Home of Love p2

Two West Elm daybeds serve as sofas in Rita Motta and Michael Perez’s living room. They are perfect resting places for an array of Motta’s prototype pillows. Motta designed the red chandelier over the dining table, a kindred spirit to the Kartell Bourgie lamp in clear Lucite which sits on a side table. Design magazines stacked under a shelf almost look like a piece of furniture.

The resourceful designer used scraps from an out-of-date Élitis sample book to cover the seat of her vanity bench and patterned the apartment’s concrete floors with porch paint from Home Depot.

Motta takes a call at a Parsons table, from a thrift shop, that sits below a cuckoo clock by Pascal Tarabay for Diamantini & Domeniconi

Motta made the chandelier for Art Basel Miami in 2002

Motta and Perez pay homage to midcentury modern design with a dresser found in a thrift shop that is topped with discoveries such as the avocado-green lamp and the blown-glass decanters.

The couple transformed shop-display cubes by lacquering them to such a sheen that they look fresh from the design center. The ceramic bedside lamp is a creation by Rita’s brother; the sheets are from Anthropologie.

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