Oliver and Killy it was actually living together in a small apartment, beautiful and colorful. The couple very clever concept to designing apartment, the couple also aimed to make the most out of every square inch of available room, with the goal of creating a home that was both inviting as well as multifunctional to its core. See how they changed a cold, white rental into a cheery home and office without breaking the bank, and find their many small space solutions.
The entryway was added the stripes, plants, and installed the rope pendants, walking into and through the apartment. They used Benjamin Moore’s Superwhite and Van Deusen Blue paint colors to get the crisp contrast.
A laser level and 3M Edge Lock painter’s tape were their weapons of choice for getting the stripes just right.
Killy also recommends following these steps when painting stripes: “… paint your walls with the base color, tape the stripes, then paint another coat of the base color, brushing over the tape to seal the edges. Let that dry completely before painting the accent color. This step certainly adds time, but it completely eradicates paint bleeds under the tape, resulting in clean, crisp lines.”
The couple’s main source of inspiration for the apartment was the great light that came in from four south-facing windows. According to Killy, “[the windows] helped blur the fact that we lived in a small New York apartment on a busy street by making us feel like we were a little more connected with the outdoors. We built on that by having plants hanging everywhere.”
Clever Home Office Killy and Oliver’s Hip Harlem Apartment
Incorporate an office into their small space. They carved one out of a niche in the living room and hung floor-to-ceiling curtains to close it off (and give the couple a respite from work) when not in use. The desk spans the back wall, with all computer cords and components mounted to the underside. The cheery stripes are Benjamin Moore’s 2022-10 Yellow paired with Superwhite.
Clever Storage Kitchen Killy and Oliver’s Hip Harlem Apartment
Next, they recommend to use those walls and ceilings! They made a pot rack out of pegboard and mounted knives, cutting boards and spices to the walls of the kitchen. “The kitchen was literally a strip of wall in the living room, with a 2′ x 1.5′ section of countertop, one drawer and a few cabinets,” Killy shares. “Utilizing the walls for vertical storage was essential; every nook and cranny was considered a potential storage opportunity.” Pretty pots and pans gifted to the couple on their wedding are on view in the petite kitchen.