The Inside Of This NYC Supermodel's Apartment Is Kind Of Surprising

Photo: Courtesy of Claire Esparros/Homepolish.
Supermodels: They’re just like us! They need more storage, a functional layout, and a way to incorporate (and display) their well-traveled, glamorous lives through beautiful design. You'll recognize brunette beauty Candice Huffine from just about every major publication (multiple international Vogue editions, V Magazine, W Magazine, CR Fashion Book, to name a few...) but have you seen her apartment?

Actually, it was featured on Harper’s Bazaar, so you may have gotten a little peek, but Homepolish has the inside scoop from her designer and best friend — and Homepolish's head of commercial design — Shelly Lynch-Sparks. Having lived in this riverside NYC apartment for five years, Candice and her filmmaker husband, Matt Powers, finally have the storage they need for his equipment and her shoes, and the space they wanted to host dinners for friends.

Click through the slideshow to see and read the design details of Candice and her husband Matt’s cute Kips Bay, Manhattan, one-bedroom.

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The bedroom is the couple's retreat — a place to escape from their busy jobs and the busy city. The light and views from the apartment, situated on a high floor, are tranquil and transportive.


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Lyrics from the song Candice and Matt first kissed to are forever commemorated in light, thanks to Manhattan Neon.
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"This project was super-collaborative," says Shelly about the redesign. "We had so much fun. I would send Candice a few options, she would send me three more, and then we'd decide together. She has great taste and brought so much to the table on her own that the design came together effortlessly."
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"The living room went under a complete transformation," says Shelly. "We added a built-in banquet; changed the wall color; brought in new, cohesive furniture; and hung that amazing gallery wall."
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The gallery wall consists entirely of art made by either friends, Matt, or Candice (except that red painting that the couple fell in love with while traveling). The wall is a visual representation of their lives together.
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Comfortable and inviting, the sofa is the perfect place to lounge and watch movies. The light color balances the dark blue walls, and the relaxed shape keeps it from feeling too feminine.

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"What I loved most about working on this project (besides the chance to work with my friend) was that Candice was totally open to change and any idea I threw on the table," says Shelly. "She'd take my thought, add to it, and we'd execute together."
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And as Candice herself says, "Shelly and I are a great team. She encouraged every idea I had and built on it herself. I started to think I might have a knack for interior design myself. Interior design or renovation doesn't need to be all overdue deadlines and stress. I feel lucky to have finalized my dream apartment with a super-positive experience."
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Cute vintage suitcases perform double duty as storage and decor.
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Matt and Candice (and your amazing apartment design) always!
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Floating shelves make a room feel airier than a typical standing bookcase. Create visual cohesion with sporadically placed like-colored items.
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A nod to Matt's desire for masculine design, the "Go Rodeo!" poster in their dining area brings the whole space together.

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Matt, Candice, and Shelly chat over some coffee on their new sofa.
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A lovely little area on the couple's windowsill. The faux-marble frame is from H&M.
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All you can do is do your best!
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Though Candice and Matt renovated the kitchen almost as soon as they moved in, the bathroom has always been an awkward zone they didn't want to spend tons of money on. But because they really wanted to change its appearance, Shelly suggested removable wallpaper — and voilà, an immense improvement that didn't cost the couple a fortune was born.
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Details like the chalkboard paint on the door and the dartboard showcase the couple's personalities and let their friends participate in the home's character too.
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Love exalted on the dining-room table!

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