Name: Stephanie Julia
Location: Greenwich Village, NYC
Size: 900 Square feet
Years lived in: 14
Visiting Stephanie's Greenwich gem was a peep into her passionate soul. Through the years she carefully collected items that reflect her deep love for travel, family and animals. Steph has lived in this apartment for more than a decade and her home has evolved with her changing needs, you instantly sense this is her resting place and haven.
The eclectic art collection were gifts and creations from friends and family and her sentiment is clear as she reminisce a tale of every item. Her love for animals are revealed with pictures of horses in every room, a fantastic example of a personalized design theme. For Steph nesting is an ongoing process and she is always on the lookout for a new treasure, most recently she found a new pet on the window sill!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My/Our style: Vintage, International, Modern and Traditional Indigenous.
Inspiration:Every element that surrounds me has a story, every blanket, bowl, dish, picture, painting. That my home reminds me of travels I have made and relationships I have kept.
What are your hopes and dreams?: That someday with my help even, that cruelty towards animals will diminish greatly. To inspire people to eat less meat or no meat at all. For the world to be aware of their impact and that individuals alone can make a difference. I hope that I can make a film to envelope these ideals and that people watch it and learn from it and feel inspired by it. I try to do this every day though, why wait to make the film, when I try to live it.
Biggest Challenge: Clutter, I love to showcase, I find myself moving things around constantly
What Friends Say: It feels like a home
Biggest Embarrassment: I had a date over one day and I thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye flapping. A pigeon flew in to my apartment — pooped everywhere. I have a family of pigeons that sit on my bedroom window sill. They coo every morning. I know they are rats with wings but I love them! The sound they make I am glad we don't have those anti pigeon razors on the sills of our building. We need the pigeons, they clean up the streets!
Proudest DIY: Rewiring the chandelier in my entry hall that I purchased for $100. They have the same ones at ABC carpet for like $1,500 dollars!
Biggest Indulgence: New double pained sound proof windows and my new kitchen (still under a little bit of construction. Almost done!
Best advice: There is a place for everything and everything for its place. I try to buy real things, nothing made in china or found in home goods. I prefer things with a history. I get why IKEA does so well, but I find you can do so much better at antique shops or flea markets. To have one of a kind pieces is really important and to give old furniture a home, is really special, try to buy things that support local industry. I love estate sales. I also do most of my shopping on vacation, bringing back pottery and fabrics that I rotate depending on the seasons. I love things made by hand. I never bargain, I always pay full price, especially in Latin America. What is the difference of a couple dollars?