Bright and Fun Living Room

Designer Jenna Pizzigati transforms a typical small New York City apartment into a contemporary, lively home.
Contemporary Living Room

Contemporary Living Room

A pair of egg chairs lends a modern vibe to the space, while a cowhide area rug grounds the room. Sheers and blinds soften the windows and diffuse the natural light streaming into the room.

By: Chelsey Bowen

Even though she was working with a limited 700 square feet, designer Jenna Pizzigati of Pizzigati Designs is able to maximize the Midtown East apartment with smart space planning, creative solutions and chic furniture selections.

We caught up with Jenna to find out how the design came together.

Bright, Contemporary Living Room

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Before: Bland and Bare

The empty New York City apartment didn't fit the homeowners' personalities or style. They wanted a fun, trendy and colorful home that functioned for all their needs.

After: Contemporary Living

A pair of egg chairs lends a modern vibe to the space, while a cowhide area rug grounds the room. Sheers and blinds soften the windows and diffuse the natural light streaming into the room.

Entertainment Wall

Black bookshelves contrast against the white brick fireplace and provide a display for the homeowners' books and accessories. The wall above the fireplace is painted a dark charcoal so that the flat-screen TV almost disappears and doesn't compete with the design of the space.

Sleek Cocktail Console

A streamlined console provides storage and doubles as a cocktail area, while the bright red area rug livens up the space.

Bright and Fun Home Office

Jenna takes advantage of every nook in this apartment, turning this spot into a functional home office. A bright yellow wall helps to define the space, while a black-and-white striped rug adds a cool, graphic element to the area.

Elegant Entry

A simple gallery wall of the homeowners' travels creates a pretty entrance into their New York City apartment. The leather-and-chrome bench provides the perfect spot for setting down bags and shoes as they come into their home.

Describe the homeowners' wish list.

They wanted to design a fun, trendy and colorful home that maximized functionality within their small space.

What were the homeowners' design problems?

Their list of wants was extensive for the space they had; after all, it is New York City. It was essential for the overall design process to be realistic as to what is needed and what will be suitable for the home.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

It was definitely the lack of space to fulfill the homeowners' wants. The easiest remedy for this was my use of multifunctional items along with strategic space planning.

How does the end result match up with your original vision?

It is to be expected that sometimes there will be a small snag or setback. In the end, as long as my client is happy, then my entire design went exactly according to plan.

What lessons did you learn?

I realized that clients are less resistant to scaling back on their wants when you are able to clearly demonstrate how it will benefit the overall design. It is similar to any situation; when you have all the options and facts presented to you, it is easier to make a better decision that will work best for your home.

What are the "hidden gems"?

Every nook and extra space in your home has an opportunity to add functionality. In this design, I was able to transform a dead-space nook into a much-needed, fully functional home office.

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