Published on December 18, 2018

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As we head into the New Year, I find myself slowly transitioning from my signature aesthetic of an all-neutral, minimalist scheme in favor of something a bit more saturated and unexpected. Now, this doesn’t go to say that I’m ready for a complete overhaul of my apartment. I’m thinking of this as an opportunity to push my decorative boundaries by going outside of the comfort zone that is my pared-down palette, with the intention of bringing a fresh dose of character and spirit to my space.

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Photography by Karel Balas

Inspired by the tertiary colors that have taken the design world by storm, I’m particularly drawn to the moodier renditions of hues such as burgundy and teal coupled with lustrous brass details and blue-gray undertones.

At home, my entire life is confined to four walls and 275 square feet of living space, which means that the vast majority of the pieces I own must uphold an element of purpose and functionality. As I look to integrate the inspired palette within my tiny studio, it’s all about making the simple swaps that will result in a high-impact finish. Read on to see the pieces that will help me do just that.

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Courtesy of Hawkins New York

Simple Linen Bedding, Hawkins New York, from $198

I’ve always had all-white bedding, but I’m finally going to bite the bullet and go bold. The saturated trio here inspires a high-contrast finish that’s downplayed by the blush and elevated by the textural qualities of the linen.

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Courtesy of Aelfie

Vintage Rose Moroccan Rug, Aelfie, $475

When working within an established palette, don’t feel confined to a reserved color scheme and feel free to expand onto complementary hues for a dynamic look. I’m living for the subtle details woven throughout this landing pad that still manage to emulate the hues I’m channeling.

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Courtesy of Good Thing

Platform Bowl, Good Thing, $32.50

I’m always here for a dramatic centerpiece, and the vessels used for them are just as important as the contents within. These dual-toned platform bowls play double duty, elevating the functionality of the piece with a tonal accent.

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Courtesy of LRNCE

Canvas 4, LRNCE, $476.47

I’m trading my gallery wall in (*gasp*) for one large-format work of art instead—scandalous, I know. I love the inspired slew of earthy tones in this piece coupled with its chic rattan frame.

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Courtesy of Coming Soon

Concrete Vase, Concrete Cat, $240

I will be pairing this bud vase with deep red ranunculus and blush-toned dahlias to give my clear lucite coffee table a layer of visual depth and color.

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Courtesy of AYTM

Vivero Watering Can, AYTM, $104

High up on my list of goals for 2019 is to be a better plant mom. I’m pretty sure this sleek brass watering can will help me do just that.

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Courtesy of Hawkins New York

Taper Candles, Danica, $8

Taper candles as beautiful as these deserve to go beyond the tablescape. Paired with sleek brass candleholders and set atop my coffee table, I’ll be lighting them in lieu of the standard scented candles.

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Courtesy of Wallpaper

Idra Water Glass Set, Nason Moretti, $201

It’s high time I invested in a proper glassware set and I’ve got my eyes (and heart) set on this line, which boasts a variety of six texturally detailed and diverse options clad in one deeply saturated colorway.

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Courtesy of Vitra

Coat Dots, Vitra, $59.50

I’ll be using these vibrantly colorful coat hooks in place of the wooden rack I’ve had in my entry for the better part of the last three years. It’ll definitely make up for not having a coat closet.

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Courtesy of Seem Soap

Paradoxe N°1, Seem Soap, $25.20

No design detail is too small to go unnoticed. This color-blocked soap will give my white-and-black bathroom a much-needed chromatic burst.