One of our favorite trends in interior design is a sense of humor. Yes, you read that right! Take this Lower East Side apartment, for example. In the living room, the gallery wall – with a cheeky nod to Kanye and an f-bomb – shows off the homeowner’s vibrant personality with one quick glance. (And to be honest, has us thinking we need to be besties with the owner, Emily, who works in advertising.) This space, by Homepolish Interior Designer Alison Causer, is bold in every sense of the word. From the calming blue bedroom to the show-stopping entry (which features a custom painting by the designer, who is also a talented artist), each area of the home is memorable in its own right yet doesn’t overpower the rest. We caught up with Alison, who gave us details on the initial inspiration, her favorite feature, and how the wall color(s) played an integral part:

Tell us a bit about the client. Why did she initially reach out to Homepolish?
This is Emily’s first home and she really wanted to settle in with a mixed interior that conveyed her style. She is young and fun, living the life in NYC. Emily works in advertising and has great taste, but needed some extra help honing in on her ideas.

What were the requirements when beginning the project?
To add personal touch and style to the home; re-paint the whole apartment, replace a few interior doors, and fill in the gaps like coffee table, stools, side tables, art and decor.

What condition was the apartment in at the start? Did you end up keeping any of the existing furniture?
Emily had some great pieces to start with, but not quiet enough to make the space feel “homey” and reflect her style. She had key pieces like the blue velvet sofa, the killer ikat upholstered bed-frame, fabulous vintage bar cart.

So she obviously has incredible taste! Did you face any challenges in the design process?
Besides a few long lead times, we were challenge free.

We love to hear that! What ended up being your favorite feature in the finished apartment?
I love the black and white wallpaper with the fuchsia in the painting in the hallway. I also love the gray blue walls with the the brass scones and the blue ikat upholstered bed. Oh and, I love all the art (she is a total sometime collector). As a personal touch we had a bolster pillow made custom from a fabric runner she bought while traveling in South America. Honestly love all of it!

As you mentioned, wall color (and wallpaper!) play a huge part in this space. How did you and Emily choose it?
Emily wanted a black and white wallpaper in the entry, we looked at tons of fun patterns and settled with flat Vernacular’s Precipice-Denali.

In the living room we wanted a dramatic color to set the stage for the gallery wall and the dark velvet blue sofa. Dark on dark adds such a richness, so we went with Steel Wool 2121-20 by Benjamin Moore. Emily’s bedroom has a killer bed frame and we really felt that we needed a mid tone to soften the overall feel of the room. We ended up using Silver Gray 2131-60, which is a soft grey blue perfect tone between blue in the bed and the white accessories. Then for the rest of the space we kept it simple with my fav white, White Dove OC-17.

Every designer needs a favorite white paint! Thank you for welcoming us into the space. We’ll be pining over it for weeks!

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