When a New York City apartment is decorated with beachy influences from California and Australia, you know it’s sure to be something special. PR maven Kilee Hughes employed the fabulous Jana Bek to help design her urban oasis, and together the two created an impeccably cohesive abode that will have all travel-minded Glitter Girls swooning. Check out Jana’s tips for decorating small spaces below, then read on for more from Kilee!
Tips From Jana Bek on Living In Small Spaces:
Keeping things open
We set up Kilee’s bed like a daybed. When guests come over, they don’t feel that they are invading your bedroom. This also acts as an extension to the sitting area.
Pick things that can do double duty
The ottoman that we used in Kilee’s dining area provides seating and hidden storage. Her dining room chairs can easily be moved into her sitting area for additional seating.
Use pieces with light visual weight
Kilee actually has a considerable amount of furniture for a smaller space, but it doesn’t feel cramped because many of the pieces are low-profile. Her acrylic table keeps the sitting area light, and the metal table, bookshelf and accent chairs are all easy on the eyes.
Mix up your materials
In open spaces (like Kilee’s apartment), you often see multiple areas at once. As your eye moves around, make sure the materials are varied and don’t compete with each other. In her design we used a multitude of materials — metal, lucite, wood, linen — it’s all there.
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How did you decide to get started in the Public Relations industry?
To be perfectly honest, I kinda fell into it by happenstance. Despite majoring in Communications at USC, I was uncertain of my career path and had not made a decision until my senior year when I moved to New York City. With little knowledge and experience — but a tremendous amount of determination — I landed my first job in PR. Nowadays it is easier to connect with senior-level people, but back then I was sending emails and writing handwritten letters, giving all my best to make connections with any- and everybody.