The word “busy” seems to be the most used word in the English language these days, but if you live in the city you know that moving from point A to point B, running errands, keeping appointments and even socializing can be a second job. At times, it can become chaotic. When the team at Decorilla, a fresh and affordable interior design firm, took to revamping a rented penthouse tucked between the Rose Hill and Nomad neighborhoods in New York City, the goal was to turn the space into a modern oasis for its often-traveling very busy tenant. They teamed up with botanical expert, Mary Ann Rounseville, around the green design, bringing nature and plants into the apartment to give it an added layer of restorative and welcoming energy.
The design of the apartment is a beautiful example of Decorilla designer Christine Martin’s creative sensibility – eclectic modern. She collaborated with Maylasian designer Ibrahim Husin on most aspects. The duo had a preference for natural materials – leather and wood furniture pieces flaunt clean lines and attractive textures, like the Bennet sofa from eco-friendly Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Soho Concept’s sustainably designed Rebecca wool chairs boast earthy pops of color. These, along with the solid walnut dining set artfully combine modern and comfort.
“The client’s schedule and lifestyle in NYC is pretty busy; it’s about movement. We wanted to create a relaxed space that is timeless and chic in style. The result is a design that combines high quality pieces with impacting accessories,” states Christine.
When it came to the real finishing touches: personal accent pieces, original artwork, lighting in the form of fantastic geometric shapes and the plants, the space transforms into a genuine home away from home.
“In my experience,” shares Mary Ann, “I find that most city dwellers buy plants to feel connected to nature and also to soften their environment, to turn it into a personal sanctuary where they can escape from the city noise. And plants makes a space feel like home, especially for renters.”