Designer Lindsay Pennington was faced with a unique challenge when hired to make over her client’s Brooklyn apartment. The client desired impactful changes, an increase in functionality, and a hint of Asian influence, all while using mostly existing pieces from her midcentury furniture collection. The introduction of fresh paint, new accessories, and accent pieces, as well as rearranging the client’s artwork, enabled the space to take on a fresh look with a client-requested subtle Japanese influence.
Before and After: An Awesome Asian-Inspired Apartment
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Pennington made impactful changes in the home by painting the rooms to give them personality and mood.
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Organic Modernism Praying Mantis Floorlamp ($345)
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“In the living room we needed a backdrop for some of my client’s more vibrant accents and her growing and eclectic collection of artwork,” the designer shares. “We went with a medium gray paint (Ralph Lauren's Gray Crest) with a little brown in it so it isn't too cool, which created a room that really feels urbane.”
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West Elm Marble Pillar Table Lamp ($229)
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“We made an effort to make the living and dining area as multi-purpose as possible and provide a range of seating options,” the designer shares. “In the previous furniture arrangement, my client had only one sofa in the living room and a small accent chair off to the side that served no purpose.”
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Etsy Suzani Pillow ($69)
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By incorporating a new armless sofa and swiveling bar stools that can be turned depending on where people are congregating, Pennington more than doubled the living room’s capacity.
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1st Dibs Vintage Industrial Stools ($700 for two)
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Though changes in the bedroom were less drastic, Pennington injected the space with new life by switching the bed linens. “I love using all-white bedding because it adds crispness and is so versatile,” the designer shares. “It's totally classic and modern at the same time.” To create a cozy vibe, Pennington painted the bedroom a deep shade of green enabling the lighter wood tones in the furniture to better contrast with the walls.
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Lulu & Georgia Ilena Pillow ($81)
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To make the most impactful changes in your space, Pennington suggests rearranging your home’s existing furniture and accessories in order to view your space in a new light. “This is an absolutely free exercise and one that's fun to do,” the designer says. “It requires no commitment because if you don’t like it, you can move everything back to the way it was before.”
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Use this rearranging process as an opportunity to edit your belongings. “We are constantly evolving, and our spaces should reflect that,” Pennington adds.
Have you rearranged your existing furniture and accessories to makeover your space? Tell us about it in the comments!