Before and After: Nicole Gibbons' Chic Rental Redesign

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. 

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    Before

    PHOTO: Courtesy of Nicole Gibbons

    “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.” 

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    After

    “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.

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    Circa Lighting Morton Table Lamp ($475)

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    Farrow & Ball "Green Blue #84" (from $95)

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    Before

    PHOTO: Courtesy of Nicole Gibbons

    “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.”

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    After

    “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.” 

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    Candelabra Captains Compass Table ($1320)

    To read more about Gibbons and Better Homes and Gardens’ other stylemakers, pick up the September issue, available now on newsstands.

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