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One Thousand Saves!

When a perfect stranger comes across an image of a room, and sees fit to add it to an Idea Book they keep online with a title like “Dream House” or even simply “Our New Home”, it gives a girl a thrill to be the designer involved. So it was a happy day last week when Houzz.com let me know that images from my portfolio on their site have been saved over 1,000 times by their users.

NJDhouzz1klogoI’ve been on Houzz for 3 years, and it has proven to be a great way to connect with people who are interested in working with me – around the corner in person, and across the country online. It also illuminates what a more general audience responds to in my portfolio by showing me which images are inspiring them when they think about their own homes.

Last month, Houzz interviewed me about a recent project that they featured as their  “Room of the Day”. Thanks, Houzz!

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Photo credits: All images by Tessa Neustadt, except for the bottom right image in collage by Judson Morgan.

A Quick, Low-Budget Makeover // Minimalism Meets Modern Prep

One of my favorite quickie projects of the year…

This article originally appeared on Apartment Therapy.2

This is a bedroom I designed and installed in just a couple of weeks. My clients were a recently transplanted east coast couple, reluctant to commit to their new west coast life in a rented house. They wanted to furnish this room quickly with inexpensive pieces that they wouldn’t mind parting with in the event of another cross-country move.

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But they also wanted their room to feel like a quiet, uncluttered haven that reflected them personally. I hit the flea market and my favorite accessible retailers and gave them a bedroom that is a bit modern, a bit Swedish and a bit preppy. There are splashes of happy color and cozy texture in the details.

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Our starting point was the walls, which went from beige to a very light and subtly celestial blue (Ralph Lauren Paint’s Ephemera). 

My favorite thing in the room is the print, which sets a playful and romantic tone. This couple got married in Bermuda! So I sourced reproduction vintage travel posters featuring the destination, and asked them to pick the one that most resonated with them. Their choice gave me some pretty colors to play with, and when I found the Vera Bradley-esque quilt and shams, it all clicked against the quiet backdrop of pale blue and white.

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We scouted a pair of vintage bedside chests to give the room more unique character. They had a chalky finish, so we painted them in a semi-gloss for a cleaner look and feel. Key to this room’s design is the industrial styling of the bedside lamps. Along with the straight lines of the furniture, they lend the space a modern and masculine edge to balance the pastels and prettiness.

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Ikea’s ever-practical Hemnes dresser is a clean-lined chameleon, changing according to the hardware you put on it. We upgraded this one using gorgeous china knobs with a gold pattern from Anthropologie. And after trying out 4 different table lamps, we went with a wood one to break up all the glossy white with something organic.

7The bench was slated for the foot of the bed, until we found these brass and marble hooks from Anthropologie. Teamed with a fuzzy sheepskin and a pair of eye-catching laundry baskets, all the pieces make up a dressing area vignette – and my client’s chicest handbags and pretty floral robe became art!

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Photographs by Tessa Neustadt

SOURCES
Melrose Trading Post flea market – vintage bedside chests (painted Behr Swiss Coffee)
Ikea – Hemnes 8-drawer dresser, Ranarp bedside lamps, Omvaxlande tray, Rens faux sheepskin, Ensidig vase
Anthropologie – Byzantine knobs (dresser hardware), Circlet brass and marble wall hooks
Target – table lamp and shade, bench, rug, throw pillow (none are still available!)
World Market – Watercolor Ogee quilt and shams, Valeria frame, cloche candle, baskets
Allposters.com – Bermuda reproduction vintage poster, framed
Bed Bath & Beyond – bed-skirt
Joann Fabrics – headboard foam and fabric
Home Depot – headboard frame materials
Clients’ own bed, linens and drapes

Recently Completed // A Dreamy Nursery

I have been dying to share this recent project on the blog, and now that it has been featured on Apartment Therapy, I can! This was a special one for me – a nursery I designed for my little friend, Schuyler. She is 17 months now, and her parents and I go way back. This room had great natural light as a starting point. We wanted the decor to feel soothing, but include lots of playful touches. If you like what you see, here are some ideas you might use.

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1. If a guest bed must be included, make it feel like a cohesive part of the nursery. We did this with loads of pillows, and a garland strategically hung above. They define the bed as a lounge for Schuyler to read, play, and cuddle with her favorite people.

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2. Be game for a gray nursery. It can be a great (and gender-neutral) base for so many colors and patterns that you can mix in with art and textiles. The importance of painting samples on the wall and considering them at different times of the day can not be overstated! The color we settled on (Behr Silver Drop) highlights all the white pieces in the room, and acts as a foil for a layering of peach-y pinks in our accessories.

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3. Layer on the texture. From the macrame-like chair upholstery, to the felt garland adorning the bed, to the velvety cottons and fluffy shags of the pillows, this room has plenty of subtle interest in its mix of textiles.

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4. Keep it from looking cookie-cutter. Basic white furniture is a good standard for a nursery, but add some interesting hardware. We chose drawer pulls with a carved texture and a silvered finish for the dresser.

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Also avoid the catalog look by mixing in some organic pieces. The different wood finishes of the armchair and the little vintage chair lend this room some individuality and rustic warmth.

Neustadt-445. Personal touches are key!  The silver sailboat sculpture on the dresser is a nod to Schuyler’s East-coast family culture.6In style, the sailboat was a good counterpoint for a preppy “S” monogram over the crib. The sweet Labradoodle rocker is a miniature of the family’s real-life pet. And the final piece of the design, the abstract painting on canvas, was done custom for this room by my talented assistant, Anna. We approached it as a quick DIY project, and it ended up being a focal point that makes the room feel modern, fun and unique.

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Here are the resources – all very accessible, because nurseries aren’t forever!

Sources
Crib, dresser – Giggle
Dresser hardware- World Market
Drapes – Pottery Barn
Armchair – Urban Outfitters
Kid’s chair – vintage
Rug – Pattern Society
Garland – Land Of Nod
Woven basket, floor lamp, multi-colored pillows – Target
All other pillows, sailboat sculpture – Pier One
Frames, Bedspread and Boucle Throw – Ikea
Bedskirt – Bed, Bath & Beyond
Crib Sheet – Aiden + Anais
Painting – Custom original by Anna Tichon