Wednesday’s Wink … { small space = 3 functions }

Happy Wednesday!!! I’m off to a design presentation today in Brooklyn - where I will be showing my client the designs I created for her living room (w/media area + dining area), guest room (with a lil bit of Moroccan favor added, plus bedroom design (incl. roman shades that pull down from the top + up from the bottom) …. I’m SO excited to reveal the design!

Today’s post are pics of a living room design that I created for Christopher - one of my clients in Astoria, Queens. My client was a young bachelor that had just moved into his 1st apartment. He was keeping a tv stand (donated by the previous tenant … yeaahhh … I love when my clients can save money, it was in great condition so we used it in the design). Chris also spotted a sofa that we loved + purchased on his own, so with those 2 items in the room and learning more about Chris’s likes and dislikes, I created a furniture placement layout that opened up the room to incorporate a lounge area for him and his pals to watch sports, dining space, and bar area (which also served as his ‘library’ .. hmmm, I guess that makes it 4 functions!!). I sourced the dining table, chairs, coffee table pillows, ….


… ummm .. ok I sourced practically everything u see in the photos (minus - the books). The ‘design trick’ to maintain a small room from looking crowded is adding furniture items that are NOT bulky - like this amazing coffee table (super strong and yet NOT bulky):

Here is a BEFORE photo of the first time I saw the apartment:


Here’s the transformation … including a grown up dining area (yeaaaahhh!!!), and a sophisticated bar shelf within the bookcase .. strategically (nice word huh!!!) placed aside the dining table:


Here’s a closer look of the high appropriate ‘bar area’ - drinks anyone?? Fuzzy Navel <- that used to be my fave drink back in my party days!


Here is the BEFORE pic of other side of the room:


Here’s the AFTER pic with … loveseat, FUNKY clock, large mirror, etc.:


One of my fave items for this client was the frame I created highlighting his goal and passion (seen above the sofa). Wanna  guess what it is? Hint … comic books! Ok, that was not a hint … that was straight out telling you what he loves. Here’s the scoop: my client intends to one day write/produce his own comic book (aka: ‘novelty’ books) - so as SOON as I heard this I knew I had to illuminate what he loves within the room .. so besides adding the wall system bookshelf, and the window bookshelf, I also recommended FRAMING pages of a book series that he owned (and had duplicates of)…. and so that we did …. I still remember seeing his face LIGHT up when I presented the idea - mission accomplished = happy client with an economical  design.  

Next week’s Wed’s Wink we are featuring one of my e-decorating designs (for a client in Boston, MA) .. I hope u stay tuned! Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

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10 Responses to Wednesday’s Wink … { small space = 3 functions }

  1. homestilo says:

    It’s great the amount of seating that you were able to bring in into such a small area.

    • Ada says:

      Seating was def a priority, I always ask my clients to give me their wish list …. such as seating X amount of people .. then I take over aiming to accommodate while keeping the look stylish!

  2. anastasia says:

    it looks great!!! i love the coffee table - the streamlined look makes it look so spacious! great job!

    • Ada says:

      Bingo .. that was the goal (yaaay) .. have a coffee table that keeps the space feeling spacious while strong enough for my client + his buds :)

  3. Michelle says:

    Look great Ada! I love that a bachelor hired an interior designer. I think that’s one of those things that should happen more often!

    • Ada says:

      About 40% of my clients are men .. and I am very proud of all of them for taking the steps to create a home that is stylish, comfortable, and reflects THEM.

  4. Victoria says:

    I love love love the bookshelf! And I like the little pop of tropical color with the bar area!

    So cute!

    • Ada says:

      Glad u like the bookshelf / bar area design … seeing bookshelves in an unexpected ways (not JUST for books!) :)

  5. These are my favorite posts because I love to see what you do with such a small space. Do you recommend white walls for most small spaces?

  6. Nina says:

    Great job Ada!

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