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.
Natalie Lim Suarez is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
To have a chandelier in my NYC loft was a dream of mine. I used to walk the streets at night in Brooklyn Heights and would just stop and stare at the twinkles coming from chandeliers in beautiful townhomes. And maybe now, when someone walks by and looks up to my windows, they will get a glimmer of inspiration as well. Timeless. Elegant. It’s everything I love about home decor. I am so excited to have partnered with Hudson Valley Lightingto feature a few key pieces that really transformed my space. This is the definition of mood lighting.
Meet the Tulip Gold Leaf chandelier. It’s a very different twist on a chandelier as the crystals face upwards rather than hang down. It’s uniqueness and complexity is what made me gravitate towards it. Plus, tulips remind me of spring and re-awakenings. This is a piece I will keep forever and take even to my next home!
The Hurley floor lamps are simple and chic. I really love clean, white shades and a luxurious base. My living room is already feeling much brighter.
In my bedroom, I got a matching set of the Locust Grove turquoise lamps! In my bedroom, I love little pops of color, and this was a perfect addition. It feels modern yet playful.
So how are you creating the mood in your home space?
“What I love most about my Dumbo, Brooklyn, loft is the spacious chef’s kitchen. It’s the center of my home and perfect for entertaining. I love how clean and bright the design is, but with a play on colors like a soft blue island paired with bright red barstools.”
I’m having a total pinch me moment. My feature on my home for ELLE Decor! I’m sharing a few more outtakes from our shoot to give you a little peek into my space. You’ll find little pops of color like red and baby blue, as well as a mix of old and new that gives me a sense of balance when I’m home. I like to stick true to it’s lofty, industrial design with a really cozy, modern feel. My home feels lived in but at the same time feel like a breath of fresh air for me. As my style evolves, so does my home. I’m always finding ways to update it, like this new couch (mine is from Interior Define) or a new rug. My home is an endless project that I never want to end 🙂
“I love a real statement piece like a dining table that brings people together. My dining table and chairs have an elegant design, with a minimalistic approach. This set is so heavy and amazing that it will be with me for a long time. The soft gray leather dining chairs were also custom-made.”
“My loft is industrial-chic, with a modern, elegant touch. I had the pipes painted red for a pop of color against all the wood and concrete accents. It’s a space that feels lived-in with a super open-concept layout. It feels eclectic with all of the unique custom chairs and large L-shaped sofa by Interior Define. The fur statement chair is by Stewart-Schafer and the table is from High Fashion Home.
“My home feels airy and bright, thanks to the custom glass sliding doors leading to the bedroom. The space has views of the Empire State Building and Williamsburg Bridge. It feels like a real home with that classic loft vibe in the most charming area of New York City. The vibrant pink velvet chair gives this very minimal and zen space a playful feel.”
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.