Stacie Brockman, co-founder of advertising and branding agency Métier Creative (which works with brands like Moda Operandi and Estee Lauder) knows a thing or two about good apartments with great closets.
Last year, she moved into a super modern and luxurious Tribeca building—which was a far cry from her fourth-floor walk-up in the same neighborhood. “The apartment, which had a functional layout, was a clean slate with the potential to be totally transformed,” says Brockman. “It needed some character in order to transform it from a simple studio to a space that truly felt like my little oasis.”
Since she needed some exceptional home design elements, Brockman called in her “design soul sister”—Homepolish designer Michelle Zacks—to add some accents to the whitewashed space. “She knew exactly the vibe I wanted, and just how to pinpoint pieces worth investing in, versus saving on,” says Brockman, who cites midcentury modern influences, plants, rattan furniture, and vintage carpets as inspirations. “I wanted my apartment to feel like Laurel Canyon-meets-Tribeca, but not too bohemian,” the entrepreneur explains. “Rustic, cozy, and modern.”
Zacks added whimsical wallpaper, a plant shelf, and a gallery wall incorporating some of Brockman’s clients’ work, in order to enhance the white box. “I needed to find savvy solutions to make the space feel more stylized, with furniture, wallpaper, and wall decor,” says Zacks. “The goal was to bring a sense of warmth and personality, while still pairing everything against an airy, white background.”
The bedroom features a glamorous West Elm velvet bed next to a rustic World Market shelving unit stacked with tons of succulents. The wall behind the bed is covered with The Palms print wallpaper from Walls Need Love, and an Anthropologie rattan chair sits next to the entertainment console. “A combination of textures keeps the space feeling layered and interesting,” says Zacks. “This project is a true testament to the idea that a high level of design doesn’t need to break the bank.”