Go Inside Alexis Stewart's Family-Friendly Apartment
Alexis Stewart's apartment is minimalist yet soft, thanks to the feminine color palette, curved furniture silhouettes, and simple but impactful sheer curtains that allow the light to flood in. "Finding the right window treatments was a big priority for me," says Alexis. In the living room, seen here, she decorated with midcentury-modern finds, such as the coffee table, console, and benches designed by Paul McCobb and the long kidney-shaped sofa that she bought at an auction.
Her triplex apartment features six bedrooms, a working kitchen stocked with sleek, high-end appliances, a kid- and adult-friendly playroom, and a master suite complete with an elevated walk-in closet. As for the details, Alexis didn't miss a beat. From the terrazzo tile in the kids' bathroom and the built-in cabinets with corkboard backing (perfect for hanging a little one's latest art project) in the playroom to a kitchen designed to be both beautiful and easy to clean, everything was chosen to be both aesthetically pleasing but also functional for a family with small children.
She didn't forget about her own needs, though. Alexis also organized the ultimate home office—organized being the key word. Her best tip for keeping your at-home work space clutter-free? Keep your storage space minimal. As she explains, the more places you have to put things, the more stuff you'll hold on to that you don't really need.
Paint, by Martha Stewart Living Paint, in Talc, homedepot.com. Curtains and upholstery, lqupholstery.com. Zenith curtain fabric, in Ivorie, from Creations Metaphores, 212-921-0200. Silk taffeta (on pillows), wolfhome-ny.com. 1950s sofa, wright20.com. Silk rug, in White, abchome.com. Console, by Paul McCobb, antiquesdumonde.1stdibs.com. Benches, by Paul McCobb, gooddesignshop.com. Coffee table, by Paul McCobb, wyethome.com.
And Baby Makes Three
Jude peeks into her brother's bassinet in the nursery, which Alexis decorated in soft blue and white. The first floor of the apartment is devoted to the kids' spaces, which means, says Alexis, "I do a lot of stairs."Nest bassinet, offi.com.
Working from Home
The home office was designed around the midcentury desk, one of Alexis's favorite pieces. She combined various textures in this room, playing with lacquer, plywood, and heavy cotton upholstery. And she deliberately limited storage to one cabinet. "The more storage you have, the more stuff you accumulate," she says.Desk, by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, wyethome.com. Tonneau chairs (at desk), by Pierre Guariche for Steiner, hedgegallery.com. Side table, by Gio Ponti, bgoecklerantiques.com. Roadster Saab activity toy, shop.playsam.com. Terrazzo floors, by D. Magnan & Co., email@example.com.
A Family Kitchen
An avid cook, Alexis knew what she wanted in a kitchen. "Everything needed to be easy to clean but elegant at the same time," she says.
A Family Kitchen
Cookbooks and pots and pans are within quick reach on open shelves, and the marble-topped kitchen island is designed to be a gathering place for friends and family. Martha and I often perch there while Alexis tries out new recipes for her blog.Classic stoneware tiles, in Beige White, mcintyretile.com. Steel stools, lyonworkspace.com. Oven, vikingrange.com.
A Family Kitchen
Stainless steel pitchers, alessi-shop.com.
The Arctic-themed mural in the nursery was a gift from Martha, who created it with the help of crafts editor Hosanna Houser and her team. Made from caribou hides (which Martha brought back from our trip to Arctic Canada) and felt, the mural was designed with the room's ice-blue color palette in mind.Caribou-hide cutouts (in mural), arctictradingco.com. Framing, skyframeinc.com. Custom-made beds, by Bjork Carle Woodworking. Celeste standard shams, in Blue; and St. Moritz twin blankets; sferra.com.
In the playroom, bright wooden toys showcased on open shelving serve as a focal point. The corkboard backing and the cabinets were designed to be useful not just during the baby years but also as the children grow.Name puzzles (for Jude and Truman), in Primary, fatbraintoys.com.
"I wanted the room to be colorful but not plasticky," says Alexis. The family gathers there most often, so "I like that it's both great for kids and pleasing to adults," she says.
Bathroom to Grow
In the kids' bathroom, Alexis continued the use of terrazzo for the tub and chose cornflower-blue tile for the walls with longevity in mind. "It's a cute color for kids, but they can grow up with it," she says. "You don't want to have to retile later because your kids' bathroom is bubblegum pink with little flowers all over." Manhattan tiles, by Vermeere Ceramic Tile, in Sweet Bluette-Crackle, completetile.com. Saxo bath-and-shower mixer with diverter, thgusa.com.
A Bedroom Oasis
Alexis's bedroom is calm and minimal -- the kind of place that makes you want to take a nap. The vintage bed, with its cantilevered nightstands, almost seems as though it's floating. The globe light has a nice glow even when it's off. "I saw a light like this in a hotel room and liked the idea of something that wasn't too utilitarian looking," she says. Bed with floating nightstands, by Silvio Cavatorta, orangefurniture.com. Vintage opalescent globe ceiling light, wyethome.com. Signoria bedding, in Thistle, abchome.com.
A Great Vintage
The closets were carefully designed: The wood was chosen to match the furniture, and the doors were made with screens (a suggestion from Martha) for ventilation. Custom-made glass-globe light fixture, mongrainglass.com. Bench, by Dunbar, sputnikmodern.com. Vintage vanity mirror, by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, modestdesigns.net.