When it comes to celebrity homes in New York, it often seems like there are two extremes in terms of decor: there’s either the sparse, completely-devoid-of-personality spaces that are clearly not being used very much (see: Kathryn Bigelow’s Tribeca apartment), or there are the homes that have a lot of personality—to the point where it’s hard to imagine yourself living there. (Tyra Bank’s Battery Park City penthouse is just one of many examples.)
Then there’s the elusive third category: spaces that have personality and some design flair, but not to a ludicrous degree. Meg Ryan achieved it with her recently-sold Soho loft; so did Emmy Rossum, who recently sold her chic Sutton Place pad for $1.1 million. And now, The Mindy Project creator Mindy Kaling can add herself to that category with her newly renovated Nolita pied-à-terre, which she recently revealed on Instagram.
The renovation is the product of a collaboration with One Kings Lane, whose studio worked with the TV star to create a chic, cozy New York apartment. (Here’s what it looked like before.) But it could’ve veered into “way too much personality” territory; on One Kings Lane’s blog, Kaling says that, “If it was up to me, every inch of this place would be covered with some kind of tchotchke.”
The designer she worked with, Sally Gotfredson, instead steered her in a “Midcentury meets Moroccan” direction, which means lots of clean, Danish-inspired furniture, with pops of color coming from the decor (like a series of graphic prints in the living room, or a Moroccan floor pillow).
“I really learned from my past decorating mistakes,” Kaling told OKL. “I would fall in love with a really bright specific color, end up painting the whole room that color, and get really sick of it.” There’s probably not much chance of that happening here—it’s a great example of how a little bit goes a long way.
Take a spin through the apartment on Kaling’s Instagram; the whole thing is also shoppable through OKL, right this way. (And while the pieces aren’t exactly cheap, it’s certainly a more affordable way to steal a celeb’s style.)