Modeling since the age of 15, Natalie Lim Suarez has been a notable figure in the fashion industry for years. Based in NYC, she is 1/2 Chinese, 1/4 Spanish, and 1/4 Mexican. With her passion for photography, creative direction, design, music, writing, modeling, and style, NATALIE OFF DUTY was born. Completely inspired by the "model off duty" on-the-go lifestyle. Sharing her stories, inspirations, and projects through her own photography and writing. Already noted for her winning fans in Harper's Bazaar UK, featured editorials in ELLE, and WWD for her "Good Taste." Along with campaigns and ambassadorships to top fashion and beauty brands from around the world. Some including COACH, DKNY, L'oreal Paris, Saks 5th Avenue, Sunglass Hut, Levis, and Nordstrom. Her eclectic, unique style has launched many successful design collaborations sold in top retailers around the world. Next to fashion, Natalie's other passion is music. Singing along with piano/guitar continue to pop up in her upcoming fashion campaigns.
As winter comes along, I’m making my Dumbo, Brooklyn loft feel a lot more intimate, inviting, and cozy…and not just for me, but for all of the people in my life when they come to visit. That always starts with upgrading my living and dining room interiors and adding a lot more seating space so all of my guests feel like my home is theirs as well. I discovered Interior Define on a recent trip to Chicago, where I walked by their gorgeous boutique during a day of shopping. I went inside and fell in love with their clean aesthetic, with a close attention to details and quality. I came back to NYC and customized my selects on their online shop to perfectly work in my home.
Neutrals for me are a must. My home is a mix of soft blues, grays, concrete, wood, and little pops of red. I have been traveling so much this year. When I am home in NYC, I cherish every single moment I get to enjoy here. I love a shabby chic aesthetic that feels lived in and loved, but with a relaxing and elegant color approach. I love inviting friends over to cook a hearty breakfast, or simple circle around my living room space with a bottle of wine. A sectional sofa for me is a must. I had all this extra floor space, and just wanted a much larger couch that made for really stretching out on. This piece gives me that ahhh moment when I come home after a long work trip. The Ms. Chesterfield Sectional Sofa was perfect. I adore the old-fashioned men’s club design with really elegant tufting. It’s my go-to style in any home. I customized it in the fabric, Seed, which is a really amazing cross weave that adds a lot of dimension and warmth.
As for dining area, I have this really luxurious concrete and wood table, but I needed the perfect chairs to match. The Audrey leather dining chairs by Interior Define were just the right fit, with a super luxurious, sleek and modern design to match. You just sit in them and never want to get up. I chose the “New City” gray color with Matte Brass legs. You can choose between a few gorgeous and warm shades of leather with either Matte Black or Chrome legs. Each combination is absolutely divine. These chairs are just so yummy and so pretty to look at. I can’t wait to finally have my guests over and put them to good use.
My NYC loft has been through a lot of small changes! It’s almost 3 years since I’ve bought my first home and it still feels brand new because I’m constantly making it feel more like home whether it be changing a rug or putting up a new work of art. I finally feel a real sense of coziness the moment I walk in. It’s warm and fully lived in. It doesn’t really feel like you’re in the heart of NYC. The foyer is what I wanted to make the most inviting. I’m a huge fan of Article‘s mid-century furniture and their twist on the classics, like this amazing Geome Sideboard and now it’s the first thing guests see when they walk into my front door. I fell in love with it’s cubic cut pieces of solid oak. It’s unique and special. In NYC, we’re all about making the most of our space, and this sideboard is so roomy for storage all while keeping my space clean, minimal, and super chic. When I think of warmth, I think of wood. Wood works so well against my industrial and lofty red pipes and open windows. I also had an empty wall that I thought could work so well for yes, more storage. I took this empty, narrow wall and placed the Culla Dresser right there. It was hard finding the perfect fit…I needed something slim but tall. Article’s Culla Dresser fit absolutely perfectly. It’s a good place to use for extra blankets and home necessities. Thanks to Article, there’s a place for everything in my space.
I like my bedroom to be super minimal with a combination of whites and grey. This soft color palette really helps me rest each night. I like to invest in amazing bedding because it just makes me feel so good as I tuck myself to sleep each night! A gorgeous well-made bed really is something to put the time and effort into. I just spruced up my bedding with the amazing Kassatex New York. Founded in 1999 right here in the Garment District of NYC, Kassatex has a love for creating chic, luxury bed and bath products inspired by the classic and sleek NYC style. It’s superior comfort that is casual, affordable luxury. I went with their beautiful Mercer bedding. I fell in love with this clean waffle design. This cotton and linen combination creates a texture that instantly makes a simple white bedding, not so simple. Plus, the more pillows, the better! I topped off my set with a gorgeous baby alpaca throw in light grey and charcoal. It’s so important to invest in a good night’s sleep. I travel so much that I count on a good 8 hour sleep every night to get me through a jam packed day, or early call time. I like the feeling that little luxuries, like a brand new bed set, can bring. Kassatex New York is a believer in high quality bedding…and trust me, I’m all about high quality sleep. Take a little peek inside my NYC loft.
The Suarez Sisters love our Sundays. Sundays are meant to feel easy. We like to stay around our Dumbo, Brooklyn pads and soak in all that our neighborhood has to offer. As for what I wear on the weekends? Anything that moves freely and feels soft to touch on my skin. I’m so excited to share our Joie Sunday Girl story and interview, featuring both Dylana and I. This was shot on a very rainy, gloomy day here in the city in and around our homes. We got to chat with the team on how we got our start, how we work together yet seem to differentiate ourselves (especially with what we wear), and what our perfect Sunday in the city looks like. The amazing thing about this feature is getting to reflect on our growth as both individuals and a sister duo. We took the latest Joie spring collection and layered it up, styling it in our very own eclectic way. I have worn Joie for as long as I can remember and I love how the designs have evolved and grown with me…always classic, sophisticated, French chic with everything: joie de vivre.