Trying to grab the modern look of sleek pads like 3601 Euclid or 3520 Mockingbird Lane without busting the bank? Here are some great money-saving tips from modern interior design Ryan Korban, known for his extraordinary work for fashion designer Alexander Wang, actor James Franco, and the model Jessica Stam. (Korban’s Q&A appeared in Town & Country magazine; see the link below for the full article.)
What would you tell someone who doesn’t have a big budget?
Spend more on the smaller things. The biggest misconception is that all the money has to go for big pieces. Approach interiors the way that you approach fashion—the way you would splurge on an expensive pair of shoes but wear inexpensive jeans and instantly feel amazing.
What are your go-to basics?
I’m obsessive about lighting. That’s a struggle, particularly in New York. I love lamps and sconces and chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps. They can set your space apart, and they are an easy way to add personality and mood to a space—particularly small spaces. I love throws and pillows and fur. I love books; they warm a room up. Sculpture. Any sort of accessory.
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