Thursday, April 14, 2016

Look to your wardrobe for home decorating inspiration

I’ve spent the last six weeks or so drooling over this edgy, slightly boho, warm and homey Manhattan apartment by designer Rayman Boozer of Apartment 48. You can probably see the drip marks on the photos—my bad!


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Better Homes and Gardens profiled the room in its March 2016 issue, describing it as a “little gem,” and it lives up to its sobriquet. Furnishings were scaled down to suit the 900-square-foot apartment, and colors used were based on the owner’s wardrobe preferences. 


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“The day I met her she was wearing a really vibrant dress,” Boozer says. Even so, owner Kimberly Snead was skeptical those colors would also work in her home. “Once I explained to her that purple, yellow and orange were colors she naturally gravitates to, it helped her realize this palette was for her. They’re happy colors that make you feel good.”

They certainly make ME feel good. I like how the room is feminine and elegant at the same time it’s bright, bold and just a little bit boho. 


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I also like Boozer’s solution to the two wall sconces that couldn’t be removed in this rental property. He simply underlined them with matching bookcases. Genius!! 


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Those same bookcases hold memorabilia from the owner’s travels—items packed away until Boozer’s deft hands styled them to tell the owner’s story. To add a bit of extra drama, Boozer painted the foyer (right) a gorgeous marine blue, pulled from the painting between the bookcases. 

My favorite part of this vignette, however, is the lime green goose nesting under the aqua demilune foyer table. Now that's dramatic!


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The rest of the living room is painted lavender, an atypical choice, but one that seems to work as a neutral backdrop to the gem-like furniture and accessories. It absolutely ties the blues with the pinks and reds. And the touches of brass in the apartment—like the cranes on the coffee table (right) and the stool base and floor lamp in previous pictures—work like jewelry to add bright accents and elegance. 



Boozer heartily recommends the fashion approach to interior decorating. “Most people will take more chances with fashion and avoid color at home,” he explains. “Think of your room the same way you would an outfit: The color of your pants or skirt might be a rug or sofa or other large piece. Your blouse is a side chair or wall shade. And that fabulous statement necklace is the boldly painted chest or ottoman.”

So the next time you're putting together a mood board for a redo, start looking for inspiration in your closet and jewelry box. What makes you feel good to wear? What are you wearing when people compliment you on how you look? Make a mental note, then surround yourself at home with those very same colors, textures and patterns.

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