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A Double-Duty Dining Room Makeover for Entrepreneur Stephanie Nass

A Double-Duty Dining Room Makeover for Entrepreneur Stephanie Nass
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Perhaps better known by the name of her company, Chefanie, entertaining expert Stephanie Nass dreams up delightful hand-painted pastry embellishments by day and hosts lively supper-club-style dinners by night. As an entrepreneur who runs her business from her New York City apartment, Stephanie needed a dining space that also served as an office. But how does one fit a table for 10, the right amount of mood lighting, and storage for a bevy of culinary tools into a petite space?

Cue The Studio at One Kings Lane, our in-house design service, which managed to tick every box on Stephanie’s list. An expandable dining table now doubles as an expansive desk, storage ottomans flank a console-slash-buffet, and bins organized beneath the room’s double-height windows conceal all of Stephanie’s creative tools. As an added flourish, custom blue-and-white printed curtains from One Kings Lane for The Shade Store now frame the picture-perfect downtown view.

“It was as easy as it could have possibly been,” says Stephanie of working with The Studio team. Her penchant for traditional style (delft plates, an oil painting in a gilded frame) served as the driving force behind the overall look, and the design plan incorporated pieces she already owned alongside new finds. Her favorite part? “The back wall! Where treasured pieces I’ve collected over my life are hung in symmetrical harmony.”

The team from The Studio at One Kings Lane helped Stephanie create the perfect gallery wall by flanking a large painting with framed prints and delft plates. A pair of ceramic lamps by Bunny Williams Home plays up the symmetry.

The team from The Studio at One Kings Lane helped Stephanie create the perfect gallery wall by flanking a large painting with framed prints and delft plates. A pair of ceramic lamps by Bunny Williams Home plays up the symmetry.

When she’s not creating custom decorative pastry sheets, Stephanie is running her other business, the Victory Club—a supper club catering to creative groups. Her hand-painted menus are a signature; she made this one to coordinate with a mix of vintage tableware found on One Kings Lane. An arrangement of tropical plants inside a blue-painted birdcage makes for a fabulous (and long-lasting) centerpiece.

When she’s not creating custom decorative pastry sheets, Stephanie is running her other business, the Victory Club—a supper club catering to creative groups. Her hand-painted menus are a signature; she made this one to coordinate with a mix of vintage tableware found on One Kings Lane. An arrangement of tropical plants inside a blue-painted birdcage makes for a fabulous (and long-lasting) centerpiece.

Shades by One Kings Lane for The Shade Store—featuring an exclusive abstract floral print—set off the apartment’s dramatic two-story windows. Stephanie used the pattern as inspiration for one of her signature cake sheets.  

Shades by One Kings Lane for The Shade Store—featuring an exclusive abstract floral print—set off the apartment’s dramatic two-story windows. Stephanie used the pattern as inspiration for one of her signature cake sheets.  

How To: Create Your Own Jungle in a Birdcage

Our stylist crafted a fanciful floral arrangement for Stephanie’s table—and it’s surprisingly easy to pull together.

You will need:
3 or 4 tropical plants (we used a maidenhair fern, a blue star fern, a sweet-potato Marguerite, and a small orchid)
decorative birdcage

moss
cake stand or platter

Directions:
1. Remove all plants from their pots and group them together in a medium-size container, making sure to place the orchid (or other bloom of choice) at the center.

2. Nestle the container inside the birdcage and surround with moss to conceal. Pull leaves through the birdcage wires so that they fall naturally.

3. Place the birdcage atop a cake stand to elevate the arrangement. Marvel at your botanical genius.

The extendable dining table serves as the focal point of the multitasking space: By day it’s a desk, and by night it’s a table for a crowd. Stephanie’s existing armchair, striped bench, and cork stool were a perfect match for the new dusty blue rug and benches upholstered in an oversize chinoiserie print. Featuring a medley of vintage plates, French flatware, and brass accents, the tablescape showcases Stephanie’s love of blue and white—and her penchant for mixing old and new.

The extendable dining table serves as the focal point of the multitasking space: By day it’s a desk, and by night it’s a table for a crowd. Stephanie’s existing armchair, striped bench, and cork stool were a perfect match for the new dusty blue rug and benches upholstered in an oversize chinoiserie print. Featuring a medley of vintage plates, French flatware, and brass accents, the tablescape showcases Stephanie’s love of blue and white—and her penchant for mixing old and new.

When it’s not set for supper, the table is where Stephanie brings her creative ideas to life. In between drafting designs for her pastry sheets, planning menus, and painting place cards, she keeps up to speed with emails and client requests.

When it’s not set for supper, the table is where Stephanie brings her creative ideas to life. In between drafting designs for her pastry sheets, planning menus, and painting place cards, she keeps up to speed with emails and client requests.

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