Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the luxuries of a home. It can, in fact, be super luxurious and, simply, less maintenance.
In order to create a New York Luxe feel for this apartment, I chose a rich and sophisticated palette of warm, milky whites with statement pops of black and rich textural greys to make an alluring and inviting scheme.

Using an amazing circle art of French ink paints in the entry creates flow and impact without closing in what could be a narrow corridor. This leads into the living hub, which flows with a striking balance between excitement and sophistication as light is bounced around by striking gold metallics, with pops of greenery to keep things fresh and inviting. The uber-cool kitchen is alive with colour. From the crisp white base, it was simple to bring a little bit of the garden inside with fresh parsley, lemons and delphiniums, layering this with textural timbers and the slick black appliances. The stools balanced the space.
The Globewest wool rug chosen for the living area provides a practical solution to defining a relaxation zone, adding texture and softening the floor space. With the rug as the base it was a matter of building the room from the ground up using dark oaks, brass, soft leather and glass; using a glass coffee table helped to create the illusion of space — it doesn’t close the area in and make it appear smaller, thus naturally inviting us into the outdoor dining area. Using natural teak and light whites the outdoor area is soft and inviting. Teak naturally weathers over time to bring out beautiful hues of silver and grey. Able to withstand the elements, teak is an ideal choice for a piece which is low maintenance with amazing longevity.
Of course, sometimes a stripped down design is what luxury is all about. This sleek and minimalist bedroom still projects luxury but it does so in a whisper. From simple, soft velvety bedcovers to a long and low bed, there is nothing here that isn’t necessary. Clever design always considers elegant yet practical pieces, combining them to create an inviting and intimate, luxurious feel; texture, shape and proportion are priorities. There are no rules — go with what feels good and enjoy the process. And don’t forget there are always designers you can call on. ❐

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