interior design new york
interior design new york

The 10 Best Tips From Experts on Hunting for an Apartment

Casually scrolling Zillow, with your feet up on the couch and The Real Housewives playing in the background, sounds like fun and games, and it is—until your lease is nearly up and you’re deep in the serious apartment searching stage. Then it’s time to get to business, especially in this wildly competitive rental market we’re currently living through.

Here to help us navigate the apartment hunting waters are Amanda Thompson, founder of interior design firm ALine Studio, and Matthew Kowles of The Finish, a service that pairs you with an interior designer, booked by the hour, to tackle projects of any size.

interior design new york
interior design new york

How can a small design studio successfully compete for big business?

The movement to shop small businesses has been gaining momentum as of late; for example, buying from the local, independent bookstore or a mom-and-pop shop over big-box retailers or Amazon. But does this philosophy translate to the design world? Are there clients who will opt for small design operations over large-scale multidisciplinary firms? Studio Designer consulted with a few small design company owners, as well as the founder of a marketing and PR agency that reps global brands, to find out what makes a small interior design firm attractive to clients and how they can compete for big business.

interior design new york
interior design new york

Unpopular Opinion: 5 Reasons White Walls Are the Best

Decorating a space that’s short on square footage? White paint may just be the winning solution if you’re looking to make a room seem more expansive, designer Savannah Phillips said. “The best thing about white walls is that they can make a space look larger—as a bright and light color, white walls can give the illusion of a larger, less cluttered room.”

Additionally, white walls are excellent in transforming dimly lit spaces, such as basements. As designer Amanda Thompson explained in an email, “They are also instrumental in helping brighten and lighten up a room, especially one that may not have too many windows or natural light.”

interior design new york
interior design new york

First Apartment? 5 Tips to Make It Instagram-Worthy

AFTER 16 MONTHS cooped up with roommates or parents, young (and not-so-young) people have had enough. Those who can afford it are increasingly moving into their own first places when their leases end this summer and fall, said a spokesman for real-estate rental site StreetEasy. Searches that specified studio apartments are up 69% year-over-year.

When it comes to decorating these solo nests, however, designers say first timers’ greenness leads to errors: from cramming oafish sofas through doors they failed to measure to living sans civilities like curtains and rugs.

interior design new york
interior design new york

50 Living Rooms That Prove Carpet Can Be Chic

Carpet in the living room may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s certainly not an automatic design no-no either. Rather than dismissing it entirely, sometimes, you just need to embrace it. Aside from being a soft to place to stand, living room carpet can make a room feel cozier and more colorful. Have carpet in your own living room? Here’s 50 ways to make it work.

We all know that one rug can look great on top of carpet, but so does two. Layering multiple rugs on top of carpet creates a multifaceted look full of texture that will take your living room up a notch.

interior design new york
interior design new york

The Design Questionnaire with Amanda Thompson & Lisa Patch of ALine Studio

In this edition of Love Happens’ Proust-style Design Questionnaire, join us for a peek inside the creative design minds of Amanda Thompson and Lisa Patch, CEO & COO, respectively, of the New York City-based ALine Studio. A full-service design firm specializing in every aspect of interior design ranging from residential to commercial and everything in between, ALine’s core strength is in hospitality thanks to the principals’ significant combined experience in producing functional, timeless, and inviting public spaces.

interior design new york
interior design new york

Show off Your Style and Maximize Your Space With These Studio Apartment Decorating Ideas

Don’t worry about following the “rules” of what your apartment should look like. Go ahead and fill a bookshelf with your favorite shoes, handbags, sunglasses, flowers, perfumes, or whatever else you fancy. Make the space work for you, and you will be happy. “Always inject personality into your space, no matter the size or layout,” Amanda Thompson, president and CEO of ALine Studio, told POPSUGAR. “You want your home to be a reflection of you and your tastes, and you can do this easily through artwork, decor and accent pieces, even lighting fixtures.”

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interior design new york

Designers dish on new-client red flags

Just as there is that warm, fuzzy feeling when you meet a client that you instantly click with, every designer has a set of traits and behaviors that hint a prospective client is not a good fit. We asked nine designers—Elizabeth Aaron, Quintece Hill-Mattauszek, Jill Howard, Duncan Hughes, Jenelle Lovings, Cortney McClure, Kate Patterson, Maggie Stephens and Amanda Thompson—to share their red flags for new clients.

One thing that raises a red flag for me is when we come across clients with unrealistic timelines or budgets…

interior design new york
interior design new york

Industrial Chic Style: What It Is and How to Embrace It

Industrial design is known for its raw elements and factory beginnings. Whether you’re decorating a downtown loft or are simply drawn to the style, there are ways big and small to incorporate it into your existing space. We spoke with designers who shared their insight on how industrial chic style became mainstream and provided suggestions for key elements to keep in mind, along with decorating tips.

If industrial chic style makes you think of your friend who lives in a converted loft building, you’re right on the mark…

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interior design new york

The One Thing You Should Always Do When Decorating Your Kitchen — and the One Thing You Shouldn’t

Designing a kitchen that suits your needs, looks stylish, and is within budget may feel like a daunting task. So I polled top designers on the features that make a kitchen shine, as well as those that can cause more stress in the long run. Here, decorating experts weigh in on the most important thing to do when decorating your kitchen as well as one major no-no. Whether you’re undergoing a total kitchen renovation or just a small mini makeover, you can thank me later!

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interior design new york

This Is the Most Timeless Home Decor Trend, According to Designers

Design trends come and go, but designers agree marble is a keeper. “Marble is like the color black: It’s timeless, chic, and will always be in style,” designer Anne Kokoskie says. Need proof? “Just look at cathedrals in Paris and churches from hundreds of years ago. Their marble floors and walls stand the test of time both aesthetically and technically,” says designer Lindsay Todd. Here, experts share their thoughts on why marble finishes steal the show and aren’t going away anytime soon.

interior design new york
interior design new york

Opposites Attract: Soften the Edge of Polished Concrete

Polished concrete flooring has a sleek, streamlined vibe that when paired with minimalist-style furnishings can have a sterile effect—which is fine for a commercial setting but can feel cold in a home. For ideas on adding depth and approachability, follow these tips from the design pros. “Texture is key. Polished concrete can be cold and uninviting, so adding textures through furniture, pillows, throws and rugs are all good ways to introduce some texture so the concrete doesn’t feel so flat and institutional.