: This story was originally published on March 7.
When it comes to decorating your NYC pad, it's almost too easy to go the fast-'n'-cheap route. While we're all for keeping to a budget, tossing your beautiful coffee-table books on the same Ikea piece that everyone
owns is anything but inspirational. In a city this big and hectic, your home should be your oasis — an ode to your unique aesthetic.
And sure, you've got an endless array of Pinterest boards filled with detail shots from palatial pads, but what about inspiration that's actually replicable? Because when it comes to your own abode, doing it up right is much easier said than done.
So, we're bringing you the ultimate inspiration — and some seriously rad tips — straight from NYC designer Shelly Steffee's breathtaking West Village loft.
She gives us a tour of every lust-worthy room and shares all her best decorating tips — the kind you can actually DIY.
You'll be blown away by her rustic-meets-luxe space...and don't even get us started on her wardrobe. Click through to get the design juices flowing, and get ready to do some spectacular home entertaining. Just remember to invite yours truly.
Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh