Ever wondered about how to transform your home into a ‘shabby chic’ retreat that is both informal and yet distinctly urbane at the same time? As this lovely triplex in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City showcases, it is all about balance, restraint, imagination and a blend of exquisite natural textures. The result is a lovely home that looks as if it is not trying too hard to fit in and still manages to get it absolutely right both in terms of aesthetics and ergonomics. Designed by Tara Benet Design, this exclusive triplex also manages to add a healthy dose of Scandinavian simplicity to the inviting style.
Each of the rooms in the house and the finer details of decorating end up being lessons in themselves on how to usher in a similar shabby chic aura in your own home as well. The white-washed, exposed brick wall sets the mood in the living room and gives it a distinct personality of its own, playing an important role in breaking away from the monotony of the white backdrops. A colorful Moroccan pouf in light yellow and a gorgeous cabinet in pastel pink add color to the space in an ever so brilliant fashion. An acrylic coffee table, a plush couch and a cozy chair in neutral hues do not disturb the color scheme while accentuating the Nordic style.
Lovely vases, sculptural accessories and curated gallery walls come together to add subtle individual details that go a long way in creating the inimitable personality of the home. A brilliant dining area with a pendant that steals the show, an all-white kitchen with a backsplash in green tile and a Scandinavian bathroom with flashes of calming blue continue the mood and theme set by the living room. With bleached floors and lovely lighting, this is a New York home that every admirer of shabby chic can draw inspiration from, especially since it exudes a soft, plush and comfortable vibe.