This Travel-Inspired NYC Apartment Is A Must-See

It only took one (sneak) peek at Leandra Medine's new office space for us to see that the folks at Homepolish — the interior geniuses responsible for the streamlined makeover — know what they're doing. Whether it's a total renovation or culling the perfect finishing touches, designers work by the hour to create a balanced space that just works. Oh, and they just launched in San Francisco & Chicago, too.
When Deby Pan, a Senior Account Exec for Coach, and her husband set out to redesign their East Village apartment, they wanted to make sure it felt warm and inviting, and reflected their shared sense of wanderlust. “We love to travel, and we’re both the product of immigrant parents. His parents came to the U.S. from India, and mine came over from Taiwan.” Deby said.
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When they moved in, the apartment immediately reminded Deby of her office: “a white, sterile environment” dominated by white and silver. “When I came home, I wanted it to be a 180-degree change. We’re both drawn to items with a bit of an Asian flavor, like buddhas, warm colors, and darker woods, but with a more modern sensibility," Deby said.
She told designer Amanda Gorski that she dreamed of incorporating splashes of bright color, warm materials, and fun patterns. So, Gorski also installed a built-in bookcase in the living room, complete with a rolling library ladder for an extra dose of old-world charm. “It's like an amusement park ride for people with space constraints.”
Mission accomplished.
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First up? Designer Amanda Gorski replaced the all-white floors with new oak flooring from LV Wood and installed a larger baseboard. “I wanted something elegant with a slight touch of rustic, but not too dark,” she said. “This has a warm, grayish-brown, almost mushroom color to it, that accomplishes the job perfectly.”
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“Not surprisingly, my husband is much more conservative with his tastes," Deby said. "So, we were able to compromise with the 'fun patterns' aspect by limiting the amazing Eskayel wallpaper to the entryway.”

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We repurposed a map Deby and her husband already owned. To complement the rest of the room, we had the colors adjusted to give it blues, greens, and oranges and then printed it in pieces so that when hung it is one large map. “I changed the paint color from gray to a more subdued greenish-gray hue, which helped give some character,” said Gorski.
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A wine cart on wheels for easy entertaining.
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“When we started, one of Deby's biggest concerns were the floors," Gorski said. "They were plain white wood and she felt they made the house feel very cold. I suggested we warm it up with a new hardwood floor and larger baseboard. I wanted to be sure to select something that was elegant with a slight touch of rustic, but not too dark."
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The chandelier is one of Deby’s favorite aspects of the new apartment. “It takes advantage of the 11-foot ceilings and it’s a whimsical focal point.”
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“The vintage TWA posters have a two-fold purpose: They are meant to reflect our love of travel, but they also represent the two cities that mean the most to us," Deby said. "We grew up together in the suburbs of Chicago, and both ended up moving to New York after college to pursue our careers where we re-connected and ended up getting married. Our families are still in Chicago and we spend a lot of time going back and forth.”
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“The wedding figurines — I love these! They were actually our wedding cake topper. I found this vendor on Etsy where you could customize the skin tone and your attire. I sent in a picture of my wedding dress and the color of my husband's suit and tie, and she did her best to recreate it. We had a destination wedding in St. John, USVI and one of my bridesmaid's sole responsibility was to make sure that wedding topper made it back to NYC in one piece!”
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“The wood horse and buddha sculptures are definitely nods to our Asian heritage. Both are very common in Chinese and Indian art,” Deby said.
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“There were a few things on my 'home bucket list' I've always dreamed about," Deby said. "Like a chandelier and a built-in bookshelf with a library ladder, which I can now check off!”

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