When Mary Grace (pictured here with her new pup Stitch!) wrote asking for help with her newly acquired Greenwich Village apartment I was thrilled. With its high ceilings and large windows, the apartment was a beautiful envelope for design on a budget. Fortunately Mary Grace already had living room furnishings, so after styling it we were able to spend on just four concentrated areas: flushing out a partially furnished bedroom; designing a dining room from scratch; creating a guest bedroom in the lofted second floor and making use of dead space in a long, angular entryway.
The dining room is a perfect example of the entire apartment’s aesthetic – blending high and low design into a pleasant mix that doesn’t break the bank. We found a Blu Dot table on Craigslist. The high bureau at left is an Ikea purchase. The antique mirror is a sale find from ABC Carpet & Home. Restoration Hardware armchairs add height and texture while the Blu Dot leather arm chairs are practical for spills and food crumbs. Because the dining room is part of an open space and is connected to the living room, we opted for a bench along the opposite side. Mary Grace can sit on the bench and face the living room/tv without having to hassle with turning a chair around. It’s a simple, but beautifully executed design with raised lips on either side so that eventually it will keep a long pillow in place on the top. All the credit for the creation goes to Brooklyn’s August F. If you ever need woodworking or custom design projects I can not recommend them enough.
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