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.
Dining tables are meant to be special. Made for great meals, conversation, and getting things done. I was looking for something extra sturdy and big for my new loft. I found the perfect matching wood and concrete pieces over at High Fashion Home. The warwick dining table and matching sideboard sure weighed a ton, but I don’t think I’ll be moving them any time soon! Right now, I’m diggin’ a lot of modern and contemporary pieces that went with my home’s already industrial minimal aesthetic. I’ve always been drawn to wood and anything with a raw, natural feel and HFH Home really nailed it in that department. Maybe it comes from my folk’s house back in LA, fully crafted in wood from the top to bottom…so having a touch of that makes my home feel more like home. It’s nice having a good drafting place to meet with friends and come up with ideas on whatever we’re working on. Planning our next escape, drawing and pinning inspiration for our next shoot, or simply writing. Home should always be a place that inspires you to think outside the box and use a bit of your imagination. Give yourself that little bit of space!
Meet my dream couch by Joybird. I am a sucker for the perfect tufted couch, and I found it. Joybird’s Mid-Century furniture can be customized in different colors, making shopping their simply chic design aesthetic online even more exciting. Each piece is inspired by the Mid-Century movement of the ’50s and ’60s, from designs such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Cara Greenburg, and Ero Saarinen. It wasn’t until I moved to NYC that I really started to appreciate a touch of Mid-Century style…and of course, shopping everything online. It’s addicting and saves time. Joybird has totally made home shopping easy as 1,2,3. I had a hard time choosing between this and a bright mustard yellow! There’s a side of me that’s wacky and colorful, and the side of me that’s calm and loves all soft watercolors. Grey just seemed too perfect though against my pale blue walls and the fire-y pops of red. And can we talk about how comfortable it is? You don’t want to get off of it on movie night. It is indeed one of the most comfortable couches ever made. Lucky me.
Here’s a little sneak peek inside my home. I’m always singing something. Here’s a little tune and a strum to “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding.
This month I’ll be revealing bits of my DUMBO, Brooklyn loft! So much sweat was put into getting it just right. Home for me is always a work in progress. But I like to start with the little details. My favorite things to shop for are rugs and woven pieces to warm up my already minimal home. I immediately went to Lulu & Georgia. I love their play on color and texture. They carry every type style, but I love their beautiful exotic collection. I of course gravitated towards the Sauri wool rug. I went with the extra large size for my living room. It’s dramatic and really brightens up my space. How beautiful are the deep red colors? I clearly have a thing for red. It’s so vibrant and bold! So most of my house bounces off it’s industrial red accents like the painted pipes and bright barstools.
There’s also something about sheepskin I can’t get enough of. I like them casually thrown over a chair, or like here, thrown over my couch. It’s simple, chic, and extra cozy. The long “Alma” sheepskin rugis a transitional piece that can be styled anywhere.
When it comes to hanging things on my walls, I’m still slowly finding artwork from my travels and adventures. But I love to play off textures. So I snagged a Lulu & Georgia wall hanging reminds me of my childhood. Of all my colorful wool knits. It adds a bit of an earthy element to my entryway. Though I love the industrial, minimal vibe, my style is still super quirky.
So I just got back home to Dumbo, Brooklyn after a month long of traveling. Yes, I’m completely wiped out, but I’ve got a ton of work to do on my new loft, next to getting a good night’s sleep because boy is this week going to be non-stop! My couch is almost here. My dining table and buffet table won’t be here for another week, so I figured I may as well begin with putting together my guest room. I just received 2 amazing Helix Sleepmattresses to put together a gorgeous day bed. I’m excited to pile it with metallic pillows and a red comforter. The amazing thing about Helix is you can customize the mattress, and it’s a simple and easy process. We spend the majority of our life sleeping. It’s worth investing in something so important. With Helix, you start by picking the side you sleep on, decide what you love/hate about your current mattress, and what firmness you prefer. Then, they create one that works best for your body type. Totally personalized.
For me, I always sleep on my side. I love my mattress very firm. And I nearly never wake up in the middle night, ever. I shall continue to sleep like a baby from now!
My story on my home and loft will be out soon. Patiently making it perfect.