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.
- Azzurro wool rug — Home Union NYC
- Baron side table — Lemieux et Cie
- Coffee table — Handmade by Chris Antista
- Couch — CB2
- Peckaboo acrylic coffee table — CB2
- LR chair — CB2
- Tall lamp — Urban Outfitters
- Surf board — Custom made from Bunger Surf Shop
- Console — Anthropologie
- Colorful box — Boutique in Italy
- Frame TV — Samsung
- Candle — Fair Harbor
- Speaker — Marshall Acton
- Small lamp — Urban Outfitters
- 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
This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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