Name: Stephanie Adamowicz
Location: West Village — New York, New York
I live in a 450 square foot studio in a walk-up building in the West Village in Manhattan, New York. I work for two art dealers at a gallery on the Upper East Side, and advise young and new collectors, curate exhibitions, and write All Art is Contemporary in my spare time, so I am constantly looking at artistic and aesthetic objects — whether they are painting, photography, sculpture, or furniture in galleries, museums, private collections, or public art. This line of work invariably turns you into a collector, which means that small spaces are extremely challenging!
My aesthetic is very much an evolving subject that is influenced by what I see on a daily basis, as well as my European background, and my love for travel. I am frequently drawn to conceptual artwork or art that makes art historical, historical, or literary references, while staying contemporary and relevant to the present. As a result, my apartment is a mix of old and new, historical and contemporary, refurbished and new. My art collection has 17th century drawings in gilded frames and antique woodblock prints in modern frames mixed in with contemporary works such as a lenticular hologram-like work and sculpture of books by Gareth Long, a watercolor study by Mark Barrow, and a photograph by Sharon Core. My most recent acquisition is a photograph by Rachel Bee Porter that I cannot wait to get framed!
My passion for art has also led to a rather eclectic decorating style. Most of the furniture is in a neutral palette so as to let the art stand out. I have some contemporary, clean, simple pieces like my couch or dresser, which I have mixed with a vintage barn wood dining table/desk from the Brooklyn flea market, a Moroccan-style low side table, and a lucite console. I also recently purchased a 19th century French settee from an antiques dealer in California that is in the process of being refinished. The upholstery has been replaced, and I am slowly working on rediscovering the original color of the wood under an unfortunate layer of gold paint. In the meantime, a shawl from India that a friend just sent me is acting as a throw and is nicely offsetting the gold color.
One of the first things that I tell my art advising clients is to buy what they love. As a guiding philosophy, I've tried to slowly acquire furniture that I really like rather than buying it all at once. So at this stage of my life, I am still putting together my home and figuring out what it is that appeals to me most. Also like art, you won't love everything that you buy today in 20 years, but you hope that as you mature you figure out what it is that speaks to you and makes you most comfortable.
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