As many of you know, I’ve been based in NYC for about 4 years now, with a short stint in Paris. I’ve always had love for both cities for different reasons and in my imagination, I feel like there has always been a love affair between Paris and New York City with Paris being the feminine and New York City, the masculine. I’m very grateful to have called both cities my home. For the past 5 years, I was traveling for work about 80% of the time and though I moved to NYC in 2016, I never felt like a true New Yorker because I was never here. That is, until the pandemic hit and the city went into complete shutdown on March 14, 2020. I locked the door and didn’t come out for awhile. This experience completely flipped my world upside down and I was forced to adapt. But I’m no stranger to tough times and every time I’ve experience tough times, a creative project was always the cure so I decided to become my own interior designer and create a space that was not only cozy and truly felt like home, but also made me feel like I was in Europe, which is my happy place.
I moved into this apartment exactly one month before the pandemic with nothing but my clothes and the old furniture the previous owners had left for me so I was completely starting from scratch. I consider myself an old, romantic soul who should have been born in Europe during a different era so that’s what I wanted my home to reflect. And so, I’m excited to share all of these pieces that came together to make my house a home!
Gallery Wall by Printique
I’ve always wanted to create a gallery wall in my home but I never got around to it in my previous apartments until I discovered Printique, an Adorama company. Based out of Brooklyn, the photo lab prints the highest of quality products like the canvases I opted for my gallery wall. Printique not only produces the highest of quality products, their website is super user friendly and their shipping is fast (especially during a time when shipping has been so slow!) They offer books, albums. wall decor and more. Use promo code DAME20 for 20% off!
Mid-Century Modern Velvet Sofa
I opted for the Sven Pacific Blue 72″ Velvet Sofa by Article which I absolutely love. It’s deep and almost feels like a sofa bed without the pull-out feature. This color is gorgeous too and went well with the brushed gold accents in my apartment.
Red Persian Rug
I opted for a red Persian rug to add a little bit of Middle Eastern flair that reminded me of my upbringing (I’m Iraqi!) and the faded red color was a great contrast to the Pacific Blue sofa. I also love the vintage look adding to the European look I was going for. The price point is really great for this rug too.
Gold Coffee Table
I opted for a glass and gold trimming coffee table which I love. the size is perfect and the details are feminine.
Candles from Brooklyn Candle Studio
The Travel Candles by Brooklyn Candle Studio are a must have in any jetsetter’s home. They have candles inspired by anywhere from the Catskills to Tokyo to the Tuileries gardens in Paris. I love their minimalist design and their scents inspired by nature are simply beautiful. Some of my favs are the Broolyn and the Italia candles.
Paris to New York Hooks
I obviously fell head over heels in love when I saw these Paris to New York hooks! They’re perfectly placed right by my door and I use them to hang my keys, mask and hat but you can also use them in your bathroom as a towel hook.
La Toilette Bath Mat
It doesn’t get more Parisian than this bath mat for the bathroom! I had to immediately get it!
Decorative and Well Made Storage
I felt like it was nearly impossible to find great looking but also durable storage that weren’t cheap plastic and bulky until I found Open Spaces. Their post-industrial steel Wire Baskets offer exceptional durability and they’re so beautiful and their Storage Bins store everything from shoes and garments to appliances and cleaning supplies with a durable set of stackable bins.
Chic and comfortable Desk and Chair
With most of us working from home these days, it’s now more important than ever to have a really great at home office. I searched high and low to find a desk and chair that were chic, comfortable and most of all, not bulky. I finally found this Mid-Century Art Display Mini Desk and this Blush Pink and Brass Office Chair that is so gorgeous.
Smeg Vintage Fridge
This Smeg fridge has been on my wish list forever so I finally pulled the trigger and went for it and I do not regret it one but. It’s a bit of a splurge but it’s a staple that you will have for a long time and it really added so much character to my space! I chose the neutral Cream color in case I want to change up my color palette design in the future but there are so many fun colors such as pink, cream etc!
Gold Antique Chandelier
This antique and elegant gold 6-Light Candle Style Chandelier truly added the Parisian touch I was looking for. I love that the gold isn’t shiny (more matted and antique looking) and the crystals are subtle and not tacky.
Parisian Style Mirror
We’ve all seen the popular gold Anthropologie mirror a thousand and one times and I too wanted to get it until I discovered the Josephine Mirror and fell in love. It’s still a Parisian style mirror but it’s not as overdone as the Gleaming Primrose mirror that you see every blogger post!
Parisian Decorative Fireplace Surround
This piece is truly the vital component in making my place feel like a true Parisian flat. My PInterest board is filled with ways to decorate this gorgeous fireplace surround and it’s truly a game changer.
Hand-Embossed Lotus Six-Drawer Dresser
Storage is key in my tiny NYC apartment but I did not want to spend a ton of money on just a basic boring dresser and was surprised to discover how few dressers with character are out there! I eventually found this Hand-Embossed Lotus Six-Drawer Dresser which had a bit of Asian and European antique flair which I LOVED. It’s super gorgeous and the drawers are deep allowing for lots of storage space!
I don’t like to have too many bottle of wine at a one time and since I don’t have much space, this Moroccan themed gold wine rack is perfect.
The Designer Catbox
Have a cat but don’t want to leave their litter box on display? The genius Deisgner Catbox by Designer Pet Products is the perfect solution to help keep your litter box concealed, but easily accessible to your cats. This gorgeous piece of furniture is a stylish addition to any home, and also helps to minimize odor and prevent litter from being kicked out onto the floor! My cat Brooklyn just loves it!
I LOVE the Kexi H2 Travel Garment Steamer that is perfect for at home garment steaming but also for travel! The design is gorgeous and it’s super powerful.
The Best Cookware Ever
I’ve gone through so many cookware brands and nothing compares to ROCKURWOK, The cookware is so well made and what I love about it most is that they’re not very heavy, which makes washing them so easy. I love the non-stick that actually works! and the Yellow / White colors are beautiful too. They’re also super affordable. Perfect for the single person cooking for one person.
The cutest retro fan to keep you cool during those hot summer days!
Reversible Lightweight Comforter
I absolutely love the Garnet Hill Printed Reversible Lightweight Comforter. It’s reversible for two looks in one and Covered in a 230 thread count percale shell of luxurious cotton!
Dishware by Stone + Lain
I have the Brighton Porcelain Dish Set, 16-Piece Dishes for 4, Marbled White and Pink by Stone + Lain and everyone who comes over absolutely loves them! The stylish porcelain tableware are accented with pink swirls and are SO gorgeous and well made. 100% dishwasher and microwave safe for easy cleaning and durability. The hip, trendy design is unique and perfect for your space.
Custom Window Shades
I love the custom window treatments by Graber who ensures that you’re choosing a shade style you’re happy with and that measuring and installation are organized perfectly. They offer a product manager who looks into popular fabric options and will recommend some for you and they send digital swatches, making it super easy to choose the perfect shades for your home. I opted for the Graber Roman Shades in Saterra, Terrain natural shades with the cordless lift that matched perfectly with my decor.