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Small space: Playful modern apartment

Small space: Playful modern apartment Author: Style At Home

Small Spaces

Small space: Playful modern apartment

Toronto-born Seri Kertzner, co-owner of Little Miss Party, lives in a 950-square-foot Manhattan apartment with her husband and sons. They've been renting the Greenwich Village space for eight years and it boasts a killer view of the Empire State Building. "I always dreamed of living in New York," she says. "I knew we'd be stupid to leave this place!"


Floor plan
Still, the drab furniture, tired and broken parquet floors, and awkward nooks meant it was time for a refresh. She desperately wanted something family friendly yet stylish and party-ready for her flourishing event planning business. She turned to her friend Lisa Hershman of Play Chic Interiors in New York to come up with a plan that would make the space work hard and look good all at once. 

playful-modern-dining.jpgWood and iron dining table
The iron and acacia wood table is the perfect multi-functional dining table. Seri and her business partner, Michelle Bachman, use the table for work and crafts for the parties they plan. 

playful-modern-entry.jpgCheerful entryway
Wallpaper, paint and modern light fixtures were used to add a playful effect in the entryway and living room. 

playful-modern-bookshelf.jpgStorage bookshelf 
The bookcase offers a lot of storage with a small footprint and was updated with a sweet bird-print wallpaper pattern to add a layer of detail. 

playful-modern-kidspace.jpgKid-friendly space
The couple's two sons, Luke and Gavin, have their own little lounge/play area on one side of the living area, where their toys and games can be corralled at the end of each day. Mini armchairs coordinate with the adult furniture in the room.

playful-modern-coucharea.jpgContemporary grey living area
Lisa helped Seri shop for major pieces that are durable enough for two boys but still sophisticated for adult entertaining. So out went the old bachelor-pad-style black leather sofa, and in came a contemporary but cozy grey one. And a coffee table was ousted in favour of an elegant ottoman (with no sharp edges). 


playful-modern-shelves.jpgFamily photos
The kids play area features a bookshelf that is adorned with family photos, childrens books and toy storage on the bottom shelf. 

playful-modern-elephants.jpgGlamourous gold accents
A pair of gold elephants injects a dose of playful glamour.

playful-modern-apt-family.jpg Family fun time
Little Miss Party proves a home can be a place for both playtime and party time.


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Small space: Playful modern apartment