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.
In Los Angeles, I like home to feel really clean and modern. But I wanted a pop of color with a little vintage-inspired touch. Meet my new custom Interior Define dining chairs. They are very similar to the ones I have in my NYC loft, but with a slightly different design and in the most amazing shade. I love my Interior Define chairs in NYC so much that I also got them for Los Angeles! I customized the Dylan dining chair with luxurious blush velvet and gorgeous matte brass legs. When I sit in them, I go “ahhh.” They are just so incredibly comfortable and well made. For small dinner parties at home, they are both elegant and fun. Blush really seems to go with everything like a large granite dining table and a little shearling thrown over for a chic personal touch. The dining area really is the heart of the home. I like how it feels so statement now with a perfect pop of pink. On the West Coast, I live for opening up the balcony doors, letting the sun shine in, and having an early home cooked meal at sunset with friends and family. These chairs just add even more to that easy, breezy state of mind that I’m in whenever I am home in Los Angeles.
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.
This beautiful Shelter Island, NY abode is home to interior designer, Jonathan Adler. The moment I walked through the bold orange front door, I immediately stopped and gasped. Once you soak in the gorgeous and eclectic decor, you’ll notice it’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows, looking out to it’s own private beach. Talk about breathtaking. This interior designer really knows how to make a statement.
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.