After making the move to North Carolina from California, Mike Mulligan had a new 1,490 sq. foot apartment to furnish at Museum Tower, located in Charlotte’s vibrant Uptown area. Connected to the Mint Museum, his twenty-ninth-floor corner unit has wide views of the city, most notably overlooking the Bank of America Stadium.

With the design expertise from the west elm Charlotte Design Crew, Mike now has a place “I like coming home to!”

During a visit to west elm Charlotte shortly after his move, Mike met with Jessica Sullo, Lead Home Stylist with the stores Design Crew. The two began discussing the layout of his new space and quickly started bringing these visions to life. “Jessica was so helpful with finding pieces that were functional and the appropriate size for my space. Everything is so contemporary, clean, colorful + comfortable,” says Mike. “It scares me to think of what my new apartment would have looked like if I tried to design it all on my own!”

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“I wanted Mike’s apartment to resemble an art piece for him. He’s very visual and instantly drawn to images from our catalogs,” mentions Jessica. “We joke that all he had in the space when I met him was a camping chair + two boxes – one for a coffee table and one for a side table. We had a true blank palette to work with. The corner unit has floor to ceiling windows, so the view of the city was his artwork. It only made sense to make his home match the city behind it.”

With a space like this, one way to visually connect rooms together is through color. For this, Jessica used a variety of blue tones – ultimately inspired by the color of the stadium below. The velvet Ink Blue Henry Sofa with Chaise anchored the main living space, while the Painterly Abstract Rug completed the modern art aspect. Jessica was able to use the blue color inspiration throughout the rest of the apartment as well – from the round Watermark Rug in the dining area, to the blue accent pillows in the bedroom.

Once these anchoring design elements were established in the space, Jessica was able to layer in additional items that added to the design that were more decorative, but still functional. “The pattern on the pair of Hemming Chairs gave texture and offers a break in color. Since they swivel, it’s easy to turn them towards the window and see all the fans on game days. The Starburst Coffee Table went with the flow of the room and is stylish + modern. With the top being made of glass, it allows the rug pattern to show through,” explains Jessica. “I also love the Pictograph Media Console below the TV. Anything that looks like an art piece, but is functional furniture is going to be a favorite of mine!”

Below: Jessica Sullo, Lead Stylist – west elm Charlotte, NC

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Fran Buck

May 19, 2018

Perfection! Jessica did an amazing job of coordinating color, pattern, and accessories with their furniture choices. I could move in tomorrow!


May 20, 2018

Love this look! Which bed frame is this?


July 2, 2018

Do you have the name of the paint color on the walls and the trim? I’m in love with both!

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