fela Tassel chandelier, designed by Justina Blakeney, is available from any number of online sources, including Anthropologie, for under $200.
Many other items, including table lamps, came from familiar outlets like Pottery Barn (which also yielded the nightstand and bed platform) and West Elm (the Moroccan rug).
[Photos by Luna Grey]
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