With a blog named, “Stripes & Sequins,” it came to no surprise that those two details were definitely present in blogger Grace Atwood’s NYC pad. But then again, if she were to name her site after her apartment’s design aesthetic, “Super Chic, Killer Art, Simple, Unique Pieces and One Adorable Cat” could be a bit wordy of a title.
On her blog, Grace explores the worlds of fashion, beauty, DIY, travel and more. Her apartment allows her to explore her more minimalist side. But let’s get real—her feline roommate, Tyrion Lannister Creampuff, is the real focal point of her space (even if he does look permanently angry).
We sat down with Grace as she discussed her decorating inspiration, favorite design pieces and more. (PS: Can’t get enough of “Stripes & Sequins?” Check back later this month as we feature Grace in our “Blogger of the Month” column!)
CollegeFashionista: How do you translate your interest in DIY to your living space?
Grace Atwood: I was very hands on with my decorating approach. I framed all of my artwork myself, hung the curtains and put together all my furniture on my own. I haven’t DIY’d very much for my apartment (I like making jewelry more than home projects), but you could say that my inspiration board is an ever-evolving DIY project.
CF: How would you describe your décor style?
GA: Simple, New England-inspired, Neutral. I favor neutrals with subtle pops of metallic and blue. The most important thing to me is that my apartment feel warm, inviting and CALM. My life can get a little hectic, so I like having a little oasis to come home to.
CF: Would you say that your personal style reflects your interior design style?
GA: Not really, actually! I like to be a little more adventurous in my fashion choices (piling on the accessories and jewelry, wearing bright colors). By comparison, home is much more minimalist.
CF: What was your favorite room to decorate?
GA: Well that’s easy as there’s really only one main room in my apartment since I live in a studio! But I’m constantly rearranging my coffee table and updating my gallery wall!
CF: What advice would you give to liven up a dorm room on a college budget?
GA: Stick to a neutral color palette and use your accessories to decorate. All white bedding looks luxe and feels so relaxing to snuggle up in. I’m really into Mercury glass candles right now (illume has some great affordable ones). Another really fun (inexpensive) idea is to add personality by using a bulletin board to create an inspiration board. I update mine every month or two with whatever is inspiring me, and to add texture to it, I also add jewelry to my inspiration board; it looks luxe, doubles as storage and makes your inspiration board look a bit more interesting. I got this idea from visiting the Lulu Frost showroom ages ago…her mood boards were so inspiring! Lastly, DIY! There are so many great projects out there – Iove all the IKEA hacks – take these sheepskin stools, for example.
CF: Instead of wardrobe staples, what are your interior “staples?”
GA: Stacks of books, candles, trays. Trays are key when you live in a loft space – I’m constantly bringing piles of stuff up and down the ladder on trays. Texture is another staple. I layer my hide rugs over my oriental rug for a cozy vibe.
CF: What types of people, places or things influence your décor style?
GA: It’s very social-media inspired. I read a lot of blogs and am always on Pinterest. Coco + Kelley and SF Girl by the Bay are favorites that I check daily, and I’m always pinning to my home inspiration board. My sister Becca also influences my decorating style quite a bit. She’s a textile designer (her pillows are amazing.) I’ve picked up a lot of things from her, including becoming really fussy about my textiles and linens…