As with clothes, the way you decorate a room expresses your personality. In its most ideal form, it signals to guests how you interpret yourself. In this round of Real Cool People, Real Cool Apartments, we check out the one-bedroom NoHo home of Chelsea Hansford, co-creative director of Simon Miller. Our intentions behind the creeping: to — what else? — learn what she’s all about.
Neighborhood, # of rooms:
NoHo, open loft, 1 bedroom.
What do you do?
Co-Creative Director and Co-Owner of SIMON MILLER.
How long have you lived here?
Almost 4 years.
Who do you live with, animals included:
My husband Gregoire, who designs SIMON MILLER’s bags, and my not-so-small dog Marcel (he’s 100 lbs).
What do you like about your hood?
It has amazing restaurants, bars, spas, coffee shops and stores but still feels like a real neighborhood. I also actually know my neighbors — like the local shop owners and my UPS and DHL guys, although most of the credit for that goes to Marcel. He is quite a celeb in the area.
What about this apartment?
Our loft has really unique, barrel-vaulted ceilings, massive windows wrapping around the whole apartment and the brick walls that lend it so much overall character. I love how the Mexican tile and teak wood channel a cool, old-Caribbean vibe. The open kitchen is also great for entertaining.
What’s the worst thing about the apartment?
One bathroom with a tiny sink.
What’s the best?
The large open bedroom with windows on two sides. And the authentic mid-century modern doors throughout the loft.
Do you ever work from home and if so, what’s that like?
I cherish my home office and work there as often as I can because the space itself inspires me. My husband has his workshop in our loft; I like that we can work “together” but still have our own space. That being said, the days of working at home are fewer and farther between, so I definitely try to take advantage.
What was the process like when you began decorating?
I would say we have an “add as we go” approach. My husband has a fantastic, clean, modern aesthetic and an eye for shape and detail. I am a bit more eclectic and love color and nature, so the combination is nice.
Did you have an overall vision in mind when you started decorating?
We just buy what we like and bring it to life. We knew we wanted an open space because New York City is generally so crammed.
What are your favorite apartment “scores” and where are they from?
I love our couch, which is upholstered in a pop of blue Kvadrat fabric, and our hammered bronze coffee table. Both items are from Future Perfect.
Tell a story about one thing in your apartment.
Well, we had to commission an actual construction crane to deliver a Fortuna leather splitting machine (through a window!) for my husband’s workshop. It weighs a literal ton, and it was shipped in from Germany when our freight elevator was broken. We closed off all of Great Jones Street. It was absolute chaos.
For someone young and broke and trying to nest, what are your top three tips?
Find meaningful art, plants that bring life and a statement item in your favorite color — ideally a chair or couch.
What’s the one thing every apartment should have?
Photos by Nicole Cohen. Follow her on Instagram @sketchfortytwo.