Nicole Blackmon's New York Apartment
Today I'm heading over the pond for my home tour with Nicole Blackmon @sweet_domicile in New York. Nicole has lived in New York for most of her adult life and so designing a home that is not only functional but pretty, especially when space is tight, is something she does really well.
Nicole's style is eclectic, as with many great homes, she mixes eras and styles well to create a home that is unique to her.
I'm a stay at home mom and a southerner from North Carolina living in NYC for much of my adult life. I currently live in small 3 bedroom, 1100 sq. ft., apartment in Manhattan's Upper West Side with my husband, 10 young son and dog Bleeker.
Small space living comes with challenges so we've learned through the years to only keep what we love. There's not much space for excess!
I love to dabble in design even though I've had no professional training in it. It's been a passion of mine for years, even as a kid, but it was truly sparked once I became a mother and had a little extra time in between naps and meals to really act on it. I love a good bargain, thrifting and finding a piece that needs someone to rescue it and make it wonderful again.
Above Pictures: Our little dining nook and that dresser that is perfect for storage! We really lack kitchen storage so adding these shelves to a once blank column gave a lot of added dish storage and an extra place for me to change up a few fun things here and there per the seasons! The kitchen, living and dining room are all basically combined in one large room so keeping things that flowed seamlessly makes it feel more cohesive.
I find much of my inspiration from coastal living. Maybe it's because I grew up in the coastal Carolinas but I love art that is coastal inspired and I'm especially drawn to blues! There's just something about the ocean and coastal life that I love!
My style is a little bit of everything as I struggle to commit to one type of design but regardless of my style, I love our home to feel light and bright. I think a mix of all styles makes for an interesting space and a space that tells a story. The lines of mid-century modern furniture have my heart but I don't want all of the furniture in my home to have the same feel so I mix it up with traditional pieces as well. So, between the items I've thrifted, made over or were handed down to me, I like to mix in items that may be a bit more expensive to balance it all out.
All in all, I want a space that when I walk in the door makes me feel happy, brings me joy and feels like home! At the end of the day, design is so subjective so your home has to feel like home to you, no matter what that style may be!
The Girl with The Green Sofa