How did you come to decorate your apartment with such striking colors? I recently found myself single again and decided to redo my place. I talked to my friends, designers Doug and Gene Meyer—Doug did the NiBa Home store—and they said, okay, you need to get rid of everything. I cleared out my apartment and we started by picking out the wall paint. The color they chose, Caribbean Blue Water from Benjamin Moore, frightened me a bit because I thought the shade was too dark (from $41 a gallon; benjaminmoore.com). But once I saw it on the walls, I really loved it.
Did you save any furniture from before the renovation? I kept this humongous china cabinet where I store all my dinnerware. Because my kitchen is so small, the cabinets there only have room for spices and dried goods and things like that. Doug wanted me to get rid of the china cabinet, and I said, "Doug, if you can find me another piece of furniture big enough to fit all of my tableware, then I'm happy to get rid of it." He never found one. So he painted my old cabinet Benjamin Moore's Kelly Green instead. It's really deep and cavernous and I stack all of my plates and glasses in it, organized by color. Color makes me so happy. I own a lot of the glasses we carry in the store, like these beautiful handblown Mexican glasses from a company called Nouvel that come in lime green, strawberry and amethyst ($16 and up from NiBa Home, 39 NE 39th St.; 305-573-1939 or nibahome.com). At the store, we organize everything by color, so if designers are doing a home in a particular color, they can pick just from that section.
How do you like to set your table? I just bought new "Kelli" everyday tableware from Crate & Barrel that's very '60s-style, to match the apartment. The plates are white porcelain with lime-green concentric rings (from $5 a salad plate; 800-967-6696 or crateandbarrel.com). At NiBa, we're starting to carry beautiful "Akiko" porcelain dishes with peonies and chrysanthemums from Kenzo, and I just got a few pieces for my home ($32 and up from NiBa Home).