A friend of mine just signed the lease on a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan. She owns a large house in Fairfield County but with the children grown and out of the house most of the time, the urban lifestyle was beckoning. Being able to walk down the street for a latte, attend museum openings, or discover interesting shops and restaurants without having to worry about catching the train back to the burbs was too appealing to pass up. For anyone who spent their young adulthood in a city, I think this urge to move back to a city, at least part time, once the kids are out of the nest, is fairly common.
I must confess that I have been entertaining my own dream of a little pied a terre in Charleston. But at the moment, my budget won't permit it so I will live vicariously through my friend. She has asked me to help her decorate her little city nest and I can't wait! It's small but has beautiful natural light which is a luxury in Manhattan. My mind is starting to imagine a charming place, with her art and antiques but uncluttered with a young vibe. So, my friend, if you are reading this, here are some initial ideas for your new place:
I love the idea of a very neutral palette- white, whisper of beige, and black with color from art and accessories. In a small space, it's good to keep things calm visually.
Okay, I know a kitchen renovation is NOT in the works but maybe we can sneak in some fun pendants and create a small nook for a cafe table? Isn't this little bench genius????
Love this headboard (inexpensive) and the pair of end tables that blend into the background,making the lamps really stand out and the space feel larger.
I know you will want to have bookshelves for your books so let's try one of the Ikea hacks of the Billy bookcase. Isn't this one amazing? It looks built-in!
And I know you will need a good pull out sofa for visiting children (and out of town friends!!!) so here are a few to consider:
This traditional english roll arm beauty is from Restoration Hardware and comes in many sizes. It's hard to tell its a sleeper, isn't it?
Here is a highly rated sleeper sofa from Room and Board that would work:
A little more modern is this queen sleeper from Crate and Barrel:
And of course, you will need something attractive for your four legged friend:
Can't wait to come see the place and get to work with you on the urban nest!