A 500-Square-Foot West Village Rental’s Style Is Beach Meets Boho

A 500-Square-Foot West Village Rental’s Style Is Beach Meets Boho

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Name: Caroline Danehy, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Fair Harbor
Location: West Village — New York, New York
Size: 500 square feet
Type of home: One-bedroom apartment
Years lived in: 13 months, renting

I recently moved into my first solo one-bedroom apartment in the West Village. Since I was little, I have always envisioned myself living in a one-bedroom walk-up in the tranquil area of the West Village — and finding an old building with markings of its history and old charm, on a tree-lined street. A charming 500-square-foot space in a pre-war building with original wood floors and other unique details made it a reality.

With a hectic life building my company, it doesn’t often leave much room for quiet reflection or calmness, so I wanted to curate this space to be my personal haven. This apartment has made me realize just how important my quiet time is. As I began curating my home and filling my white walls and empty corners, I experienced a pretty wild feeling of freedom being able to use it as my personal expression and a living representation of my style and energy. I brought in a selection of my favorite brands and vintage shop finds, collecting each piece with a purpose.

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My Style and Inspiration: I grew up going to the beaches of Fair Harbor, Fire Island, which inspired me to co-found the sustainable coastal lifestyle brand Fair Harbor with my brother, Jake. A lot of that beachy aesthetic has informed my design sensibilities. I like things to feel bright and refreshing, but still a little sun-soaked and weathered, which works really well with the natural light of my small but airy space. I wanted to bring in design elements of the sun (reflected in the orange colors) and the sea (reflected in the blue tones).

Favorite Element: Definitely my dining room. This room faces east and gets amazing light early in the day — which is one of my favorite aspects of the apartment. Next to the window is an authentic Julien Roubinet photograph of a “Sticky Fingers” cassette tape from the 1972 Rolling Stones album. It was a part of Julien’s 2015 “Cassettes” series, reflecting the changing physicality of audio recording. We always had the Rolling Stones playing in the background at our Fair Harbor beach house, and I was immediately drawn to the vibrant colors.

I recently added a piece from Daniella Manin, a local Los Angeles artist, too. I like supporting small emerging artists and thought this was a fun print to add to my beach-inspired collection.




  • Chairs — Vintage, sourced from Etsy
  • Mid-century modern Cesca chair designed in 1928 — Marcel Breuer
  • B32 Cesca Bauhaus style — MOMA
  • Bowl — Vintage
  • Glasses —Boutique in Italy
  • Art —  Danielle Manini
  • Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” art — Julien Roubinet


  • Bedding — Brooklinen
  • Art — Original photo by Bryan Derballa

Thanks, Caroline!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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