Modern Meets Boho In This Gorgeous NYC Apartment Revamp

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Every design journey starts with the basics — sofa, dining table, bed — but it's the colors, accessories, and textures that take it to the next level. These are the items and ideas that say, "Hey, I live here and have great taste!"

Our client Emily's Upper East Side apartment is a great size, has tons of light, and is graced with an owner that appreciates the aesthetic value of art, furniture, and fashion (that's Emily, FYI). She wanted some help elevating the look of her apartment from nice and basic to bold and brilliant, so we paired her with our designer and space-ravamping expert, Evan Schwartz. Click through the slideshow to see how the duo's dreams of an ethereal, bohemian home came together.

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Playful and unexpected elements take the living room to the next level. Everything is subtly connected: Pops of neon work with the art which works with highlights in the vintage-looking area rug.
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Those same rug details complement these gorgeous coasters. Balancing the natural elements in the space, these neons keep the room from feeling like a beach resort.
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We love this Piet Hien Eek Waste armchair. Covered in a collage of recycled wood, it is the perfect addition to the apartment's unusual but practical design.
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No room is complete without some plants. If you don't have a green thumb, go for succulents, which require the most minimal care.
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Evan's favorite part of the space is the coffee table; he gets super-excited when describing it: "It's so huge and heavy. It's one-of-a-kind, made from petrified wood. A total attention grabber. I also love how the lines of the slab play with the lines of the Persian rug."
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Coffee-table detail: This thing weighs approximately 200 pounds!
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Natural elements ground the space and that amazing, surreal Peter Ruprecht photograph above the sofa is quite the conversation starter.
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While Emily and her partner didn't exactly have the same design aesthetic, they found a way to make it work. Emily wanted an earthy vibe with bright accents, while the boyfriend wanted his personality (which is honest-to-goodness sweet Southern charm) to shine through. They both wanted it to be super-comfortable so they could come home and crash into relaxation.
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Evan says, "Don't be afraid to let your personality shine through; grab inspiration from your surroundings. Sophisticated doesn't have to mean stuffy."
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Although Emily's couch is on the traditional side, the velvet pillows and bright artwork help the room skew younger and more hip.
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Combining neutrals and sleek lines with bold texture is a great way to keep the eye moving throughout your space.
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The etched brass doors of this Organic Modernism console add the right amount of shine to the space.
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Some natural light is the ultimate finishing touch. If you're fortunate enough to have a room that gets lots of sunlight, take advantage of it with open windows and minimal window treatments.
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Evan and Emily in the finished space!
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