Glam Up Your Small Space With These Easy Tricks

Photo: Courtesy of Sascha Pflaegling/Viyet.
For Leah Park, the CEO of the luxury fashion consignment site Vaunte, chic isn’t just a word — it’s a way of life. Fittingly, her one-bedroom New York City apartment takes glamour to a whole new level. It’s a jewel box in the best way: black furnishings, amazing chandeliers, and glossy lacquered walls. “I wanted to enter the house and feel like I had my own lush boudoir,” Park said.
“The inspiration was Kiki de Montparnasse’s New York City boutique, with rich plum and black colors, gorgeous lighting, and a modern edge.” To make this fantasy a reality, Park called upon William Cooper, the creative director of design firm ASH NYC, who brought in a punk vibe (and a fabulously witty piece of art) that perfectly completes the stunning picture. Leah gave us at Viyet, her fellow friends in consignment, the grand tour or her one-of-a-kind pad.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sascha Pflaegling/Viyet.
When Park enlisted Cooper to re-imagine her home, she had two firm requests: It must include a disco ball, and it had to have a custom “Let’s Have A Kiki” neon sculpture. These elements add wit to the black, white, and gold scheme in the living room. “It was amazing to see how Will could fit all these special and large pieces into a small space and still have it feel uncluttered,” Park says.

Cooper sourced the Karl Springer brass ram head chairs from Miami and opted for a shagreen cocktail table instead of the usual coffee table. He also hung two Zane Lewis artworks (top: (Untitled) He Who Is Killed For, bottom: After The Fall) between windows — an often-overlooked space that’s a great spot for small-scale pieces.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sascha Pflaegling/Viyet.
The focal point of this glam living room? Look up — the brass “Kelly” chandelier by Gabriel Scott elegantly diffuses light, adding a touch of warmth to the gallery-white walls while illuminating the dramatic black sofa. (The golden hue also complements the 19th-century antique gold mirror, along with the gilt chairs on the other side of the room.) “I loved to stare at it — sort of like a modern fireplace,” Park said. Get the look with this dramatic Design Lush Crystal Chandelier and Cassina Loveseat.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sascha Pflaegling/Viyet.
Glossy walls beautifully reflect light, doing wonders to make a city bedroom appear bigger and, of course, more luxurious. Here, Cooper lacquered the walls in an inky plum color (specifically, “Pelt” by Farrow & Ball).

Custom fur pillows and throws encourage lounging on Park's upholstered Restoration Hardware bed. A repurposed striped stool makes for a dramatic bedside table, while mounted gazelle horns add an unexpected touch in the window. To incorporate some glossy glam to your chambers, add this lacquer table to your bedside.

Kudu Wall horns, $325, available at Viyet.

Weitzman-Halpern Set Of 4 Gunmetal Ultrasuede pillows, $295, available at Viyet.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sascha Pflaegling/Viyet.
Though Cooper decorated Park’s bedrooms with many vintage finds, the mix still feels fresh and modern. Here, Cooper topped an antique, green marble dresser with a 19th-century plaster bust and a 1970s lucite lamp. Of course, everything is stylish when seen next to a fabulous portrait of Naomi Campbell, isn’t it? And, don’t get us started on that fantastic, black-lacquered shoe display.

These sleek Jonathan Adler Table Lamps are the perfect, modern take on Leah’s vintage style.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sascha Pflaegling/Viyet.
Of course, Park has an amazing closet. Before co-founding Vaunte, she spent five years as the Vice President of Creative at Gilt Groupe. To house her wardrobe, Cooper created a fun space with neon pink, lacquered walls, accessorized with a vintage brass and crystal pendant lamp.

Get the look with this lucite shelf, which stylishly organizes shoes — but can also serve as a side table elsewhere.

Maureen Footer Lucite Table, $295, from Viyet.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sascha Pflaegling/Viyet.
“I wanted the bathroom to feel a bit more light-hearted to offset the heavy colors used in the other rooms,” Park said. Cooper brought in just the person: Artist George Venson, who hand-painted fashion sketches on the walls. A black Chippendale chandelier adds a girly — but sophisticated — touch.

NEXT: Inside A Stylist's Chic NYC Loft
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Leah Park's Picks For A Stylish Home

Weitzman-Halpern Set Of 3 Custom Velvet Pillows, $495, available at Viyet. Dan Miller James Huniford Skateboards, $545, available at Viyet. ABC Carpet & Home Marble Console, $995, available at Viyet.

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