A Masculine Studio Apartment

Whenever someone asks me to describe my decorating style, the first word that pops to my mind is “feminine.” I love pink, I love florals, I love…more pink. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that the inspiration image above that I’d fallen in serious love with (I screenshot it on my phone a while ago and kept referring back to it), was actually from a man’s apartment! Who would’ve thought. This is the Upper East Side apartment of Matthew Kowles, who works for Charlotte Moss, and I find it so inspiring. It was featured in Lonny back in 2012, and since I’m such a big fan of stylish studios, I had to share this amazing space here on the blog.

I love so many things about that picture above, the first being how amazing that gallery wall looks! The gold frames and the sophisticated art make it so eye-catching and elegant. I also love the nailhead couch and leopard pillow, as well as the square-backed side chair (a perfect example of what I posted about the other day!).

How cool are those floating books? It’s a perfect quirky touch, and a great space saver as well! You can purchase them here.

I love seeing the different ways that people lay out studios…this arrangement keeps everything feeling light, open, and bright. All of the furniture is so sophisticated, but the gallery wall keeps things feeling eclectic, not stuffy.

Matthew creatively employed a beautiful, thick fabric as a replacement for clunky closet doors. By adding the high-quality cabinet hooks, this solution looks custom and luxe.

See the full home tour here!

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  1. This is an amazing apartment — the floating book selves look really cool!! Great finds!

    Published 6.25.15 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Thanks Sarah! That’s my favorite feature as well…so cool looking!

      Published 6.27.15 · Reply
  2. Dorothy wrote:

    I love the high bookshelves how he layered the modern table over the wooden desk, ingenious ideas! Beautiful space down to every detail. thanks for sharing.

    Published 6.26.15 · Reply