Building a home last minute and on a budget is a tall order, but one that Mariana Miloski and her husband faced after they made the move from São Paulo, Brazil to Brooklyn. “As this place would be the first one that we would decorate together from scratch,” Mariana says, “the expectations were really high: first to get an apartment, and then to decorate everything without any help or knowing any decoration or furniture stores here.” When the couple discovered west elm, they were relieved to find a one-stop-shop where they could get the cozy-yet-modern pieces they needed to match their newly renovated Brownstone duplex. With a few key furnishings, Mariana was able to transform the bare-bones space into the perfect canvas for their life in New York.
“The first thing we did was choose the sofa and where to place it,” Mariana notes. “A big sofa would have taken up too much space, so we decided on a two-seater. Initially, we tried to place the sofa bellow the stairs but it felt too uncomfortable and out of place.”
“That’s when the idea for the shelves came in and everything started to fall into place. We positioned the sofa in front of the stairs while the wall behind became a sort of frame for it. Decorated with books, a poster, a terrarium, and other little objects, the shelves helped to highlight the sofa and fill the blank space under the stairs.”
“To seal the deal we chose a counter instead of a traditional dinning table, which helps to separate the kitchen area from the living room in a more seamless way.”