Most mornings as I enjoy my morning coffee, I watch Youtube videos from different genres. It’s fun to start the morning inspired, right? Okay, so there I was browsing through Interior Design videos and I came across Janet Lee’s space as featured in Spacestv. A little bit of Alice in Wonderland, I instantly fell in love with this rental home.
Aside from being a senior field producer for Oprah and working in a design segment with Martha Stewart, Janet Lee is also an expert DIY artist. Living in an eclectic tiny apartment, Janet has a design mantra of ‘designing out of the box when you live in one’, which I’m pretty sure most of us in the big cities are stressing over. It is simply amazing how this woman could integrate her art collections inside a tiny apartment without compromising the form and function of the various elements of a home.
Let’s take a virtual tour shall we?
This is her study, living room and kitchen. Notice the gray wall? It makes all color and texture from all the other elements pop out and satisfy your visual cravings.
You don’t see a green Louis Vuitton file cabinet in every other apartment, right?
An Hermes tin center table? Are you kidding me? This place does not have to have authentic merchandise to make it feel classy.
This one’s really cool. Totally takes the boring out of a mundane wall with picture frames without looking too sentimental.
It’s an interior design basic that everything has to match your chosen palette. This green infused with other earthy tones plus silver is simply gorgeous.
This wall is filled with decorative sardines tin cans. It is painted white to contrast the blue of the cans. The re-styled bust form is both cooky and fun, all adding to the eclectic vibe of the place.
It’s really cool to paint important pieces of advice on a mirror. It saves you from forgetting the important things because looking at a mirror is an inevitable everyday thing.
A hallway is made longer with black and white stripes, which are still coherent with the previous wall colors.
This is Janet’s bedroom. Look at that wall. The paper floral cut outs all over creates a feeling that it doesn’t need a painting or picture on it, unlike the traditional. You may also have noticed the symmetry of elements and colors in this room: the color of the lamps and the pillows, the floral wall and the floral duvet, the floor and the curtain. Lovely.
Janet Lee’s also a published author of Living in a Nutshell, which is a style bible packed with DIY projects and interior design guides made specially for the small-sized crib.
Here’s a sneak peek from the back cover.
“A fireplace on wheels? A chandelier lit by Xerox? A shrink-wrapped designer closet? These are just a few of the more than 100 stylish and innovative projects in Janet Lee’s Living in a Nutshell: a one-of-a-kind DIY decorating guide with fresh ideas to fool the eye into seeing—and believing—that even the most cramped little lair can hold more space and glamor than just the sum its of four walls.
The design maven behind livinginanutshell.com and Oprah Winfrey’s interior style producer for a decade, Janet Lee has personally handpicked a battery of clever projects for enhancing every area of a tiny living space—all are simple to do, require no craft skills, are emphatically affordable, readily portable, and big on style, so you can make these design dreams become your reality.”
Here’s the video that made my day. It’s a more thorough room tour and with Janet Lee herself explaining the thought process on every element is just inspiring. Enjoy!