My Apartment.


For those new around these parts, I’ll give you all a little rundown of the history of my apartment. We moved in back in 2008, when Cookie was just 3 months old. It was still a construction site. At first we had ZERO furniture, we would eat on a card table, keep our food in a mini fridge because the kitchen wasn’t done, and my bed would roll away from the wall every night. I cut through a nerve in my finger the first week we moved in and was in a cast for 6 weeks! I was working with a decorator, but things were not going well, and I needed furniture immediately. I made a little plan, and went and bought a Jonathan Adler sample sofa, and some ikea tables until I could get everything in order. It took me about 2 years to get the apartment the way I wanted it and during that time, I started this blog! I always say “I started this blog because none of my real life friends would talk to me about design anymore,” and that is 100% accurate. The internet has led me to my people! Anyway… By the time I was pregnant with JoJo, my apartment was being shot for a then brand new online magazine – RUE. Having my apartment featured led to so many great opportunities. It expanded my readership, it helped people notice my art, and of course- Emily Johnston shot the place for me, and she’s become a great friend!


Over the years, my living room had started to look tired. Having two kids using scooters through the halls scratched up all the walls. I had been collecting vintage stuff too good to pass up for years, and my place was starting to look like a warehouse. I also knew that I had made some mistakes with the first decorating plan. I had too many pieces. The sofa, chairs and table were all too “leggy” and because they were floating in the middle of the room without a huge carpet grounding them, the space never looked permanent to me. But the biggest mistake, I think, was that when I was designing the place the first time, I desperately wanted a “grown up living room.” I wanted the space to look and feel fancy. I was only 26. When I FOUND two pristine Tobia Scarpa chairs in the street, and brought them home like orphaned puppies, I felt I that it was time for me to get moving and fix things up a bit. That was a year and a half ago. I sold my coffee table without buying a new one, just to put a little fire under my ass. I tried to DIY (such a bad idea, I can show you guys the photos another time!) a Milo Baughman checkerboard table out of CB2 white cubes. I was floundering. I was trolling 1st dibs every day to try and find the perfect “investment” coffee table. I wanted everything in my apartment to be interesting and special, simple and sculptural. Eventually I met Sasha Bikoff, when shooting her work, and she had the brilliant idea of making one out of marble! The kids wouldn’t be able to break it, or move it. I also wanted to get a sectional. I have this idea that I MAY have another kid in the next few years. And while we usually watch TV and hangout in the den playroom, we would have to convert that into a bedroom if I did. So I wanted to make sure that the LR was comfy enough for the whole family to sit and enjoy and use if and when I did have to give up the den. I also felt like the sectional would give some much needed rest to the eye balls and let my cool and collected shit shine!


I still have a lot more things that I want to change, like I want to get colored pillows for the sofa, I need to buy bunk beds for the kids room, etc. BUT this living room makes me SO HAPPY. See that second picture? That’s where I sit every morning to have coffee. It’s the heaven nook in the corner of the couch, and that is my view…. Happy place.


Anyway… When shooting this place, Patrick and I (He shot my place for Remix, remember, that’s how we met!) wanted to shoot it in a different way. In a relaxed comfortable style. We had already done it the serious way, and so we wanted to reflect the space how it really is. Other than buying flowers, I didn’t change or style anything. This is how it looks. We left wires in sight, we focused on details, we used black and white! And we just let it be fun. We didn’t really focus on the bedrooms that much, because they haven’t changed. We also hung some of my new work from the Intermix show, which makes me so so happy! That kitchen wall was why I took the ‘Golden Globes’ photos in the first place. I I feel like the “Tape”  shot on the back window makes the space.


I hope you like it, because I LOVE living in it. You can check out RUE today, they are running a THEN and NOW feature on my space, so you can see all the original photos and the new ones! There is also a little interview and source links.

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Photo overload! (All photos are by me and Patrick Cline.) Check out RUE for before and afters, as well as sources!

Have a great day everyone!

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  1. Lauren says:

    It looks amazing. Love how you keep it real with the Diet Coke can!

  2. Jamie says:

    I was just talking about you last night with my sister in law about how I’ve missed you posting pictures of your apartment, and interior design in general. Love the new look!

  3. His work is SO good.

  4. Looks amazing Nicole! A+ on that coffee table. Email me re: Marfa Trip!

  5. alyse says:

    First of all
    I love where you put the egg picture how it brings in the black of your bedroom door and the kitchen
    Second of all
    I love the coffee table idea so smart to make it marble (looks so much better than the painted ones lol) and love your painting there
    third of all
    your bar is sickkkkkk!!
    fourth of all
    i love the sectional it makes your apartment feel like florida in a great way
    and fifth of all
    lol that im in your bedroom :)

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      Thank you thank you thank you!?? Yes, the egg picture is my fave over there. MAKES ME SO HAPPY. And your feet are doing quite well!

      • Maria says:

        Just came across your blog pics in pinterest. I am hoping you can tell me where you purchased you brass bar cabinet. It is amazing!

        • Nicole Cohen says:

          Yes, from Mantiques Modern. Its a vintage cabinet by a company called Mastercraft. There are many around on 1stdibs, etc…

  6. I loveeee the new makeunder! The photos are fantastic, duh. The kid inked chair cracks me up.

    But, as the parent of two small boys I am anxious to hear how the light fabric sofa works out… I covet one for myself but I am SCARED.

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      Thank you! Its from Wolf Home, and its some kind of blend fabric thats semi kid resistant. But the entire fabric component of the sofa velcro-s off so it can be dry cleaned, AND you can actually just buy a totally new fabric covering in a few years if it gets destroyed beyond repair. Fingers crossed?!?

  7. I don’t even have words- I’ve literally never seen such an amazingly layered, artistic, and emotive space captured so incredibly perfectly. I love every single shot and how they so tell the story of the amazing creativity that’s behind what you’ve put together.

    Love this- love you.

    And I want to steal your coffee table…and all the art…and those dumpster chairs…and the vases…and the pedestal/scuplture…and the brass display case…and the roller skates…

    You get the idea;)

    Bravo my friend.

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      Thank you my dear! We tried really hard to shoot it in a way that felt natural! So glad u got it!

  8. Heather says:

    May I ask where you purchased the Marc Riviere teacup piece? I saw that many years ago on a blog and forgot about the hunt I went on for it.

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      I got it as a gift! But I think it was purchased in Paris?

  9. Looks great Nicole. Congrats!

  10. sarah says:

    ur ap looks so good. love the art work collage in the den

  11. Cheri says:

    Wow!!!!! It looks gorg!!!! All the pics are shot at great angles!!!! Love all the new stuff put together with the artwork!!!! Very creative and interesting!!! Whatever you touch turns to gold!!! Good for you!!!

  12. Hot dayam!!

  13. Bri says:

    Dude you already know what I have to say. Brass liquor cabinet is genius. I for one know how it is to have white sofas with kids, yes my wiener dog and husband included. People often think it’s not practical but mine have held up nicely! Great job!

  14. I am dying over your space…I love all of the textures and those chairs?! I can’t believe you found those on the street corner, so lucky!! Fabulous job and all of the artwork is beautiful too!

  15. kick ass table! the place is looking great!

  16. Liza Canale says:

    I love your blog and your design sense. I am coveting your dining room table and chairs? Could you tell me where you found the chairs? I actually have that same Ikat fabric as throw pillow on my couch. Don’t worry, I live in Nashville, TN, so our worlds of design will never collide!
    Thanks so much,

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      The chairs are Z chairs by plexicraft! Im not worried about that,lol, I have listed the sources in other posts before! My pleasure to help!

  17. James Rosen says:

    interesting that woody allen is watching your kids all day…

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      Oh god! I know. I’ve had it for years and my nephew made it! I should take it down.

  18. OMG! I love the photos…really fabulous and I love what you have done. The changes are perfect. The coffee table is amazing. So powerful. The sofa is chic and comfortable and so easy. The art looks like that it is exactly where it was meant to be. Your new photos are insane. And the brass etagere is so good. Congrats! and on the feature too!

  19. Looks super cozy

    Love your painting over the bench & the teacup eyed lady with the mismatched boobs (yee haw)

  20. Where oh where did you get that fabuloso rug that looks like leather tiling?! I’m dying, just dying over it.

    • Nicole Cohen says:! I waited for a sale and got it 30% off too! (Black friday last year I think.) They don’t have that exact one anymore but they have lots of others.

  21. I am amazed! The combination of black and white, with little pops of color, is just perfect.

  22. Sarah harari says:

    Love your new apartment look! Great style so refreshing. I don’t know how you keep it so clean and crisp white with two kids !

  23. Jill says:

    Hi Nicole,

    Where did you get those amazing lights over the breakfast bar!? They are amazing-love the black/gold and white combination.
    Thank you-love your blog!

  24. I love your living room Nicole ♥ It was already so beautiful before but now it’s absolutely gorgeous!!!
    I wish I could live there …!

  25. This is truly wonderful and fresh and elegant and casual at the same time. I am a huge fan of the Adidas photograph and LOVE your blog

  26. Your apartment is so neat and cute, and I love your furniture Bay Square Property for Sale


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