sneak peek: michelle adams


today’s first sneak peek comes to us by way of michelle adams of rubie green, a wonderful company creating eco-friendly printed 100% organic printed fabrics. and although her upper east side home may be small, she proves that it’s possible to have style at any size. click here for full-sized images, and check out more of michelle’s fabric’s here. be sure to check back for second fabulous sneak peek at 1pm! [thanks, michelle!] anne

[Above: Since my apartment is only 325 square feet, I thought it would be important to define separate spaces to make it feel a bit larger.  Here in my living room I have created a mini office area by using a nook in the wall and framing it with a bookcase.  My “desk” is actually a West Elm Chunky Parsons Table, which I have slipcovered in linen and now use to hide all my office uglies like my printer, scanner and office supplies!  The bamboo chair is one of my all-time favorite pieces of furniture, which I scored for a mere $66 at the Williams Sonoma Home outlet and reupholstered in my own Rubie Green fabric!  I’m also a big fan of the Sapien Bookcase from DWR since it allows me to store tons of books in minimal space.  Lastly, I added some flair with my Jonathan Adler lamp (another amazing sample sale deal!) and my ever-evolving inspiration board. ]

This is my living room, where I spend the majority of my time working, hanging out and entertaining.  I am a huge fan of pattern, so I decided to create a neutral color palette in the furnishings, flooring and curtains so that I could add pops of color and pattern without making the space feel cluttered.  Most of the pieces in my living room were purchased at the Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma Home outlets, and I have accented the space with kooky flea market finds that I love searching for every weekend in Chelsea!  I also love modern pieces, such as my Milton Glaser poster and West Elm coffee tables.

My tiny bedroom!  I had the headboard and pillows custom made for a Rubie Green shoot by the Furniture Joint, and every night before I go to sleep I find myself flipping through one of the design books or magazines tucked away in my Ikea bookshelf.

To make the space feel more personal, I added a gallery wall in my “kitchen,” (yes guys, you are looking at my kitchen!  See the stove and fridge?  Just barely;)  and I love it because it’s full of goofy flea market art mixed with special photos.  Even my parent’s prom photo is on my wall!  It’s a neat way to tell my visitors a bit more about myself, and to see the people that make me happy everyday.

I also created small vignettes on my coffee table to add some more color and personality to the space.  The lacquer box is from Pacific Connections and the candle is from Annick Goutal.

In order to add some personality to the space, I hung some shelves on which I created little vignettes! This one has some of my favorite pieces from Oly (the bust) J Crew (necklace) David Downton (fashion print) and Two’s Company (snake tray).

  1. style court says:

    I love seeing Michelle’s home. The necklace on the bust, the gallery wall –so many great ideas! Oh and of course her wonderful fabrics :)

  2. molly says:

    What a lovely little space!

  3. Judith says:

    I have nothing but admiration for what you’ve done with this little space. So charming!

  4. What an adorable home! And such a great use of a small space.

  5. kate says:

    As someone who lives in a 350 sq ft apartment it’s so great to see someone do something so great with a place this size!

  6. mary jo says:

    I love this space–it looks bright and easy to live in!

  7. Heidi says:

    The Sapien bookcase is fabulous. I was wondering how she kept that stack of books from toppling over. : ) I love the ceramic horse on her IKEA bookshelf. Know anything about it? And of course, the gallery wall is so fun and quirky. I have a plan to do the same thing in my little bathroom- probably no family photos, just quirky old magazine ads and such. She did such a great job with a small space! Very inspiring!

  8. Leah says:

    I think this is my favorite sneak peak ever – it’s so lovely!

  9. Melissa says:

    Michelle’s home is so lovely. I love the gallery wall.

  10. Lizzy says:

    Love it! So much personality, yet light and airy.

  11. MsUnreliable says:

    Love the study nook – will definitely be seeing if I can make an artful stack of books, and might even try out my very own desk slip cover – heaven knows I have plenty of “uglies” to hide!

  12. Michelle says:

    Thanks for this post Grace! And thank you all for your amazingly kind comments! I’m seriously blown away :)

  13. kelly jo says:

    love the lamp in the living room and the mixture of photos and art on the gallery wall. fun interest everywhere!

  14. Vee says:

    It is amazing how someone who works with fabrics could use color with such restraint! I would not have been surprised if the house was full of overwhelming colors, but this is really surprising!
    Great house! Love the bamboo chair.

  15. So many ideas I can bring into my own small NYC apartment. Great interview.

  16. dawn says:

    love this place! the first thing i noticed-the laduree macaron box. you have great taste in food as well as design ;)

  17. dolce chic says:

    Her home is so beautiful. I love the inspiration :)

  18. s says:

    the framed pictures going right down the floor is a great touch

  19. Nina says:

    Great space. Looks the size of my old apartment in The Hague (NL) which was a great challenge to turn into something homely without too much clutter. I think you clutter in a very creative and balanced way ;-) Thanks for sharing.


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