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Small space: Feminine Manhattan condo

Bethany Lyttle
Photography by
Yale Wagner; styling by Ann Marie Favot

A Canadian homeowner lives the high life in Manhattan.

"I had just five hours to find a place to live!” recalls Krista Webster, president of Veritas Communications, of her move to the Big Apple from Toronto in 2008. Her search ended near 11th Avenue and Broadway, by New York City’s bustling Union Square, when Krista found this tiny 550-square-foot condo. She was instantly charmed by the 19th-century building’s cast-iron facade and its large windows overlooking the busy streets. Relying on the help of decorator Tori Peters, the space was soon transformed into what Krista calls her “little white cloud with pretty pink highlights.” Here’s how soft creams, pinks and greys, as well as smart, feminine glam furnishings and decor accessories fit for a stylish woman living in the big city made all the difference.

1 Simple colour palette
A simple, muted palette enhances urban views. “I like to keep things simple: Cream and silver are used throughout, as well as touches of pink everywhere,” says homeowner Krista Webster. “There are always fresh flowers – and glass accents because they’re so airy and light.” A large black and white limited edition photograph of Twiggy in 1968 makes for clean, unfussy artwork over the sofa in the living room, but creates a big statement. “What I love most about the picture is that it reminds me of my mother when she was young – especially her eyes,” says Krista.

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