Before and After: Nicole Gibbons' Chic Rental Redesign
Featured as a stylemaker in the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens, Nicole Gibbons, designer and blogger behind So Haute Style, revamped her apartment after making a major life change. “I’d been living in my rental for about seven years and last year I made a huge life transition leaving my old job to focus on design full-time, which meant I would be working from home,” Gibbons tells us. “Since I was spending so much more time in my apartment I started growing tired of my surroundings and just wanted a fresh change.” Updated furnishings, a new color palette, and a lighting overhaul resulted in a totally new look for the designer’s New York City home.
“The sofa makes a very bold statement. Most people are afraid of incorporating color in large doses,” the designer says. “When I’m giving advice I usually tell people to work with neutral furnishings and add pops of color through accessories, but when it came to my own home I really wanted to just go for it.”
“The bold artwork above the sofa is by my friend Nicole Cohen and brings so much personality into the room,” Gibbons shares. “Every room, even a small space, should have a statement piece to add some drama.” In addition to her fabulous artwork, Gibbons added personality with bold lighting, saturated fabrics, and expertly edited accessories.
“My walls had been painted gray for nearly seven years and I really wanted to brighten up the color palette,” Gibbons says. “I wanted it to feel lighter, more cheerful, and a little more whimsical.”
“I got rid of just about every single piece of furniture,” the designer shares. “I painted the walls a calming shade from Farrow & Ball, which helped to brighten up the room and worked perfectly with my mostly monochromatic palette of blues with bold pops of color for contrast.”