Anatomy of a Room: Dria Murphy's West Village Studio

Anatomy of a Room: Dria Murphy's West Village Studio(Dria Murphy's West Village apartment. Photo courtesy Homepolish; design by Casey DeBois.)
Attention small-space dwellers! Keep.com's Dria Murphy's 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment is proof positive that a lack of square footage is no excuse for a purely functional crash pad. The fashion-obsessed Style and Communications Director worked with Homepolish designer Casey DeBois to create a refuge that spotlights a few select decor items and a fabulous wardrobe. The modus operandi: layered textures, creative storage solutions and a sea of crisp whites. We break down her luxe look piece by piece.

Anatomy of a Room: Dria Murphy's West Village StudioThe Metallic: Gabriel Candle Holder by by Crate & Barrel

Murphy says
: "I wanted to bring in gold or bronze accents and loved this candleholder’s unique design."

We say
: Every room needs a hit of metallic, just like every outfit needs a piece of jewelry. This strong geometric piece is a great counterpoint to the room's more ladylike shapes.




Anatomy of a Room: Dria Murphy's West Village StudioThe Colorful Accent: Velvet Cushion Cover by H&M on Keep.com

Murphy says
: "Yellow is one of my favorite colors so I wanted it to be my main pop of color. I love the shape of these H&M pillow covers. They were also very inexpensive!"

We say: A bit of pure sunshine is a great way to beat the monotony  that can come with living in one room, and the velvet texture is extra luxe in a primary hue.



The Organization: Acrylic Trays by West Elm on Keep.comAnatomy of a Room: Dria Murphy's West Village Studio

Murphy says
: "I am a very organized person and hate clutter so I made sure everything had a place and it didn’t feel overwhelming. I like Lucite trays for organizing a coffee table in a chic way. I have several of these throughout my apartment."

We say
: A clear tray is the perfect way to corral the essentials, whether on a coffee table, desk, or bedside, without taking up any visual space. 


Anatomy of a Room: Dria Murphy's West Village StudioThe Foundation Piece
: Headboard from One Kings Lane on Keep.com

Murphy says
: "My  headboard is one of my favorite pieces in my apartment because I feel like it brings that part of the room together and definitely adds to the cozy vibe."

We say
: The traditional shape and nailhead detail stand out from the other modern furnishings, but the white color keeps things cohesive and fresh.

Anatomy of a Room: Dria Murphy's West Village Studio
The Texture: Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover by West Elm

Murphy says
: "I wanted to keep most of the décor shades of white to give the space as much depth as possible. I love the texture of these pillows, they’re so soft!"

We say
: When working in a monochromatic palette, texture is key. These fuzzy pillows work well paired with the streamlined sofa and velvet cushions.

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