This Renter Made a 1930s NYC Rental Look Like a Stunning, High-End Parisian Apartment

published Apr 3, 2023

This Renter Made a 1930s NYC Rental Look Like a Stunning, High-End Parisian Apartment

published Apr 3, 2023
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Name: Shelby Vanhoy and TJ Roebock; son, Brooks; and Newfoundland dog, Pearl
Location: Upper West Side — New York City, New York
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, rented

In Shelby Vanhoy and TJ Roebock’s New York City apartment, objects they’ve collected over time pair harmoniously. Gallery walls with original art inside gilded frames, trinkets found at flea markets and antique shops, and layers of organic textures and floral patterns piece together to create a mosaic of their favorite things. Shelby runs the website and Instagram account Pretty in the Pines, where she chronicles the design of their apartment as well as the home life.

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When they got the keys to the place, it had a charming simplicity characteristic of many 1930s-era apartments. This made it a perfect blank canvas to personalize. By adding details like ornate picture molding and two faux fireplace surrounds, they channeled a Haussmann-style look.

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The couple tackled all of these projects as a team, and Shelby designed each space with her family in mind. Their son, Brooks, and Newfoundland dog, Pearl, make themselves at home amidst the cozy furniture and open layout.

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“I’m very inspired by the historic architecture we’re surrounded by in the city as well as intricate stone and woodwork details that take you back in time,” Shelby wrote. “I like to think I add my own spin to it, though, by bringing in nature-inspired colors and timeless prints and patterns, and keeping things fairly relaxed because we do have a toddler and large dog. Family-friendly is key these days while still continuing to experiment with decorative details.”

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Apartment Therapy Survey

My style: Since moving to the Upper West Side of Manhattan from a suburban area in North Carolina, my style has been influenced dramatically by the historic architecture in this city. The newer modern apartments never interested me and I find myself wanting to make every space look older than it is. Over the years, I’ve found myself leaning toward a more traditional interior style, but keeping things relaxed, cozy, and family-friendly. I love to source pieces at flea markets and antique shops and find that the more secondhand finds I add to our home, the more unique and timeless it feels. I appreciate intricate European-inspired woodwork details so I’ve incorporated that in almost every room that once started as a simple white wall.

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Favorite element: My favorite element of our apartment would have to be all of the calming paint colors. I try to incorporate nature-inspired colors wherever possible to keep spaces feeling serene in the midst of a bustling city. For example, I love how I was able to create calmness and serenity in our nursery while also infusing blues and greens into the space.

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Proudest DIY or product hack: I was pretty proud of our kitchenette hack, but I also think one of the DIY projects that made the biggest impact was building a faux fireplace surround, which helped make our apartment feel like a home. We already had the fireplace surround, but we built a fireplace insert using wood, roman clay, and faux peel/stick bricks. The cherry on top was finding a cast iron fireplace cover to make it appear more real.

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PAINT & COLORS

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ENTRY

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LIVING ROOM

  • Ziki Sectional Couch – Sixpenny
  • Everywhere Velvet Pillow Cover – Pottery Barn
  • Gary Olive Green Accent Chairs – Scout and Nimble
  • Designer Louis Fireplace – Wayfair
  • Archer Laquered Dresser – CB2
  • Vintage Square Marble Table – Olde Good Things
  • Emile Round Ottoman – Lulu and Georgia
  • Samsung Frame TV – Samsung
  • 9 x 12 Loloi Rug in Rosemarie/Sage/Blush – Joss and Main
  • Tulca Mirror over mantel – Lulu and Georgia
  • Long Tulca Mirror – Lulu and Georgia
  • Antique Dresser/Console Table – Chairish
  • Antique Desk – Facebook Marketplace
  • Marble Coasters – Pottery Barn
  • Rachel Wood Table Lamp – Joss and Main
  • Toile Curtains – H&M
  • Christopher Knight Leather Ottoman – Amazon
  • Chrystie Elm Wood and Rattan Dining Chair – English Home
  • Vintage Lamp – Chairish
  • Vintage Art and Frames in Gallery Wall – Thrift Shops, Antique stores, etc.
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DINING ROOM

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KITCHEN

  • iio Retro Refrigerator – Home Depot
  • Mosaic Vintage Vinyl Mat – Rugs Direct
  • Tea Kettle – Smeg
  • Toaster – Smeg
  • Hand Mixer – Smeg
  • Knife Set – Smeg
  • Antique Sewing Machine Drawers – Etsy
  • Antique Hanging Lamp – Grand Bazaar Market
  • Theo Ladder Bookcase – Nathan James
  • Cafe Curtain – Amazon
  • Chandelier Light – Amazon
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PRIMARY BEDROOM

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NURSERY

BATHROOM

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