I want Alexis Stewart's apartment. It's really that simple. Equally as simple is Alexis's imagined reply: "Eff off!" For all her prickles and stings, though, I've always had a soft spot for Alexis Stewart, Martha's formidable daughter: former co-host of the wildly popular Whatever! radio show. I met her very briefly when we were both guests on The Martha Stewart Show in 2010 but I never had the courage to tell her that she has actually influenced my life: superficially but significantly. Basically, Alexis has informed my sense of interior design and for that I am actually very thankful. I do not live in a sleek apartment with wall-to-wall terazzo and floor-to-ceiling windows, but because of Alexis I know how to edit; I am unaffraid to purge ''stuff'' that I no longer use or need; I crave light and spaces that are restful to the eye and I keep things organized and tidy, which has resulted in a happier me. So, thank you, Alexis!
I wanted to reflect on Alexis's apartment because I think it demonstrates that an elegant interior space does not require ornament and filagree to achieve drama. To me, her apartment is the perfect blend of formality and informality, comfort and practicality, simplicity and grandeur.
Several years ago, Alexis purchased three units in the Richard Meier building on Perry Street in Manhattan. Encompassing three floors and more than 6,000 square feet of living space, the apartment is a marvel of light and minimalism with sweeping views of the Hudson. Merging the three units into one living space was reportedly achieved with the help of architect Annabelle Selldorf who modified the floor plans to include a staircase to connect the apartments. The first floor is devoted primarily to Alexis's children, Jude and Truman, and their living spaces, including a large playroom. The apartment has a beautifully streamlined kitchen, terazzo floors throughout and windows, windows everywhere!
Unlike her former apartment in Tribeca, which was devoid of colour, Alexis allowed herself to embrace the odd pastel hue this time around. Quiet shades of coral and blue can be found mostly on the upholstery of the mid-century modern furniture she acquired for her new living space but also in some of the tile, fixtures and textiles. The addition of warm wood tones and a few hits of whimsy keep the place vital. The result is a soft, pretty home that is serenely minimalist without being cold. These photographs of Alexis's apartment were originally published in the September, 2012, issue of Martha Stewart Living. The last photograph is of Alexis's former apartment in Tribeca.