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"Everything in here I have either touched or altered in some way," Konar says. After finding her dining table set on Craigslist, she gave the originally orange chairs new life with gray and white stripes. Her father helped her refinish the bed, and Konar also refinished the Urban Outfitters pendant lamp.
Three simple document frames next to Konar's bed hold another DIY project. Using decorative paper and wood veneer from Paper Source as mats, she framed animal prints from a historic engravings book from Dover Publications. Konar photocopied the engravings at a large scale onto transparencies. "I like to be able to vary things up, to do something a little unexpected," she says.
Frames: Crate & Barrel; bed: flea market, refinished; side tables: family hand-me-downs
If Konar had to choose a favorite designer, it would be Emily Henderson. "I like that she finds old pieces and refurbishes them. The way she transforms space is really interesting to me. It’s so layered — it’s vintage but modern."
Couch: Sutton Sofette, West Elm; stool, rug: Crate & Barrel; round pillows: Urban Outfitters; lamp: Lamps Plus; paint: Bedford Grey, Martha Stewart
When Konar moved to New York, she subleased a place in Brooklyn with friends and was told she'd never find a place in Manhattan in her price range. "I had always loved this area," she says. "It’s right between Riverside Park and Central Park, and I love to cook, so to have a Fairway Market, Zabar’s, Whole Foods and now a Trader Joe’s — I mean, you just can’t beat that."
Konar made this series of five canvases through a bit of trial and error. "I took some suiting fabric and stretched it around canvas and then painted it," she says. "What I did not realize is that the fabric would just soak it in. It took four coats of paint on each to get it to look just right."
Around the corner is a 6-foot-tall type tray that Konar considers her pride and joy. She came across this abnormally tall tray at a flea market in Brimfield, Massachusetts, and brought it with her to New York. "I imagine it at the end of a narrow hallway one day when I have hallways and rooms."
A tabletop letterpress sits on her media stand. "I got it from a friend and I would love to use it, but it's a bit too small to do anything other than small stationery," she says.
Konar has started to collect oversized letters, such as the galvanized "T" on the media stand. "I went to school for graphic design and studied typography in great detail, so it's something that I have become quite passionate about," she says. The paper wreath in the corner is another handmade project.
TV stand: Ikea; accent wall paint: Yucca Plant, Martha Stewart Living; storage bins: The Container Store
Konar studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Apart from her full-time work, she creates and sells unique hand-sewn journals and kitchen textiles through her Etsy store, ShopONA.
Curtains: family hand-me-downs
Konar attached the colorful cork tiles to her wall using simple 3M adhesive strips, which she can remove easily when she moves. The small size means she needed to use only one adhesive strip to attach piece, and the tiles can still expand and contract.
This creative cork backsplash allows her to display various paper mementos and artwork with pushpins.
Konar would like to refinish this flea market buffet at some point, once she decides what to do with it.
Wall paints: Yucca Plant and Bedford Grey, Martha Stewart Living
Konar considers herself lucky to have an outdoor patio in Manhattan. "I love sitting out there with my morning coffee, inviting friends over for cocktails or curling up with a book and blanket after work," she says. "It's such a relaxing space and has a great view of the Hudson River."
Chairs: Target; rug: Thom Filicia for Safevieh, purchased on Joss and Main; flowerpots: Home Depot
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