Home Tours: Inside a Old-Meets-New NYC Apartment
Andrea is a great believer in taking time to create your home’s signature look, and letting it evolve as your tastes do. See inside her Lenox Hill apartment, where she lives with her husband Mike.
Finding Her Own Style
While it might have taken some time, Andrea feels like she's finally getting comfortable with creating her own old-meets-new style. "I have very expensive taste. The first interiors that grabbed my attention were filled with unimaginably expensive design pieces. But some friends asked me what it was that I liked about these spaces. It was actually the mid-century style," Andrea explains. "They told me to let those elements inspire me and to recreate the feel with more affordable alternatives. You just need to stay true to what you like.”
"Lenox Hill is a beautiful area to live, and I love the mix of old-meets-new. It’s a nice contrast of these old pre-war buildings with sleek, modern furniture inside. My favorite corner is with my Shell Chair, where I can sit and read. The contrast between the old-style finishes of the room with the sleek shape of the Shell chair is something I love."
A Natural Touch
There’s more to styling your home than picking a wall color and some furniture. Lighting, textures, materials and those trinkets that add a personal touch are the layers that take your house to the next level. For Andrea, it’s plants, “I love having a mixture of house plants, fresh cut flowers, and naturally dried flowers. I find it calming to have something natural inside, especially in a busy city.”
Choose Things That Bring You Joy
As Andrea has built up her own style, she's learnt not to do too much. “I don’t think you should overthink design or slavishly follow trends, just fill your home with whatever makes you happy. I’m very particular about the things I surround myself with, it’s very Marie Kondo but I want to look around and see things that bring me joy.”
Lighting up a Room
People underestimate the importance of good lighting. “These windows are amazing for letting the light in, but I like to have different options”. Andrea likes to have lots varied lighting within one room, “from freestanding floor lamps to table lamps and statement pendants. Reflections from mirrors and flickering candlelight add atmosphere.”