One Kings Lane head stylist Andrew Stewart is no stranger to the challenges of decorating. So when he heard that Kim Matza, daughter of One Kings Lane co-founder Susan Feldman, hit a decorating roadblock with her new one-bedroom apartment- he immediately offered to help.
“This is my first time living on my own,” says Kim, who had been sharing a tiny apartment with a roommate for the past five years. “I have never been one to take any risks when it comes to decorating, and Andrew really pushed me to see things and love things I would have never picked out on my own,” she explains. ”I really wanted to make the apartment a home that feels very comfortable and welcoming and is a true representation of me,” she adds. “I think we accomplished that perfectly.”
A show-stopping entry, anchored by a heavy-set mirrored console and an opulent sunburst mirror, sets the tone in the apartment. “Storage wasn’t an issue so I looked for pieces that felt clean yet bold to really carve out an entry area,” Andrew explains. “Because we went with a mirrored console, I chose a mirror where the focus was more on the frame for visual balance. Pairing bold pieces like these together is a great way to set apart any space in an open floor plan.”
The leopard rug in the living room was actually the first piece Kim picked out. ”The first thing I said to Andrew was, ‘I must have a leopard rug in the living room’,” says Kim. Unbeknownst to her, Andrew has a soft spot for animal prints. “Every space should have a natural element in it,” Andrew points out. For Kim’s apartment he maximized the space by the window with a grouping of sturdy ferns and snake plants. “I liked the idea of indoor window boxes, so I filled one of Kim’s side tables with potted greenery and then did the same with a table that has a removable tray,” he says. “It’s the simplest way to bring in nature in a city like New York City.”
The gorgeous space didn’t come without challenge, however. “Kim’s apartment is long and narrow, so it was important for us to divide up the space while keeping it light and airy,” says Andrew. Aside from a narrow layout, the apartment also had low ceilings and there was only one source of natural light coming from the windows at the opposite end of the living space—which meant that furniture pieces, such as tall bookshelves and big armchairs, were immediately ruled out as they would make the narrow space feel crowded and block out the natural daylight. To tackle the narrow and open floor plan, Andrew chose a large sectional over a more traditional sofa. “It’s great for dividing spaces without making a room feel restrictive,” he says. “The L-shaped arm almost acts like a wall between the seating area and the rest of the apartment.”
For the dining area, the vintage marble table was the furniture piece that everything was built around. The slope-arm chairs (to reiterate the table’s round form) and silver-frame mirror (to reflect light and give the illusion of more space) help round out the dining space along with an unexpected cluster pendant. With little space to spare between the living and dining areas, Andrew opted for a bar cart and had it work double. “We placed a lamp on the cart as a footprint reducer,” he explains. “We couldn’t put another side table next to the sectional and a floor lamp would’ve taken up too much space, so it was the best space-saving alternative.”
In the bedroom, they shook things up with a heavy dose of creativity. “The bedroom felt a little cold and impersonal,” says Andrew. “So I really wanted to warm up the space and make it a place that energizes her in the morning.” Andrew and his team hand-painted the floor-to-ceiling wall mural in Kim’s bedroom. The paint colors are All White, Hague Blue, Parma Gray, London Clay, and Mole’s Breath, all from Farrow & Ball. The dot motif in the wall mural inspired Andrew’s choice for the nail-studded headboard and the flowering scroll design on the inlaid dressers recall the fluid pattern on the wall. However, everything else had to stay white—from the headboard to the bedding to the upholstered bed. “We kept the bed all white to temper the overall look and make the bed feel cloud-like and almost ethereal.”
In the end, Kim was able to check every item off of her “dream-apartment wish list.” The comfortable apartment is welcoming, vibrant, and truly a place she can truly call her own.