Home Tour: This Stylist's Upper West Side Apartment is Full of Vintage Charm
When prop stylist, Courtney de Wet and her husband moved into their Upper West Side apartment, she brought her Southern California laissez-faire attitude and love of vintage finds into their classic pre-war space. The result? A home that is fresh, modern and full of meaningful pieces to the couple.
De Wet, who found this pair of orange swivel chairs at the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, had them steam cleaned into a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for their living room. A salon-style wall includes different photographs and illustrations, including a papier mâché giraffe. Using her crafty ways, she spray painted the Home Goods lamp into something that is no longer run-of-the-mill.
Set against Benjamin Moore's Barren Plain paint, a found antique Chinese apothecary chest (love this piece!) and layered frames create an eye-pleasing centerpiece on a wall. de Wet's favorite accent? The piece of coral they found while vacationing in Tulum that looks like the African continent (he is from South Africa).
Tiny white vases make a statement atop a bookshelf that holds different knick-knacks, including a paper mask found in Chinatown.
Stacked books and vintage vases with simple branch arrangements add a personal touch to the vintage credenza that anchors the dining area.
Showing her fabulous sense of humor, vegetable-head portraits and slightly macabre accessories (read: the gold skull, black apple and tiny talon) hang out in the kitchen atop a credenza with country charm from HD Buttercup.
Small kitchen? No problem! Use a simple painted peg board to hang pots and pans. It'll free up shelf space and leave you with an excellent installation.
It's all in the details for the couple.
Since the stylist has gone freelance and works from home, she's created an office nook from a CB2 stairway desk and bookshelves, which allow her to keep her inspiration close. Another vintage find--the chair is perfectly mid-century while a sheepskin rug adds a touch of coziness.
Using her grandmother's side tables, which have been painted, the bedroom has a homey (almost) farmhouse feel to it thanks to the accent pillow and layers of fabric.
Taking a found dresser, de Wet replaced the the hardware for a more personal touch while arranging her favorite photos on top. A floral painting, done by his grandmother, an artist from South Africa, adds a bright spot to the neutral wall.
The stylist at her dining room table arranging flowers.
Photography by Michael Marquand