When you live in a city like New York, one that teems with people and towers ready to smother you at a moment’s notice, it’s important to have a home that soothes you as soon as you walk in the door. Of course, many New Yorkers prefer their design to be just as layered and busy as their lives, but for many, a sense of serenity in their apartment is an absolute must. That’s certainly the case for me; my apartment is done in shades of white and gray with pops of color here and there. It ensures that when I walk through the door, I can take a deep breath, and leave the crazy concrete jungle where it belongs: outside my door.
It appears Hollywood royalty Sofia Coppola and her rocker husband Thomas Mars (of the French electropop band Phoenix) agree – their old Nolita apartment is a study in serenity, a light-filled loft that’s all bright whites with pops of color. Indeed, said Coppola of the space (the couple has since moved to the West Village): “My apartment is pretty calm and restrained. I like a clean white backdrop set off by masses and masses of pink peonies.”
White with masses and masses of pink peonies. Sofia, I do believe we’d get along. The couple’s sun-drenched corner unit benefits from huge windows and beamed ceilings, but the goodness doesn’t stop there. The color palette is a muted one, with neutrals, white and pops of blue here and there. All together, it’s a calming, serene space, that, while expertly decorated with incredible pieces of art here and there, feels like home.