Friday, August 27, 2010

Blogger Home : Sketch42

I can't do a series on blogger homes and not include the home of ever lovely Nicole at Sketch42. I love what Nicole has done to her New York apartment, she has such an amazing eye. Not to mention the fab pieces of furniture she seems to just find and to top it all off, she is one very talented artist. Pop over to Nicole's Etsy store where you can view and purchase her pieces.

Nicole's home has been featured on many a blog but I am super privileged to reveal some new images for this post that Nicole has just taken of her lovely abode.

What is your occupation?
Blogger Extraordinaire

How do you summarise your style?
Hmmm... I think I definitely gravitate toward glamour, but I love rooms that walk the line between feminine and masculine. I love a room with a little edge to it. Something a little raw that keeps the room interesting and not so one note. I am still looking for some of those unexpected pieces for my own living room.

Where did your passion for interiors come from?
I grew up with a very close relationship to my grandmother. She has an amazing house that you can see here. She took me to Europe for weeks at a time as a child, the opera, museums every weekend and taught me to paint. We are still really close and go shopping and antiquing together all the time!

A piece of Nicole's fab art

Where do you find your inspiration?
Definitely the blogs. I love reading about design on blogs because it's a conversation. It's not a one way gush fest from some editor to the reader. In terms of design inspiration. . . Kelly Wearstler, Miles Redd, Mary McDonald and Windor Smith are some of my favorites. All of their rooms are edgy, glam, gorgeous and unique.

So much to love here - the sofa, the cushions, coffee table, rug...

What was the best and worst thing about renovating your own place?
At first, I was all over the place. I like every style and every period. I was all over the place that I would constantly poll my friends on wallpapers, paint, fabric swatches and more. They all hated me. So I started the blog so that I could find people from around the world who share my passion! So the best part about designing my own place is that it lead me to create my own blog. The worst is now that it's done I want to completely redo it! I love the freedom of experimenting in my own space and now that it's almost done... well, I'm getting bored!

Your bedroom is divine Nicole, love love love

What are your favourite places to shop for the home?
I have so many... Definitely antique shops, ebay, M&J Trimming, Johnathon Adler, Tonic Home, Clayton Gray Home, WS Home, Plum Cushion, Plexi-Craft, Ikea... The list goes on.

Mirrored wall, great idea and very glam

What is your most treasured piece of furniture that you have ever bought, been given or found and why?
All of the most interesting things in the house are restored antiques. The console under the TV is from the antique dealer I went to his warehouse in Florida this year... It was AMAZING. The chair to the left of the console - lovingly dubbed the Ebay Chair. I bought it on ebay and the seller shipped it Greyhound to Penn Statio. Getting it home from Penn Station s nothing short of an adventure. I also have another chair and ottoman by Drexel Heritage that I found on Third Avenue. What a score indeed! So in general, my favorite things in the house are the things that didn't come from stores.

Everything works so well together

More great art and the famous ebay chair

What's your favourite room in the house and why?
It's actually the least popular in the blogosphere, probably because I never took great pictures of it and because junk collects in there, but the den is my favorite room to hang out in. I watch a TON of TV and this room is cosy, it's perfect for blogging while Real Housewives watching. That said, I love all the rooms in my house. I smile when I walk in the door. My kitchen makes me really, really happy... In my first apartment, I had a kitchen smaller than a closet. It was SO HARD to do anything in there, that I knew I needed a big kitchen with a big fridge and two ovens if I wanted to throw fun dinner parties and raise a family here.


What makes a house a home?
When I moved into this apartment, it was a construction site. I had no furniture and plastic coverings on all the doorways. Oh yea... and no kitchen. Oh and a 2 month old baby. Honestly maybe it's the sweat and tears and decisions that made this feel like home to me. I literally labored over every knob in this aprtment. I watched the paint dry. I think the fact that i was so involved helped me make the place so comfortable for me and my family. There is no place I'd rather be than sitting on my couch with my husband and daughter reading the paper and blogging on a Sunday afternoon.

Thanks Nicole, your house is looking fab and I'm so happy I could share it

images sketch42


  1. Love the new pictures, Nicole! As always, your apartment is amazing.

  2. I'm a huge fan of Nicole's!
    She is majorly talented, and a gracious woman.
    I wish I could be her blog granny :-)
    xo xo

  3. fantastic feature. I have long adored Nicole's livingroom and style. the console under the television sends me EVERYTIME I see it. that piece and the acrylic bench make the room. love the new art piece over the 'ebay' chair, and good advice on your blog about going with the bold colors in art. I have 'muddy' colors all thru my house and I need a bold punch, just like that.

    loved it!


  4. So many great ideas here. I love the articulating lights over the headboard. Brilliant!

  5. Gorg, but that is no surprise! Love Nicole and her home.


    Rebecca June

  6. Wow! Thanks everybody.... You guys made my day- AGAIN!


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