Home Tour: A Designer’s Own Petite NYC Pad
Designer Victoria Solomon of Victoria Elizabeth Design has a knack for combining styles, colours, and influences, as evidenced in her own Midtown Manhattan home. The one-bedroom apartment features an open-concept layout with the living and dining areas combined, and contains a variety of intriguing textures, colours, vintage pieces, and eye-catching artwork. With a self-described “masculine-glam” aesthetic, the designer leans toward dark, rich-coloured spaces peppered with brass accents and luxurious textures like velvet and fur—all of which are prominently featured in her home. A smart space plan, design patience, and fearless use of colour make for a compelling combination in this big city, small space.
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“I wanted a space that while glamorous, felt livable, comfortable, and timeless,” Solomon tells us. “The large, lounge-y sofa is super comfortable, but an almost-black velvet gives it some serious glamour.” To maximise the longevity of her design, Solomon opted for classic furniture pieces and added more personality with throw pillows, artwork, and accent items that can be swapped out at any time.
Any designer will tell you that decorating your own space can be a real challenge, and Solomon agrees. “There are so many styles and looks that I love,” says the designer. “I love the look of a dark, glossy library just as much as I love a colourful and cheeky Palm Springs-inspired space.” Elements of both can be spotted in the home, from a graphic throw with a midcentury modern pattern to traditional brass sconces.
“When we were looking at condos, I had one definite requirement that our agent thought was nuts: I wanted a long wall for the sofa and a long wall across from it for the TV,” the designer shares. “Since it would be a smaller space already, I didn’t want to over-complicate things with a difficult layout.”
A structural beam in the dining area lent the space some separation, allowing Solomon to paint the kitchen and dining space white, while keeping the living area grey. This change in paint colour, along with a smart furniture plan, allows the single large space to feel like two separate rooms. The Moroccan rug in the living room helps to ground the area and visually separate the two spaces even more.
Solomon took her time developing the home’s design, browsing sources like 1stdibs, Etsy, and Craigslist. “If you have time to plan ahead, do it!” she advises. “I’ve had a lot of luck on Craigslist and Etsy. A lot of people don’t know what they have. My coffee table is an authentic Pace Collections table—valued around $4,000—and I found it in New Hampshire for $65 from two people who didn’t know what it was! Do your research and spend a little time, and you can find something incredible for your space for next to nothing.”
In the bedroom, Solomon incorporated another style she’d long been a fan of into the design. “I’ve always loved the look of dark glossy libraries or parlors and the elegance they offer,” the designer says. “I definitely wanted to embrace that in some part of my home.” A red-and-gold silk fabric scored in Los Angeles was just what the room’s undulating headboard needed, and is the perfect pop against the rich wall colour. Light bedding and nightstands keep the space from feeling too dark and heavy.