A Noho Loft With Great Light and Perfect Plants
07.27.17

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.


Name: 

Chelsea Hansford-Gamba

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?

Plants!

Photos by Nicole Cohen. Follow her on Instagram @sketchfortytwo.

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  • Natty

    DROOLING OMG… this is my fave apartment tour yet

  • Sheila T.

    i want to invite my 8 closest friends over to roast a chicken and hang out under the plant curtain in the kitchen

  • Annie

    Best apartment you’ve posted so far!

  • Hil

    I rushed through the slides looking for the dog and am bummed he didn’t make an appearance 🙁

    • Katherine

      Where is Marcel?!

  • Amelia

    “Find meaningful art, plants that bring life and a statement item in your favorite color — ideally a chair or couch.” This is perfect perfect advice

  • Amelia Diamond

    i hate plants so much. indoor plants. they remind me of OFFICE FERNS. it’s not their fault and i know i’m weird. but! the cascading (what is that plant people?!?!?) green stuff in her kitchen is making me re-think everything.

    • Teresa

      I think it’s philodendron! Philodendron is so easy to take care of and almost impossible to kill.

      • Abby

        Its either Philo or pothos, which looks somewhat similar. Both are super easy to take care of and will trail like that. The best part is you can break off a vine and re-root it!

    • gracesface

      husband has 20+ plants in our apartment (450 sq feet). please never come over. unless you want some plant inspiration!! we have hanging plants.

    • belle

      looks like pothos – if you root them in water you can literally just never touch them again. super easy

  • I want pics of Marcel the dog!!

  • I need them to adopt me so I can live there forever.

  • Valerie Adrianne Barahona

    EHEMMMMM WHAT ABOUT MARCEL’S PICS?

  • Aydan

    this is so enviable! I absolutely love everything about it!

  • spicyearlgrey

    SO MUCH LUV FOR GREEN AND ELECTRIC SOFA

  • Millie Lammoreaux

    WHERE IS DOG

  • Mon Valdés

    I’m having anxiety at the “one bathroom” situation… I know it’s not uncommon to have one bathroom in a city appartment, but the picture (19) looks so… uncomfortable, an that piece of plywood looks like it’s just nailed in… I’m an architect so I’m suffering haha, but overall the decor and the feeling of the spaces is amazing, I understand how she feels inspired!

  • muriel

    Excuuuuse me, I need to know where those jeans and those shoes are from. MR come thruuuuuuu

  • Robin

    Thnx for your Real Cool People Real Cool Apartment series! I love these!!!!! They’re all very hygggge too, makes my brain relax.

  • Beautiful apartment – that couch is everything. I also love any look into people’s home offices.

  • Mun

    Those plants <3