Halle & Jeff's East Village Apartment

Halle & Jeff's East Village Apartment

Janel Laban
May 16, 2016
(Image credit: Emily Johnston)

Name: Halle and Jeff
Location: East Village, New York, NY
Size: 1,250 square feet
Years lived in: 1

The talented guest photographer for this tour, Emily Johnston, gave us the background scoop on this newly redesigned apartment: "Halle and her husband Jeff recently moved to NYC from San Francisco. They were looking for that rare city home with outdoor space when they found and fell in love with this East Village apartment. After a nine-month renovation gutting and extending the kitchen, adding an office, and creating a second full bath, they can now call this place home."

(Image credit: Emily Johnston)

As anyone who has undertaken one knows, renovations are always an adventure, and Halle confirms that the oft-shared rule of thumb that, in the end, it will cost twice as much and take twice as long as you planned for, is true. But, in this case, I think we'd all agree that the delightful results justify the long road to this particular design destination. From the very fashion forward boldly patterned tile and black painted cabinets in the kitchen to the curtained floor to ceiling windows in the bedroom, I'd say that this home is a perfect example of well-designed "livable luxe" circa 2015.

(Image credit: Emily Johnston)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Comfortable and surprising

Inspiration: Great NYC boutique hotels like the Jade, Gramercy Park, Nomad, and Crosby Street

Favorite Element: The wide plank, pine floors that are 150+ years old

Biggest Challenge: The wide plank, pine floors which are uneven!

What Friends Say: "Are we really in NYC right now?"

Biggest Embarrassment: We had the opportunity to get custom cabinetry over the dishwasher, but I decided to be cheap. I totally regret that decision and hate the way the dishwasher stands out!

Biggest Indulgence: Mauviel cookware set, especially since I don’t cook

Best Advice: A girlfriend warned me that all renovations come in at double the money and double the time estimated (she was right!)

Dream Sources: ABC Furniture, OLY, and Serena & Lily

(Image credit: Emily Johnston)

Resources of Note:


  • Custom cabinets painted Benjamin Moore Mopboard Black
  • Custom butcherblock counters
  • Ceiling and beams - OC-117 Simply White high gloss
  • Cabinet pulls - Anthropologie
  • Fridge- Smeg Fab28
  • Rohl farmohouse sink
  • Faucet by Waterworks
  • Tile - Urban Archeology
  • Lights - Thomas O'Brien Light Pendant

Breakfast Nook

  • Vintage table from Nadeau
  • Eaton Banquette from Arhaus
  • Rattan Side Chair from VivaTerra

Living Room

  • Sofa - Crate & Barrell
  • Coffee Table - West Elm
  • Rug - Safavieh
  • Chairs - ABC Furniture
  • Lamp- Jonathan Adler
  • Art work - Etsy
  • Neon Chair - Peg Chair by Tom Dixon


  • Bed - cobble hill for ABC
  • Side tables - ABC Furniture
  • Side table - ghost buster by kartell
  • Artwork above fireplace - OneKingsLane
  • Stool - Restoration Hardware
(Image credit: Emily Johnston)

Big thanks to Emily and Halle!

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Re-edited from a tour originally published in 2015 - AB

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