Name: Stephanie Michaan
Location: West Village NYC
Size: 1,495 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 6 years
Though Stephanie has owned this apartment in New York's West Village for six years, she says it feels brand new thanks to a recent redesign she gave the home. White walls maximize the beautiful bright natural light that pours in from big windows. Sparse furnishings are kept interesting by choosing good designs in rich materials. And the way Stephanie uses black and white in this home shows just how powerful two contrasting colors can be.
Stephanie's the designer behind The Interior, a new company that can provide interior styling, organization and sourcing services. Her style definitely has the balance and harmony of a professional's home, but she mixes in details that add interest. And the contrast that happens with black and white adds definite drama to the space. Unfortunately, Stephanie no longer lives in this home; she still owns it, but now rents it out. However, we've got a tour of the home she's currently living in...an airy, beachy modern house in Bridgehampton, New York.
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Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: My style is a mix of modern, clean and simple. I love creating spaces that make you feel instantly relaxed and at ease.
Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is nature. I love the water and the beach so it's important for me to take elements of the outdoors and add them into an interior; even in the middle of New York City. Clean, minimal lines and tons of natural sunlight also never fail to inspire me!
Favorite Element: I recently stripped the dark brown floors and was so happy to find the natural wood is white oak. I added a light, natural stain on top and it changed the entire space. I love making a space feel larger and more open by using lighter elements.
Biggest Challenge: The kitchen. I love the apartment but the kitchen has always been a bit too modern for me. I've tried to embrace it but in the future that is one area I would like to add a bit of warmth to.
What Friends Say: When friends come over they comment on the amount of light there is for a New York apartment. There is floor to ceiling windows and a view of a quaint, cobblestone street that always catches people's attention.
Biggest Embarrassment: The blue glass! The apartment has very modern and sleek blue glass walls in the bathrooms—perfect for a bachelor! This was a challenge when I bought the apartment because it checked every other box and I loved the space. If I could change them I would opt for a subtler glass.
Proudest DIY: The oversized sectional couch—I love how simple and comfortable it is.
Biggest Indulgence: The fireplace… even though it's not the real thing, there is something so cozy about curling up in front of it.
Best Advice: Less is more, in every sense of the saying!
Dream Sources: The Line! I am so in love with their home pieces and styling.