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A budget makeover

Ryuhei sent us the following email: I'm Ryuhei, a young interior designer based in Brooklyn, New York. I recently won Behr's Room for Color 201o contest with the living room from my very first 2BR project. Since the rest of this vintage inspired, yet modern bachelor's pad is now complete and my client has fully settled into the apartment, I took some photos that I would love to share. This budget 2BR makeover was designed for my friend - a typical, young professional who moved into a small pre-war tenement. As a team, we hoped to create an example of how good even an everyday space could look with some effort and creativity. This apartment is such a great example of using colour to provide interest to rather blah spaces (LOVE the living room colour), vintage finds for intrigue and a homey feel, and funky lighting that functions as art. Fab job Ryuhei!



Reader Comments (21)

Well done! Love the dark blueish black, or whatever the name of it is. :)

Would love to know where to find the red rope lighting! Kim do you know?

4 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Unfortunately I don't Jen but I would love to know the source as I have been unsuccessful in finding rope lighting, particularly in colours.

4 Feb 2011 | Registered CommenterKiM

Sounds like a DIY project is in my future ;) Thanks for posting this! Inspired daily by your blog xx

4 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

That pallette is inspired!

4 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

I found colorful rope lighting through here :
Tons of different shades to choose from

4 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

i am loving:
a. the wall color
b. the ratan poof thing
c. the simple but fun details
d. the throw on the bed
ok i love it all! nice work!

Wow. I am LOVING that blue room. The color is just yummy and the furnishings are just perfect. A very cool vintage, hipster vibe. I think I recognize the rope lighting from CB2?? You are awesome!

4 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Absolutely delight, I love the beautiful details you added. Very personal style - the balance of cosy areas with a breezy feeling throughout the place.

4 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

OOooh, where do I find that picture-ledge shelf?

4 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharmaine

What is that living room paint color? I'm assuming it Behr, but which shade?

4 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

Very cute! Love the details. I think I spot some purchases from Urban Outfitters! Nicely incorporated... Like it.

4 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara

dark teal paint color name, please! :)

4 Feb 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrittany

Fantastic details! You made such a great job. Congratulations, Ryuhei!

WOW, love the colors and the vintage furniture.
i have a branch over my dinner table with several lamps attached in purple and got the textile cable from here: http://www.textilkabel.de/
it`s a german company and you can order the cable by the meter for a very good price.

5 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuliana

would you happen to know where I can find a dear head like the one in the fourth picture.
thank you! :)

5 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

Eliza, cardboardSafari.etsy.com and Urban Outfitters carry them

5 Feb 2011 | Registered CommenterKiM

West Elm has rope lighting too!

5 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I'm pretty sure those pendants were from CB2, or they sell some like them.

5 Feb 2011 | Unregistered Commentercassie

It's tough to take a small NYC apartment and make it into something to enjoy and Ryuhei you've done it!

5 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob C

I found the teal paint color name in the comments over at AT: Newburg Green! Here is the entry from the Apartment Therapy website: http://community.apartmenttherapy.com/contests/color/2010/entries/389

5 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

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