photographs by melanie acevedo
styling by christina wressell
text by charlotte druckman
As a prop stylist, Rebecca Omweg’s
job is all about shopping for gorgeous objects. So her 540-square-foot Manhattan apartment/work space would seem a natural breeding ground for clutter. But thanks to a calm palette and clever thinking, she achieves a warm, clean aesthetic.
Porcelain Patterned Lamp
A still life composed of mementos, vintage porcelain and Omweg’s handmade journal serves as a dining table centerpiece.
simple rooms, intricate vignettesIn the studio-with-alcove apartment Omweg shares with boyfriend Björn Wallender (and dog Ella), the living space is an exercise in restraint—spare furnishings delineate functional, versatile zones. The vintage settee that divides work and lounging areas has visible legs, making the potentially heavy piece feel light. Storage units along the room’s periphery, plus all-white walls, keep the space airy. This calm backdrop allows Omweg’s dynamic object clusters to pop, bringing touches of character to the room.
Peony Pink Glass Cube
creative organizationA narrow galley kitchen, typical of city apartments, has one long stretch of work space and appliances. Using wall-mounted shelves and plain cardboard banker’s boxes, Omweg transformed the oft-unused opposite wall into an elaborate yet streamlined filing system. Instead of labeling each container’s contents in messy handwriting, Omweg preserves uniformity with stenciled numbers (a master list in her desk keeps track of what’s inside). On the other wall, high-frequency items—vintage Heller serving plates, a Rosenthal vase and porcelain espresso cups—live on open shelves for easy access.
With numbered boxes, a storage problem becomes a compelling graphic statement.
flexible furnitureIn the living area, IKEA kitchen cabinets topped with MDF board serve as a contemporary, office-style credenza. “It was so much easier than making built-ins from scratch,” Omweg says. “The dimensions were right, and I love the high-gloss finish.” She fit these into the nook in the wall, and raised them on metal legs so the unit appears less conspicuous, drawing attention to the art books on top.
Raised cabinets lighten the space.
LANCASTER DINING TABLE
By mounting the dining table on casters—it’s actually two tables pushed together—clearing floor space for big projects is a snap. Omweg chose the Salvation Army metal chairs for their stackability and pale color; they nearly vanish in the room’s whiteness.
handcrafted tranquilityWith no storage in her tiny bathroom, Omweg brought in a cylindrical stackable Kartell unit for hiding unsightly grooming supplies. “I like the modern feel of the plastic mixed with the old deco details of the bathroom,” she says. Homemade items, such as the supersoft cotton facecloths she knits and the hand-stitched toiletries case, are displayed on top.
Lavender sachets left on pillows infuse the room by bedtime.
sensual minimalismBecause the apartment’s white walls have a trace of pink, softness pervades. Omweg plays this up with her handmade leather-and-linen pillows in the sleeping nook. A floating ledge supports treasures and essentials, while the dark ceiling fixture stands out as the focal point in the room. A captain’s bed (with drawers in its base) pulled slightly away from the wall provides a bit of extra space under the shelf. “When I first moved, I had a hard time being in this spot because it just felt very claustrophobic,” Omweg says. “Keeping things light and fresh makes it comfortable.”