A minimalist living and dining space

Before: A minimalist living and dining space needs jazzing up.

The problem: "I had a very unfortunate moment of Santa Fe in the late eighties, and so with this apartment I didn't want anything muted or watery or pastel," says Lisa Kogan, O, The Oprah Magazine's writer at large. Her senses singed by all that burning sage, Lisa's taste is now so exquisitely sharp you could cut your finger on it.

The ghosts of Mies and Breuer and Eileen Gray nod approvingly down from style heaven on the chic black, "weimaraner taupe" and crisp white of her living room. Yet, says Lisa, "I feel like I've got a good little black dress, and I don't know how to make it great. I want to be a bit daring, but I'm torn because I like things to be very spare and clean, and I also like them to be very whimsical and out there. So I told Todd, just think feng shui meets rococo."
Blue and citrus color theme

After: Apply spots of color judiciously throughout the rooms. The dining room repeats the blue and citrus color theme of the living room with orange silk on the French doors leading to the kitchen, and chartreuse floor-to-ceiling silk curtains.
Multistripe lampshades and pillows

After: Multistripe lampshades and pillows, a blue wall and a chartreuse vase and mirror frame inject color into the neutral living room. Black accents tie it all together: trim on the sisal rug, a lampshade and the Plexiglas top on a chartreuse console.

The solution: Stylist Todd Moore saw a blue vase and a bowl of green apples, and his magic started to happen. He found pillows in a sharp little stripe: that Windex blue, tweaked by black, orange, and chartreuse. He found ribbons in each one of those colors and mimicked the pattern on two matching lampshades. Then he took the color of each stripe and carried it through the room. The blue covered one whole wall and winked from a group of milky blue goblets. The orange ricocheted from a bowl of oranges to an orange book to two panels of vivid, orange silk Todd hung behind the glass of the French doors that lead to Lisa's kitchen. A mirror was reframed and painted chartreuse, as was a table that Todd set behind the sofa. And for every perk of color, he added what he called a 'ground of black.'