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The Art of Breathing Room, According to And Studio

As told to The Expert Team
a living room filled with furniture and a fire place

Photo courtesy of And Studio.

In this Jersey City brownstone, Arianna De Gasperis of And Studio expertly blends a soft palette, organic textures and purpose driven decoration to compliment the living room's excellent architectural bones. Here, we catch up with the designer to learn more about her approach.

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place
a living room filled with furniture and a fire place
a living room with a couch and a table

Photos courtesy of And Studio.

What do you think anchors this space?

The two armchairs anchor the entire space. Since the rest of the room is quite light in tone, having two armchairs that have a beautiful depth to them was really important for me when designing this space. I think it is important to have a balance of light and dark.

What is this room used for? What inspired your design?

This room is used as a traditional living room—a place to gather either in a group or alone. The home is laid out like a traditional brownstone, so when you walk into the home it is the first room you see to your left. Because of that, I really wanted to honor the beauty of the original architecture and detail of the home. The main objective was to make sure the space felt both welcoming and sophisticated.

What’s the vibe of this space?

The textured walls and palette in this room are extremely grounding. I think this space feels like you have been transported to Europe, it is an escape from the busy city of New York.

Making sure each piece is special and serves a purpose is an integral part of my practice. I felt it was important to not fill the room with too much furniture and to allow space for breathing room. I think this is what gives the feeling of calm.

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