(via Elle Decor, photography by Eric Piasecki)
One of the things that immediately draws my eye to a room is the mix – the balance of new and old, smooth and textured, solid and patterned. It’s the balance of materials, the energy in the collision of colors and styles. The New York City apartment of Jackie Astier demonstrates just how powerful this force can be, and makes you want to walk in and touch and feel the many layers of each room. I love the way that a masterful pairing can bring a striking contrast to a room, and these spaces are full of them. From the forest wallpaper in the kitchen to the adventurous headboard shape and pink grasscloth in the bedroom, there’s a lot to take in when looking at each space. In the living room above, the wood-plank wallpaper sets a rustic backdrop with a deep, tufted velvet sofa and burl side tables anchoring the room. The mirrored panels bring an interesting texture to each corner and the illusion of extra space, while the large floor pillows invite casual seating.
The dining room might be my favorite room, with 10 coats of custom lacquer on the wall and large brass bases supporting the table with glamour. The French 40’s dining chairs in teal velvet sit like jewels on the fur rug. The textures are surprisingly soft for a dining room, but surely create an intimate setting for a fantastic dinner party.
I love the fabulous shades of pink in this layered bedroom. From the incredible headboard shape to the comfortable seating area at the end of the bed (not to mention the fur rug), the room feels plush and inviting yet keeps a contemporary edge with the mid-century sofa and modern coffee table.
Which room in this glamorous flat did you love most?