Lisa Salzer’s jewelry line, Lulu Frost, is known for its genius mash-up of modern and vintage elements, and the same could be said about her and her husband’s stylishly lived-in, jewel-box-size Manhattan apartment. The newlyweds—Lisa and contemporary-ballet dancer Marlon Taylor-Wiles tied the knot last October in Montauk—frequently collaborate on projects (he’s the co-designer for George Frost, the unisex offshoot of her main line), so it’s no wonder they were on the same page when it came to decorating their apartment. The effortlessly cool couple invited us over to check out their artistic, well-appointed home and shared their advice for couples on merging belongings and creating a stylish, harmonious abode—together.
Design for Company
“We love to entertain, so it’s very important to us that our guests feel comfortable in our home,” Lisa says. Gatherings are centered around the living room, which was designed with multiple seating nooks to create instant conversation areas. “We can easily have 10 friends over, and they can sit anywhere—on the floor, on the ottoman, on the sheepskin rug in front of the fireplace,” says Lisa. “We’ll play records, get a fire going, drink wine. It’s a very comfortable home, and that’s exactly what we wanted.”
Play Up Your Home’s Best Features
Despite its diminutive size (just 600 square feet!), the couple’s apartment boasts tall ceilings, which they emphasized as much as possible. Extra-long curtains were hung high above the living room windows to elongate the silhouette, and a graceful ficus tree was placed in a corner to emphasize the height of the room. The couple also painted one wall in the living room a rich navy blue. “This created a focal point and helps draw the eye upward,” Lisa says.
Decorate and Learn About Each Other
Sure, you may think you know your spouse inside and out, but merging your belongings is a chance to learn even more. “Marlon has traveled the world as a dancer and has an incredible art collection,” Lisa says. “I learned so much about where he’s been and the amazing stories behind his favorite pieces.”
Collaborate on a Gallery Wall
Salon-style gallery walls are having a moment, and they’re the perfect way to unite your individual collections of art, mementos, and found objects into a single one that visually represents your new, combined life together. When it came to creating a gallery wall in their dining room, Lisa and Marlon approached it methodically, first laying all the potential pieces on the floor, mixing and matching to figure out the perfect layout. “Initially I thought everything should be in a black frame, but Marlon preferred a more eclectic look,” says Lisa. “Now I like it that way—gold, black, brown, white frames, some pieces without frames. It’s a cool way to do art, to not make everything uniform.”
Start with a Clean Slate
After Marlon moved in to Lisa’s apartment, rather than having him work his belongings into the existing decor, the couple decided to start fresh. “Marlon definitely has his own sense of style, so I was thrilled to combine his belongings with my own,” says Lisa. “We redid the apartment when he moved in—bought a few new pieces of furniture and painted the walls so everything felt fresh. It was important that we both loved our space.” Starting with a blank canvas and then making a few big decor decisions together will make it easier for both of you to call your place home.
We’ll play records, get a fire going, drink wine. It’s a very comfortable home, and that’s exactly what we wanted.
We redid the apartment when he moved in—bought a few new pieces of furniture and painted the walls so everything felt fresh. It was important that we both loved our space.
Cute couple! I hope it will be a very happy home.
What’s the name of the blue paint?