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Apartment at a Glance
Who lives here: Lauren Wills of Wills Design Associates
Location: Fort Greene neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1,100 square feet (102 square metres)
After a breakup, designer Lauren Wills decided to give her Brooklyn apartment a makeover. “My goal was to create a place where I’m OK being all the time. Bright, happy. New York winters are pretty miserable,” says Texas native Wills, who both lives and works in the apartment. She got new window treatments, changed some lighting fixtures and purchased new bar stools. But her most dramatic tool was paint. Every wall in the apartment got a new colour.
Wall paint: Coral Spice, Benjamin Moore
Wills painted the bed frame, previously a dark grey-brown, in a bright yellow paint that she mixed using several yellows. She added new lampshades to her old lamps and bought new curtains.
Bed (discontinued): Ikea, custom-painted; bedding and curtains: Anthropologie; lampshades: Crate & Kids
“I wanted to keep the walls really clean and keep the focus on the rug,” Wills says. She had purchased the rug for a client who later changed her mind. “I liked it so much, I just kept it,” Wills says.
Dining table: Ikea
The right side of this photo shows a bit of the dark green entryway, which is to the right of the mint-coloured wall. As one enters the apartment, the guest bathroom is directly in front.
Lighting fixture: Pottery Barn Kids; purple cord: Crate & Kids; wall paint: Soft Mint, Benjamin Moore
Paint on lower walls: Banana Yellow, Benjamin Moore
The space overlooks the living room and is located directly beneath a skylight. Wills painted the walls leading up to the skylight pink. Though the skylight lets in a lot of warmth, it unfortunately doesn’t open, which means the summers can be oppressive. “Last summer I worked from my dining table or I’d go to Soho House, because there were some days I just couldn’t think, it was so hot up here,” Wills says.
The wall colour is the same mint as she used downstairs.
Desk and bookshelves: Ikea; skylight wall paint: Light Chiffon Pink, Benjamin Moore
Wall paint: Springy Peach, Benjamin Moore; ceiling paint: Avocado, Benjamin Moore; art: Etsy; light fixture: One Kings Lane
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