1930s West Village Apartment gets a stylish update

We were proud to be featured in the June ’21 issue of Homes & Gardens.

This homage to mid-century design keeps a keen eye on the contemporary – and is home to a striking statement wallpaper.

BY AILIS BRENNAN PUBLISHED JUNE 02, 2021

Our goal was to create a warm and inviting space where every room could be used,’ said Christine Retlev. ‘We also wanted to design a space that was truly unique, but represented what you would expect to find in the West Village, a bohemian neighborhood of New York.Retlev – a furniture dealer specializing in antiques and contemporary handcrafted pieces – spent two-and-a-half years transforming a pair of adjacent 1930s apartments in the city into a three-bedroom home for her and her young family. 

‘I have found it helpful to begin projects without any preconceived ideas,’ said Retlev. ‘Every space is unique and has its own feeling, so when I walk into a space for the first time I try to listen to what my first feelings and impressions are of the space and then begin to weave a story.’

Retlev – a furniture dealer specializing in antiques and contemporary handcrafted pieces – spent two-and-a-half years transforming a pair of adjacent 1930s apartments in the city into a three-bedroom home for her and her young family. 

The result is a design that pays careful attention to the apartment’s Modernist origins and Art Deco inclinations, but incorporates contemporary finishes and oodles of personal touches ranging from fittings designed by Retlev herself, to a statement wallpaper that takes your breath away.

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