How do you redecorate your home without buying a single item? Edit, edit, edit. Michael Ciancio, a New York-based design director and artist, had been living in his pre-war studio in Carroll Gardens for a few years when he realized he needed a design intervention. "I love having friends over, but the layout was awkward for entertaining,” Michael says.
However, there was one teeny problem: His budget for furniture or decor was virtually non-existent. Luckily, "Michael already had a lot of great stuff,” Homepolish cofounder Noa Santos says, so he approached the project like a stylist shopping someone's closet. "Everything was spread evenly throughout the apartment so it looked very cluttered and haphazard.” Noa says.
Together, they spent a lot of time editing what he already owned — and donating extra furniture he didn’t need (like an oversized bookcase and area rug), to free up space. They also focused on creating vignettes, like a collection of souvenirs from his travels to India, Japan, and Nicaragua. “I travel a lot for my job, and whenever I go to a new country I pick up a weird little animal," Michael says. "It’s starting to look like a little jungle on my mantlepiece.”