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A Lesson in Design Compromise

by Amy Azzarito

For anyone who moves to New York City’s West Village, it’s location, location, location – after all, you’re just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best restaurants and shops. But that premium on location means you sometimes have to settle for a smaller space with a challenging layout. So two years ago when Alisa Richter, of Small Girls PR, and Barrett Sheridan found this apartment, they decided to address the difficult layout by keeping the apartment’s decor pared down. The result is a space that is a true style compromise. Alisa says that it if it were left completely up to her, the space might look like a professor’s library in rural Maine. She has a tendency to bring home things like vintage model ships and vintage flags – she once found a pristine 1950s Helene Curtis vanity on the sidewalk and carried it twenty blocks home. To keep her collecting in check, she and Barret have a running joke that if it looks like it belongs on the set of a Wes Anderson movie, it’s probably too “twee” for the apartment. Alisa likes to call it her “twee restriction.” Twee restrictions aside, it was important to the couple that their space be both dog friendly and great for entertaining groups. So they kept it clean and modern, which works for a small space like this one, and Alisa’s love for everything vintage is kept to little touches – like an elephant on a table or a vintage typewriter tucked in a corner – throughout the space. Quite the attractive compromise.  –Amy

Photography by Charles Aydlett

Image above: “The bedroom is probably my favorite room. It’s full of light and filled with mementos from our travels. We didn’t want it to feel overly girly, so we swapped out an ornate glass chandelier for this industrial light fixture with Edison bulbs,” says Alisa.


Image above: “The vintage table is from Pippin Home, I found it on a sourcing trip with my good friend, interior designer Danielle Arps. She has immaculate taste so I knew it was a good find. The little elephant figurine is from a trip Barrett and I took to Thailand.”


See more of this NYC apartment after the jump!

Image above: “The chandelier actually came with the apartment. It’s a pretty dramatic show-stopper, so we tried to balance out the rest of the room with more subdued, modern pieces so it didn’t feel too formal. We picked this Room & Board sectional specifically with Penny in mind. The fabric is called “Tatum Salt” (it looks a bit like charcoal tweed), it doesn’t show dog hair and it’s pretty stain-resistant. It’s like really fancy airport carpet.”

Image above: “I found this amazing 1940s vintage bar cart on 1stdibs.”

Image above: “Lounging on the couch with Barrett and Penny is probably my favorite thing to do at home. It’s the perfect spot to do the Sunday crossword puzzle or curl up with a good book.”

Image above: “These are a few of my favorite antiquarian books. My mom has been collecting antiquarian books for as long as I can remember, so I spent a lot of time hanging out in used bookstores as a kid. Her love of history has definitely rubbed off on me. She’s an Egyptologist at UC Berkeley.”

Image above: “The diptyque paintings are by Brooklyn artist Erin Lynn Welsh  from Uprise Art.”

Image above: “The pink typewriter was a gift from my sister, Keren Richter, who shares my loves of all things twee.”

Image above: “If you can’t live in the Catskills, I feel like this wallpaper is the next best thing. It’s Cole & Sons’ popular ‘Woods’ wallpaper.”

Image above: “As you can probably tell, Penny rules the house. Clearly, she’s the alpha in this relationship.”

Image above: “When we first moved in, we inherited a few items from the previous owner, including some elaborate glass chandeliers in the closet, bedroom and living room, along with a dramatic, antique-mirrored headboard in the bedroom. It sort of resembled a French chateau (never a bad thing), but it was too feminine for our taste, so we swapped it out for this simple linen headboard from Crate & Barrel. We also added the dark indigo nightstands to the bedroom to make the whites in the room really pop.”

Image above: “Barrett grew up in Southern California, so he loves to be by the ocean. I knew he liked photographers like Slim Aarons so I had a feeling he would appreciate this print by Max Wanger. It reminds me of some of Slim Aaron’s work without being too ‘Palm Beach-y.’ Even though we live in NYC, its nice to wake up to beach views.”

Image above: “Seriously, it’s hard to say no to this face.”

Source List

Headboard – Crate & Barrel
Bedding – Coyuchi
Paintings above dresser – Erin Lynn Welsh via Uprise Art
Accent pillow – Coyuchi
Goldfinch print above bed – eBay
Ocean print above mantle – Max Wanger
Yellow striped vase on mantle – GretelHome.com
Horse bookend – vintage flea in Lake Como, Italy
Dresser – West Elm
Nightstands – Anthropologie
Lamps – LampsPlus
Rug – Schoolhouse Electric
Chandelier – Circa Lighting

Living Room
Lamp – Robert Ogden
Rug – Madeline Weinrib
Coffee table – Cafiero Select
Bird tray – John Derian
Couch – Room & Board sectional in Tatum Salt
Leather chair – DwellStudio Hans chair
Credenza – DwellStudio Claude Sideboard
Framed portrait – DwellStudio
Bentwood Side Table – West Elm
Pillows – Urban Outfitters
Bar cart – 1stdibs
Neon sign – Let There Be Neon
Vintage pink typewriter – gift from sister
Living room chandelier – came with apartment
Antiquarian books – Powell’s Books, Freebird Books, & Argosy Books

Paint – Gray Cloud, Benjamin Moore
White lacquer box – West Elm
Rope mirror – vintage
Elephant – purchased on a trip to Thailand
Carved wood table – Pippin Home

Woods wallpaper – Cole & Son
Bear print – Sharon Montrose

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