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Noble Abode design stories and advice.


Our Designer's Beautiful and Functional Home

In December of 2014, my partner landed a great job in SoHo. We commuted via BoltBus for a few months, and that was very stressful for both of us. While he was at work, I was camping out at Starbucks trying to design without outlets and bad WiFi. When we were back in Philly, I was doing laundry and preparing our meals for our next commute. We decided to make the move in February 2015, and it was the best decision we ever made. 

Despite being introduced to broker fees, alternate side parking, and apartments that were twice the price and half the square footage as our last place, there is no other place like Brooklyn. We lucked out in finding this steel window-laden, brand new building in the hip neighborhood of Bushwick. We are the first tenants, and hope to stay here for a long time.

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Modern and Masculine in Queens

This Queens native moved into a beautiful, brand new 1-bedroom with south-facing views of Brooklyn and Manhattan. He had just a handful of furnishings that he planned to bring with him and a vision for what he wanted his new space to look like. But, like many of us, he wasn't sure how to pull it all together.

In less than a month, Noble Abode designer Luna Grey transformed this empty apartment into a clean, masculine, and mid century-inspired space. She used splashes of the client's favorite colors, orange and turquoise, and reclaimed wood wallpaper to add drama and personality to the space.

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A Cozy and Organic Oasis on the Upper West Side

These high school sweethearts moved to New York from California a few years ago, and wanted their first "adult" apartment to reflect their former beachy oasis. In just two months, we transformed their blank canvas into this bright, cozy, and organic space. It's the perfect hangout for Super Bowl parties, dinner with friends, and cuddling with their two kitties Enzo and Little Murray Sparkles.

This couple loves furniture and accessories with history and character. Their living room features an over-dyed vintage Oriental rug from Turkey; a silver leather pouf from Morocco; and one-of-a-kind mud-cloth, indigo, and vintage Hmong batik pillows.

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Field Trip | Renegade Craft Fair

We recently went on a field trip to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to check out the Renegade Craft Fair at East River State Park.

The Renegade Craft Fair (RCF) is a highly curated showcase of the very best in modern craft and design. RCF is the largest independent craft fair in the world, attracting more than 300,000 attendees annually across multiple fairs in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Portland, Seattle, and London. Its mission is to create a vibrant and lively atmosphere that both reflects and illuminates the work of today’s modern makers. One part entrepreneurial incubator and one part community gathering space, it culminates in a festive celebration of DIY.

Here are a few of the vendors that we enjoyed the most.

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Are You Making These Design Mistakes?

"I'm good with color" you tell your friends, and you truly believe that in another life, you could have been an excellent interior designer. Then how did it happen that your living room just looks... off? Even those of us with the keenest eyes and the best style sense can fall victim to decorating blunders. Sometimes experiencing the feel of a room in person is quite different to the visions you gleaned from home magazines and your Pinterest board.

Here are some of the most common style mistakes people unwittingly make when decorating their homes.


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