Thursday, April 24, 2014

Reveal Day: A Model Unit Design = Dream Realized - Part 2

 When potential residents walk into the model unit of this Miami apartment complex, I wanted them to feel energized, jolted by a room that felt colorful, playful, cheeky yet welcoming. 
  And boy would they need a jolt, because just like the bedrooms we revealed here earlier this week, all the walls were painted beige and had to remain that way. 

 The Smarty Pants artwork kinda set the tone in this living room and should appeal to the student/young professional demographic the owners attract in this complex.  An apartment sized sofa (always search for those in a tight space - trust me on this), two fun patterned chairs (which can serve double duty at the dining table) with a stool/end table sandwiched in between + two stools at the bar = seating for eight.

The key was here was to highlight the fact that even though the living space is small, there could be ample seating for a student with a lot of friends or for a young family. 

Since we couldn't paint the walls, we added color via the curtains - a combination of blues and orange to again evoke the colorful and lively feel of Miami. We balanced that color by using a grey sofa, black rug and loads of white via coffee table, bar stools and lamps. 

 I fell in love with these throw pillows from CB2 - love that place - which added some more color and fun. 
I love a layered coffee table, no matter how small. This table packs a punch with color, cute accessories and function - a tray, vase for fresh flowers and candle holders for those nights they want to have a little romantic setting.

 There's only one ceiling fan with a light for both the living and dining rooms, so additional lighting was a must. These cute lamps from Target in white helped balance the bold colors in the space.
 In the entryway, we needed a media console high enough to place keys/mail as you entered but one that could also store media equipment. This buffet from El Dorado furniture was a great find - and we scored it on sale - had to stay in that budget!

The dining room was next. Oh how I fought to replace that ceiling fan. I lost, which meant I needed to do everything possible to make it disappear.

A round table would create a better flow and ease of movement from the entryway and can seat five if needed.
Inexpensive pop art can be easily rotated on this picture ledge.
For more casual dining, residents can grab a seat at the kitchen peninsula on these adjustable bar stools.

Where they can now peek into a kitchen that's been loaded up with fun essentials.

All photos by Circle Ten Media

What time is it? Time to be grateful says this wall. I couldn't agree more. Definitely had a blast designing this unit and learned a lot about designing a space that needed to appeal to many different kinds of residents. Huge thanks to Debbie who worked overtime to help pull this one together from beginning to end. And to Shaggy, who as y'all know, wears many, many hats on the NWD team. Yep, kinda grateful. 

Dining Table - Ikea

Ghost Chairs - Lexington Modern
Sofa - City Furniture
Coffee Table - TargetEnd Tables - Target
Lamps - Target
Patchwork Chairs - Overstock
Media Console - El Dorado Furniture
Living Room Rug: Overstock
Dining Room Rug: HomeGoods
Throw Pillows: CB2 and Target
Curtains: Custom design by Nicole White Designs; Workroom - Titan Decor
Artwork: Etsy and; custom framing by Frame Art Miami


  1. This is nothing short of amazing!

  2. love how bright and modern the space looks now!!

  3. Great job, ladies! Loving those drapes.

  4. This is absolutely beautiful!! It has everything that I would want in a living space!

  5. This is absolutely beautiful! It has everything that I would want in a living room!


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