Phen Grant
Graphic Design + Art Direction + Illustration
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My Sanctuary

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I moved within Crown Heights this spring to a new place with twice the space, a cool new roomie, and the ability to wallpaper.

I couldn’t be happier with the setup. I rented most of my furniture from Feather, so I was able to pay a monthly fee instead of buying 6K worth of furniture off the bat. I can’t express to you how important it is to fall in love with your living space. I’m a freelance graphic designer, so aesthetic is quite important, however, you would be shocked how much even adding a plant to your room will change your mood!

 
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Wallpaper

I highly recommend getting some assistance from a friend if you put up even a single accent wall. This paper turned out beautifully, but it was a six-hour process for a single wall due to wetting/rewetting the paste, and matching the pattern up from top to bottom.

I’d also highly recommend purchasing high quality paper that matches from side to side. (Mine did not, so there was a lot of reapplying involved!) 🤯

 
 

Colors + Accents

Interior decoration has always been an interest of mine, but I’ve never dove this deep into the process. Keep in mind the color of metals, wood, textiles, and knick-knacks can make all the difference.

Life

And of course… smother every possible surface with plants! 🌿 Adding a little bit of greenery adds a level of comfort to any space.

Storage

Make sure you have plenty of room for storage, open surfaces for placing daily items, and in smaller spaces, some sort of wall storage device is crucial to keeping things organized.

Experiment + Play

Have fun with the process. Figure out what you love, what you haven’t tried before, what colors you want to paint—and go to town with it. You’re living in this space on a daily basis, it should inspire you to want to return to it at the end of the day.

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Celebrations!

Lastly, remember to invite friends over to share the experience. Seeing how people react to my space has been my favorite part of the entire process. 🤗

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