APT. | OKL THE STUDIO

this is the fifth installment of APT., a detailed account of my manhattan pre-pre-war apartment revamp. read the entire series here!

image from OKL's the studio

image from OKL's the studio

as mentioned in my previous APT. post, i'm partnering with one kings lane to makeover my apartment's living room! the process actually started back in october (which feels like ages ago!), when i was introduced to one of OKL's talented interior designers. you may or may not know that one kings lane offers complimentary design services through the studio, with physical locations in new york and san francisco, or you can virtually consult their studio team.

image from OKL's the studio

image from OKL's the studio

everything began with me prepping things on my end before our first consultation: i took before photos of my space, drew up a proper floor plan/blue print (since the building couldn't provide one), and measured every inch of the room. i also started pulling inspiration photos and "favoriting" every category of furniture (lighting, sofas, chairs, dining tables, art, rugs, you name it!) from OKL's vast selection. 

 

for the sake of the final reveal, the shopping list & floor plans below are not my actual room, but you get the idea!

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for some elements, i went in certain. others, i needed guidance from my designer, who was sincerely the most wonderful partner ever! i adore her and she absolutely understood my vision and style to a T. after we reviewed floor plans, before photos, and my favorites from the website, she worked her magic to present room mock-ups and a shopping list, all based on my needs and wants.

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we did go through a few rounds of feedback and minor changes, which were collaborative and productive. i can't stress how professional, knowledgable, and purely positive the experience was. shop the look below:

RETIREMENT CHIC

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i can't help but think of a chic granny in boca sporting these pieces (all at once; which is not my recommendation here!). in any event, i am prepping for summer vacations (or, just plain warmth) and have been gravitating toward geometric shapes, primary colors, and of course, boehmia details like fringe and beading but in a subtle, sensible manner. 

APT. | Moodboard

this is the fourth installment of APT., a detailed account of my manhattan pre-pre-war apartment revamp. read the entire series here!

in previous posts, i've shared before photos of my new apartment and also explained the process of painting a rental. let's get to the good stuff: furniture and decor. i'm beyond thrilled to announce my partnership with one kings lane where i'll be documenting my living room makeover inspiration, the entire design process with the incredible team at OKL's studio, and eventually the finished product, of course!

palette will include: french stripe, rattan and woven wood elements, blue china, and navy velvet

palette will include: french stripe, rattan and woven wood elements, blue china, and navy velvet

when it comes to interiors, i have an appreciation for a variety of styles, schools of thought, and moods. while i am a white-on-white-beach-home enthusiast and absolutely dig the mid century modern feel, i knew that the location (read: a decidedly classic manhattan neighborhood) and the season i was making choices in (read: fall & winter) would ultimately dictate the entire vision. my true design love is traditional spaces, rich fabrications combine with preppy sensibility, and modern yet bohemia moments married together, which is hopefully how the room will come together.

well-collected and layered were at the top of my aesthetic wish-list for the space

well-collected and layered were at the top of my aesthetic wish-list for the space

living & functionality elements that were important to me: ample seating & other entertaining necessities like a well-stocked bar cart. i am excited to host cocktail hours in the new space and even have room to hold an albeit cozy dinner party (this linen skirted number will act as my dining table, seating an intimate four). 

portraits & oil paintings will be a key art element

portraits & oil paintings will be a key art element

thank you to one kings lane for partnering on my living room makeover! stay tuned for more.

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grooming essentials

i've always had quite the collection of skincare and beauty products. while i'm definitely a loyalist when it comes to tried-and-true miracle workers, i've recently replaced by past go-to items with new favorites. let's have a closer look. 

i love scents (with my year round favorite being AERIN's ikat jasmine). the combination of le labo's cult favorite santal 33 and coqui coqui's coco oil is your instant-transport to tulum. layering an oil & a lotion is the best way to really absorb moisture - and fragrance.

i can't live without a touch of tortoise, and j.crew's barrettes have been a staple in my accessory drawer since high school. this ivory comb & tort toothbrush are also vanity musts.

lip color...usually a problematic topic for me because i can never keep my lips un-chapped and smooth enough to wear something on top. burt's bees never really worked for me but i love the coconut & pear scent and thus, have been using it non-stop! it's also the perfect base for NARS velvet matte lipstick pencil. my shades of choice are "get off" and "bolero" mixed together.

for skincare, these next two items were actually sephora samples that i became addicted to - the danger and magic of beauty trials. their names say it all: face polish and moisture sorbet. they promise smooth, soft, clear skin and they deliver! especially during these harsh winter months.

NARS soft matte concealer is my dream. it's coverage is major yet light and it blends flawlessly. i have a few shades depending on the season and area of my face (highlight vs. contour). this highlighter is also incredible and my last beauty step: it's organic and made with coconut oil, and pearlized so works with any skin tone. win!

any beauty favorites of yours i should be privy to? please share!