A new Before & After from our own Evan Schwartz — a Home Stylist in our DUMBO store. Small spaces are common in New York City and Evan helped a Midwest transplant make her Brooklyn studio warm and inviting with a place for everything she’d need…


My client is a midwest transplant and was excited about a sleek, modern Brooklyn apartment but wanted to keep it a homey and cozy, too.
Since the client was starting from scratch, it was important to cover the basics — a bed frame, storage, a place to relax, and a table to eat or work — all within the tight confines of a studio where the largest area faces the kitchen. She was so excited about the process and kept an open mind the whole time. We chose smaller-scale furnishings with a modern twist on traditional.


The art over the bed were things she’s collected from her travels and over time. Her main treasures were old family wedding portraits which we broke up between the entryway and surrounding the “bedroom.” Those are very dear to her and she wanted to be surrounded by them.

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We hope to, at some point, paint an accent wall behind the bed to complete the space. My approach to this apartment was really no different than everything else I do in the way that I want to make sure the client loves coming home — and she does! We’re continuing to work together and now she’s ready for some accessories: a tray stand, floor lamp, pillows and throws!


Thanks Evan + west elm DUMBO!

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Joy | Frock Files

May 9, 2013

Beautiful! It’s amazing how much personality and warmth Evan brought to this space. I didn’t even notice that it had such good bones (light, wood floors, etc.) until the after shots.


May 9, 2013

I love the eclectic collection of art above the bed, gives me inspiration to do something similar.


May 9, 2013

Where did you get the elephant with the colorful flowers art?


May 9, 2013

The room seems a little cluttered now and the mauve colored bedding seems to be throwing something off.

Marguerite Kreger

May 9, 2013

This bed needs a gray or black headboard, otherwise it looks unfinished. Don’t like the patterned print on the bed pillow. Should have had another matching purple sham and then add a few more patterned pillows to the bed. Also, don’t like the two different color drapes on the windows. Both windows should have the same print drapes to create some cohesion of the space since it’s a studio. Love the wall color, rug, arrangement of pictures on the wall, and furniture. The sofa needs a few colorful pillows with some purple in them to unite the bed color with the rest of the space.

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