“In cramped city apartments, you can’t be a stickler,” said New York designer Grace Rosenstein. “A 2-foot clearance is good enough.” Floating the bed also frequently blocks an uninspiring view of closet doors.
On a steamy July morning in 2015, Grace Rosenstein and her husband drove an overstuffed U-Haul 800 miles from Chicago to their new apartment on the Upper East Side. “It was a fun surprise and an adventure to move to New York,” recalls the decorator, who opened her eponymous firm the same year.
"It all started with lemons," says Rosenstein of the fresh table she devised for Serena & Lily, whose jumping-off point was a citrus-patterned wallpaper by the brand in which Rosenstein wrapped her guests' party favors. "I wanted the table to incorporate the theme while remaining understated. I treated the table like I would any space I design, incorporating a blend of textures and layers of material.
Grace E. Rosenstein, a designer who recently moved from Chicago to New York, with its plethora of cookie-cutter apartments, finds 3-D wall coverings “add dimension and interest to a room lacking architectural detail.” Taken by the grid of raised metallic dots in Phillip Jeffries’s Rivets line of wallpapers. She used the wall covering’s metal details as a jumping off point, adding other reflective elements—a bronze hexagonal lantern and a silver-gilt mirror—to animate the room.