The marriage of UN program coordinator and international human rights expert Siri May and artist Casey Legler is truly a match made in cool-girl heaven. After all, it’s not every day that two badass boss ladies—each equally talented and inspiring—live under one roof as each other’s better half. But these women are far more extraordinary than they are ordinary, and their eclectic New York home reflects precisely that.
Between May’s fierce activism and Legler’s groundbreaking modeling career (she was the first woman with a contract as a male Ford model), the pair is a force to be reckoned with. After meeting while Legler was waitressing years ago, the two were friends before falling in love and choosing to elope, as all cool girls do, at City Hall. Legler wore a Balenciaga suit borrowed from photographer Ryan McGinley. Ahead, the couple invite us into their homes and tell us about their relationship in their own words.
Before we got married, Casey’s apartment was kind of a mix between an art studio and a bedroom, while Siri’s featured contemporary Scandinavian and Art Deco interior decor. Casey lived alone and spent most of her time at home reading and writing, but Siri lived with two housemates and three dogs.
Boy, was it a journey when we moved in together. When it comes to art, we’re both all about abstraction. The most beloved pieces of art we own are traditional handwoven baskets by the Australian indigenous women Siri’s mother works with, several Art Deco statues, Casey’s large photographic works, and several original pieces from the King Pins collective in Australia.
On a typical Monday evening, we can be found cooking and reading. Saturdays are for staying in bed, the farmers market, and the gym and on Sundays we always also stay in bed and then cook.
Casey’s design aesthetic in three words is abstract, monastic, and sparse, while Siri’s is abstract, elegant, and eclectic.
Our family heirlooms include so many! We’re European and literally came with dowry chests. Favorites include George Jensen silverware, multiple cameo brooches, a 19th-century antique writing desk, and multiple Art Deco lamps.
The thing Casey is most attached to from her single life is leaving her toothbrush by the kitchen sink because it feels taboo and her inner 7-year-old relishes in it. For Siri, it’s watching rom coms in bed; it’s the antithesis of her working life and allows her to indulge in sentimentality and nostalgia in private.
The five items you will always find in our refrigerator are cheeses from Bedford Cheese Shop, organic berries (usually blueberries and raspberries), mixed greens of all sorts, almond milk, good French butter, and yogurt.
When it comes to money, our biggest challenge is how to appreciate what we have. We like to spend on education, books, food, and travel.
Our favorite room in the house is the bedroom because it’s perfect.
The most important piece of advice we would give to newlyweds is to enjoy it—it’s the best!
Never, ever compromise when it comes to honesty and openness.
In ten years, we hope for our home to continue to be a warm and inviting space filled with tons of love.
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This story was originally published on February 2018, and has since been updated.