Michael's Calm TriBeCa Apartment

Michael's Calm TriBeCa Apartment

Rachael Grad
Aug 17, 2009

Name: Michael & Ralphie (1-year old King Charles Cavalier)
Location: TriBeCa
Size: about 600 square feet
Years lived in: rented for 2.5 years

A sense of calm overtakes you when you enter Michael's apartment. Off a busy street in TriBeCa, the home is soothing and quiet — regarding both noise (soundproof windows) and the clean decor. Michael's neutral palette and classic furniture show off his growing art collection and the lovely bones of his one-bedroom apartment.

The outer walls have exposed brick and iron braces, which Michael has mostly left uncovered. An architect by training, Michael was drawn to the apartment's brick walls, great light, and nice finishings. One of Michael's architectural drawings is hanging in the foyer, but he prefers to hang the artwork of his friends and other artists. The home is a cozy place where Michael is able to work and entertain friends.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My style: calm, eclectic

Inspiration: friends' art, memories, comfort, and calm

Favorite Element: the exposed brick walls with iron braces

Biggest Challenge: keeping the space functional yet inviting and beautiful

What Friends Say: feels so spacious for the size

Biggest Embarrassment: Bookcases from IKEA and Container Store. No built-ins until I own.

Proudest DIY: I built the bookshelf

Biggest Indulgence: art

Best advice: Just show up! Specifically, show up to events to which you are invited, but generally, show up to life.

Dream source: a Parisian-style, Belle Epoque apartment and its contents.

Resources of Note (furnishings, hardware, appliances & materials):

Paint & Colors: White. Ever-blinding white... (came with the place)

Furniture: Crate & Barrel couch and side chair, Design Within Reach desk, Ralph Lauren Home bedside and foyer tables, Pottery Barn coffee table, Container Store and Ikea shelves

Lighting: Moss bedroom lamp and Restoration Hardware standing lamp

Art: Jacquie Green, blue painting by Shelby Perkins, Stephen Kinsella, Rachael Grad, Sarah E. Wood (black plant in foyer), kitchen knife by Christopher Chiappa (courtesy of The Kate Werble Gallery)

(Images: Rachael Grad)

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