One Room Challenge: Week No. 2

One Room Challenge Spring 2016 Inspiration — Gabrielle Savoie

Time for an #ORC update! Full confession: I haven’t actually started ordering yet (eek), but I mostly know where I’m going—and it looks something along the lines of the design boards below. I’m basically using some existing furniture from my last apartment—my bed, bistro table and barstools, and infusing them with new accents and personality. You might remember from Week 1 that the marble top of my bistro table shattered in the move, but I’m hoping to get it restored (fingers crossed). It fits so perfectly in the sunny corner nook of my apartment, and it feels wasteful to replace it for a near identical option.



One of the first things you notice when walking into my apartment, is how the builder grade pendant lighting really clashes with my overall décor—picture girly chrome drum pendants—but not in a good way. So I’m really hoping that my super will allow me to switch them to prettier alternatives. The main one that hangs above my bed is also very off-centered—which really grinds my OCD gears, so the plan is to loop the new one with a ceiling hook, and center it above the bed.

The next main point of importance is storage: I need more. I fell in love with this Blu Dot cabinet because it has half drawers, and half doors with shelves. Across from the dresser, I was hoping to squeeze in a tiny loveseat, but after measuring last week—I really only have 3-4 feet to work with, so a large lounge chair will have to do. So far guests have been sitting on my bed, which is very middle school chic. I’m keeping all my new furnishings really light and bright to  not overwhelm the already crowded space, and also because it’s pretty.

For windows, I’m also going super light and airy—I’m thinking minimal white linen roller shades with an inside mount, but I could also go really breezy like in the room above—what do you guys think? Tailored to perfection, or breezy boho?

One Room Challenge Spring 2016 Inspiration — Gabrielle Savoie



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Two Ways to Style Nesting Tables



Nesting tables are the best for styling and decorating spaces. They effortlessly create a naturally layered look that works in virtually any room of the house. When World Market challenged me to style a piece of furniture in two different ways, this set of Pastel Priya Nesting Tables were an obvious choice.

Using the guest rooms at Coqui Coqui Mérida (above) as a jumping point for color inspiration, I set out to create two different spaces—one living room and one bedroom—both using the Pastel Priya nesting tables as an accent table. I love the blend of the dark plum tones with the muddy greys and brass accents.  Do you have a favorite space? Tell us in the comments below.




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Photo: Paul Costello via T Magazine

#MCM: Inside Charlie Ferrer’s Manhattan Studio

#MCM: Inside Charlie Ferrer's Manhattan Studio • @SavvyHome


“Everything here is kind of a mix of things I show, things I collect personally, things that are on consignment from other dealers.”

—Charlie Ferrer

#MCM: Inside Charlie Ferrer's Manhattan Studio • @SavvyHome

#MCM: Inside Charlie Ferrer's Manhattan Studio • @SavvyHome

#MCM: Inside Charlie Ferrer's Manhattan Studio • @SavvyHome

#MCM: Inside Charlie Ferrer's Manhattan Studio • @SavvyHome

#MCM: Inside Charlie Ferrer's Manhattan Studio • @SavvyHome

#MCM: Inside Charlie Ferrer's Manhattan Studio • @SavvyHome

#MCM: Inside Charlie Ferrer's Manhattan Studio • @SavvyHome

#MCM: Inside Charlie Ferrer's Manhattan Studio • @SavvyHome

Apartment, office, showroom: this stunning Greenwich Apartment is all three to young designer Charlie Ferrer. And the result is stunning. It might in fact be one of the most beautiful Manhattan apartment I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe ever. I’m not surprised: Ferrer is one stunning furniture collection.  And I’m putting it all straight to my dream house wish list. Most of the pieces in the apartment—the bedroom chandelier, the dining chairs, the mirrored dresser—are part of Ferrer’s furniture collection. Other objects are on consignment for other dealers. The showroom/apartment can be visited on appointment, and virtually every single object in the space can be purchased (with a very healthy budget). Can you imagine the discipline?

The monochrome blue-grey painting with the moroccan beni ourain rug and the brass sconce might be my favorite vignette of the house., but truthfully I wouldn’t change one single thing. And I don’t throw around these words lightly.



Photos: Courtesy of AD Espana and Paddle8

Decorating Around a Vintage Chair (A Chairish Challenge)

Olivia Palermo • Decorating Around a Vintage Chair (A Chairish Challenge)


Vintage marketplace Chairish challenged me to design a room around one of their vintage chairs… Here’s what I came up with.


When online vintage marketplace Chairish asked me to design a room around one of their vintage chairs, I knew I had to start by picking a fictional client (see exhibit OP above). For the purpose of the challenge, this gal lives in NYC, works in fashion, leads a busy lifestyle, is a little short on space but needs a space that’s just as suited for winding down, or entertaining for a few girlfriends (or a date)!

I was initially hesitating between a few chairs (this one and this one were both strong contenders), but as soon as I found this artwork, I knew the denim Z chair was the way to go. Everything else came together naturally after that.

Decorating Around a Vintage Chair (A Chairish Challenge) on @SavvyHome




Don’t be afraid to re-upholster a chair with good bones. Most vintage chairs (midcentury especially) don’t require a lot of fabric and they are easy to re-upholster.


Repeat the color or pattern of a fabric. This will create continuity in the room. For example, the denim fabric in this room is repeated in the denim jacket in the photography on the wall.


Don’t try to match the wood. Don’t pass up a great vintage chair because you’re afraid the wood tones won’t match your floors or other furniture you have. As long as you break the room up with plenty of textures, patterns and textiles, the different wood tones will blend together.


Keep a neutral base. If you’re hunting for the perfect vintage chair for a room, try to keep the main furnishings neutral. This will increase your changes of making everything blend together well.


Dress it up. Vintage chairs often come with minor wear and tear, small stains, etc. If the blemishes are not big enough to justify an upholstery or refinishing job, dress up the chair with a pillow or a throw.


Be consistent with the period. To avoid making your room look like a flea market stall, be aware of the period of the chair, and add a few other pieces reflective of the same era in the room. You don’t have to re-create a retro wonderland—a simple lamp, rug or artwork will suffice.


Bring it up to today’s taste. Now that you’ve paid attention to the period of the chair, bring it up to today’s taste with contemporary artwork or a trendy piece of lighting.



Midcentury Selig Style Walnut Z Chair | Calypso St. Barth Icelandic Sheepskin Rug | Lambert & Fils Beaubien Sconce | Trenched Glam By Ulrich Knoblauch | St. Frank Amber Fort II | Stilnovo Grasshopper Floor Lamp | Kelly Wearstler Monolith Side Table | West Elm Steven Alan Sofa | Anthropologie Folkthread Coffee Table | The Line Beni Ourain Rug | Mud Australia Porcelain Tear Vase