Stacy’s Living Room, Before
Vitals: Stacy Moskowitz, owner and director of a public-relations firm in New York City.
The “before” story: Stacy had outfitted her compact 240-square-foot living room with two investment pieces: a modern Italian sectional sofa and a midcentury Arco floor lamp. She had added a built-in bookshelf between the windows, but the rest of the room remained untouched for years.
Why she stalled: “My business started to grow, and I couldn’t find the time. Though my bedroom was decorated and cozy, the living room just never felt like home.”
What she hoped for: “I always wanted it to be a sanctuary—a really soothing, peaceful space where I could relax after work, on my own or with friends.”
Designer Tom Delavan’s Plan
A sophisticated palette. “Stacy didn’t want a lot of color,” says New York City–based Delavan (tomdelavan.com), “so we decided on a neutral backdrop accented with eggplant and indigo.”
Soft materials and organic touches. To temper the edgy sectional and lamp, Delavan brought in fabric window shades and a luxurious rug. Scattered reminders of the natural world (a wool throw, a handwoven basket, unfinished wood) prevent the boxy lines of the furniture from feeling cold.
Tricks for making a small space feel larger. Delavan kept furnishings to a minimum—“a few large pieces look less cluttered than lots of little ones.” The rug is small enough to show off a refreshing expanse of shiny wood floor. An open-arm chair helps the room feel airier. Window treatments do their job without adding bulk.