Marilyn Rose - NYC Apartment Interior Design

The Perfect Mix

There are so many elements that make up a great room, and finding all the perfect pieces to fit together is more difficult than it looks! As interior designers, it’s our job to source the best options from all of our vendors, and make sure that they all work together in harmony – the flooring, window treatments, accessories, lighting, all the way down to the trim on the pillows!

At Marilyn Rose Interiors, we don’t like to create rooms that “match” – for example, using nightstands, dressers, and a headboard from the same exact set, or having a sofa, loveseat, and side chairs in the exact same shape and fabric. We prefer to use an eclectic mix of items that give the room balance and harmony.

This Manhattan apartment we designed is more on the contemporary side, with its glass-topped dining room table and unique artwork. We added a hammered metal tray above the sleek fireplace. This beautiful tray would fit in perfectly in a more traditional space as well, but in this contemporary apartment it reads as chic and modern. It would be equally at home in a classic dining room or wood-paneled library. You could even turn it into a tray table! The same great accessory can read differently in different spaces.

In this formal living room, we added a bright contemporary art piece behind the sofa. This instantly changes the whole feel of the room! Mixing in contemporary art with classic finishes makes the room feel put-together and harmonious.


In this beautiful Hamptons living room, we mixed a range of traditional, transitional, and contemporary elements. The tufted sofa and silk stripe pillows are more on the classic side, but the dove gray walls brighten the space. The contemporary accessories and neutral window treatments help to balance the room

It takes a designer’s expert eye to coordinate all of the many elements of a room, and we love creating the “perfect mix” for our clients in every space we design.

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