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Decorating as a Couple in NYC

by Amy Azzarito

Alex Yeske and her boyfriend Grant Lipschultz have been dating for nearly seven years since they met during college at Syracuse University. But since this East Village apartment was their first together, it was important to the couple that it felt like a blend of their individual styles – not too girly or too masculine. Alex is a graphic designer for Madewell, a blogger and she also freelances for clients like Sara Kate Studios and Linda and Harriett, and Grant works in television production so they both had some serious opinions when it came to making aesthetic decisions. But they wanted the decorating of the apartment to be a collaboration. Alex has always been drawn to more minimal, neutral spaces so they turned to grays, whites and natural materials when they were decorating, keeping that masculine/feminine balance in check. And when they make art decisions, they try to pick something that speaks to both of them, like the oversized print of surfers waiting in the Pacific Ocean that hangs across from their bed. Alex has always had a deep love of the ocean and Grant is from the West Coast, so just like the rest of their home, it’s a perfect reflection of the two of them.  –Amy

Photography by Jaymee Harney

Image above: “Our bedroom is my favorite place in our apartment,” Alex says. “I love the way the light comes through the window and fills the room each morning. Our street is surprisingly quiet and I love the feeling of calm our bedroom has.”

Image above: “The dining table is probably the most unique piece in the apartment. Our move was timed perfectly with Dwell Studio’s tag sale so we were able to score some amazing pieces at incredible prices. This table isn’t typically used as a dining table, but we added a glass top and it fits perfectly in our little dining nook. I love the mix of textures on it—the top is shagreen and the base has a beautiful gold finish. We also love having Abe looking over us—this piece of artwork gets the most comments from visitors. My dad and stepmom actually picked it out for me years ago when they were at an estate auction.”


See more of this NYC home after the jump!

Image above: “I love collecting paper ephemera from places we visit and displaying it on our refrigerator. We also love photobooths and try to pop in them whenever we see one. I’m always switching out what’s on display so it’s different every time people visit!”

Image above: “Our gallery wall took us forever to hang. The task seemed so daunting, but when we finally did, it really changed the feel of our place. It went from feeling like a temporary apartment to a more permanent home. It’s a mix of pieces we’ve had for awhile and some more recent finds. I love the mix of photography, illustration and graphic prints.”

Image above: “It took a long time to find the perfect piece for our entry because we wanted whatever we chose to serve multiple purposes. Eventually we decided on this beautiful bar cart from Crate and Barrel (which I found on super sale at their NJ outlet!). We’re not huge drinkers so we utilize it more for storing magazines and matchbooks from favorite restaurants and bars, but I couldn’t resist its simple lines and antique brass color.”

Image above: ” We have zero counter space in our kitchen, so a little island was beyond necessary for both storage and to serve as another prep area. We love cooking together and trying out new recipes—we wish we had the time to do it more often!”

Image above: “Our bed is definitely my top hangout spot in the apartment. We upgraded our bedding last year to Restoration Hardware’s linen duvet and it’s made our bed feel so luxurious! I actually won the set of Matouk sheets from a giveaway on Erin Gates’ blog last year and we’ve totally become spoiled by them!”

Image above: “The dresser in our bedroom always gets compliments when people come over, which makes me laugh because it’s a simple piece from IKEA and is from Grant’s previous apartment. It’s one of a few pieces in the apartment I didn’t personally choose, but I love the unique gray color of it. I am often rotating what lives on top of it, but you can always count on some form of greenery and my giraffe statue.”

Image above: “Since I blog and do freelance work, I needed to fit in a desk space somewhere in the apartment. I try to keep it pretty clean and minimal to keep me sane. Hanging on the wall are some of my Instax photos I took on our vacation to Hawaii last year and I love how they instantly transport me back there whenever I look at them. The framed photostrips are another favorite of mine—one is from the first year we started dating (7 years ago!) and the other is from a recent trip to the Ace Hotel in downtown LA.”

Image above: “Hanging opposite the bed is one of our favorite pieces: A print of surfers waiting in the ocean by Jaymee Harney.”


Image above: “I saw this print when it was first released on Pennyweight Goods, but it sold out before I had a chance to purchase. Luckily, Elise and Chelsea decided to re-issue it and I snatched it up immediately! The quote is beautiful and I love how they chose to make the background black. I enjoy looking at it every morning on my way out the door.”


Source List

Headboard / bed frame – Pottery Barn
Duvet + white shams – Restoration Hardware
Sheets – Matouk
Gray ikat pillows – High Street Market
Gold lumbar pillow – Dwell Studio (no longer available but you can buy similar fabric)
Parsons mini desk – West Elm
Desk Chair
Faux sheepskin rug – IKEA
Dresser – IKEA
Nightstand – IKEA
Campaign table (used as nightstand) – Pottery Barn (no longer available)
White bowl on desk – Canvas Home (large size)
“Work Hard and Be Nice To People” print by Anthony Burrill
frame with photobooth strips is vintage from the BK Flea
Wooden Lamp – vintage, was my grandmother’s from the ’70s
Wood/Silver radio – Restoration Hardware
Brass scissors – HAY

Bedroom – on dresser
Mirror – Target (from many years ago)
Turtle dish – vintage from High Street Market
black/gold box – Laduree
Wooden box – Nate Berkus for Target (no longer available)
Polka dot artwork – made by me, frame vintage from BK Flea
Giraffe – Kate Spade for Lenox Woodland Park series (seems to be unavailable)

Living Room:
Couch – Crate and Barrel Vaughn Apartment Sofa (no longer available)
Rug – West Elm
Media console – CB2
Bar cart – Crate and Barrel
Gold candleholders – Dwell Studio
Dining table – Dwell Studio (plus glass top from Pier 1)
Dining chairs – One Kings Lane (no longer available)
Coasters on bar cart – Canvas Home 
Glasses – West Elm
Sunglasses on bar cart – Warby Parker

Gallery Wall:
“In the depth of winter…” print – Chelsea Petaja x Pennyweight
Striped shirt – Mary Matson for Chance
G – hand painted by me for my boyfriend
B/W floral in center – Jennifer Ament
The Golden State print – These Are Things
Girl in leopard coat – Caitlin McGauley
Joshua Tree photo – print purchased at Hammer and Spear in LA
Abe Lincoln – vintage from auction

Island/Cart – IKEA
Floor lamp – IKEA
Chrysler Building print – A Vintage Poster
Weck jars – West Elm
Striped vase – Steven Alan x West Elm
Milk Jar

Hand towel – West Elm
Hand soap – Aesop

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  • A beautiful apartment.
    What style are the dinning chairs? I am currently looking for a couple to match some that I already own but don’t know what they are called.

  • Thank you for showing a scene that actually has a tv. We all have them but it is challenging to figure out what to do with the rest of the space on the walls they occupy.

  • All of these posts make me wish I could be a neutral girl… but I just can’t. There are too many bright fun colors that make me happy. But sometimes I think about a dreamy relaxing neutral house…. sometimes. ;)

  • A perfectly decorated apartment with classic and unique elements, mixing both affordable pieces and splurge finds. They have done an excellent job of maximizing the small space while maintaining an open, airy feel.

  • Such a lovely home–every decorative decision looks like it was made with an abundance of thought and care. If you follow Alex on Instagram, you can see that this space totally reflects her own personal style and design voice. And I appreciate that some of Grant’s touches are incorporated as well :) Well done, you two!

  • A telephone stand would be perfect in this space! Paint it black or even a bright bold color to pop up more. I just posted about my exciting find from the flea market.

  • Great apartment and pics! It is certainly reflective of both Alex and Grant’s personalities…and I have to say I enjoyed ‘hunting’ for some of the pieces with both of them. Nicely done :)

  • I love every single thing about this apartment, so much so I just pinned all the images! I love the way that the Ikea pieces blend so well and end up looking much more high end than they are and that everything is so well planned, right down to that tiny entryway that still manages to look so functional and stylish.

  • I want to redo my bedroom kind of like this! That desk is a bit too pricey for my budget though. If I may ask, do you know what paint color is on the wall for the bedroom? Thanks! :)

  • Anni – thank you so much! you are too sweet. it was important to us (and our budget) to mix in lower priced pieces and we’re so happy that they blend seamlessly with the higher priced pieces.

    Jaira – our walls were painted by our leasing company so unfortunately we don’t know the exact color!

  • Lovely apt.! I’ve come back to this post several times. Where did you get the frame for the print from Pennyweight Goods? Thanks!

  • I love what you did with the Ikea dresser. Any chance you have a step by step guide to how you achieved the finished product?

    • Andrea

      I’m afraid we don’t have a guide to share for that, but I’ll reach out to the family to see if they’d be open to sharing one.