Stephanie's Village Gem

Stephanie's Village Gem

Liezel Strauss
Sep 21, 2009

Name: Stephanie Julia
Location: Greenwich Village, NYC
Type: Apartment
Size: 900 Square feet
Years lived in: 14

Visiting Stephanie's Greenwich gem was a peep into her passionate soul. Through the years she carefully collected items that reflect her deep love for travel, family and animals. Steph has lived in this apartment for more than a decade and her home has evolved with her changing needs, you instantly sense this is her resting place and haven.

The eclectic art collection were gifts and creations from friends and family and her sentiment is clear as she reminisce a tale of every item. Her love for animals are revealed with pictures of horses in every room, a fantastic example of a personalized design theme. For Steph nesting is an ongoing process and she is always on the lookout for a new treasure, most recently she found a new pet on the window sill!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/Our style: Vintage, International, Modern and Traditional Indigenous.

Inspiration:Every element that surrounds me has a story, every blanket, bowl, dish, picture, painting. That my home reminds me of travels I have made and relationships I have kept.

What are your hopes and dreams?: That someday with my help even, that cruelty towards animals will diminish greatly. To inspire people to eat less meat or no meat at all. For the world to be aware of their impact and that individuals alone can make a difference. I hope that I can make a film to envelope these ideals and that people watch it and learn from it and feel inspired by it. I try to do this every day though, why wait to make the film, when I try to live it.

Biggest Challenge: Clutter, I love to showcase, I find myself moving things around constantly

What Friends Say: It feels like a home

Biggest Embarrassment: I had a date over one day and I thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye flapping. A pigeon flew in to my apartment — pooped everywhere. I have a family of pigeons that sit on my bedroom window sill. They coo every morning. I know they are rats with wings but I love them! The sound they make I am glad we don't have those anti pigeon razors on the sills of our building. We need the pigeons, they clean up the streets!

Proudest DIY: Rewiring the chandelier in my entry hall that I purchased for $100. They have the same ones at ABC carpet for like $1,500 dollars!

Biggest Indulgence: New double pained sound proof windows and my new kitchen (still under a little bit of construction. Almost done!

Best advice: There is a place for everything and everything for its place. I try to buy real things, nothing made in china or found in home goods. I prefer things with a history. I get why IKEA does so well, but I find you can do so much better at antique shops or flea markets. To have one of a kind pieces is really important and to give old furniture a home, is really special, try to buy things that support local industry. I love estate sales. I also do most of my shopping on vacation, bringing back pottery and fabrics that I rotate depending on the seasons. I love things made by hand. I never bargain, I always pay full price, especially in Latin America. What is the difference of a couple dollars?


Kitchen Furniture: Crate and Barrel

Accessories: Villeroy and Boch, Williams Somona- Copper pots, Trevi espresso machine, Sub Zero

Lighting: Simon Pearce and antique chandelier from flea market

Rugs & carpets: One was given, the other from Greece and 1 Siesel.

Paint: Eco paints in Country stove white and linen whites.

Tiles and Stone: Terra Cotta Kitchen, tumbled marble bathroom, subway tile, and counter top is reclaimed Israeli quartz. Leftover from some huge kitchen someone build. I took the spare pieces.

Art: Photographs from my friends that are photographers. Paintings from my mother and prints from antique shops. Also I consider the vintage saris made out of pillows and blankets art work as well.

Window Treatments: Wooden shades

Bedroom furniture: All eBay antiques

Dining Room: Antique dining room set that I found at an antique shop for 700 dollars. Chairs were given to me by an old neighbor and others found in antique shops. Tiffany china in autobahn pattern.

Desk: Ebayed Danish modern, The Secretary Desk is an antique that my mom gave me for highschool graduation.

Other: Living on the second floor I have felt like I have really lived with the people in the village, I hear them outside my window at night and I love it! Sometimes friends yell up if they see my lights on! I love that!
I love the trees outside my windows and the birds that chirp in the morning in addition to my pigeons. Also on Sept 11 and the black out, friends came to my place, since I am only on the second floor, they figured it was easy to get to, and that they knew I had food. Both times I made pasta on my gas stove. People know they are always welcome and that there is always time for a good bottle of wine, friends conversation and delicious vegetarian food from Union Square market home made.

Thanks Stephanie!


(Images: Liezel Strauss)

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