I met my friend Ginger at one of those New York baby classes back when our children were infants. As newly minted moms who both worked in baby style, we instantly bonded over diapers and pint-sized design. (Ginger represents many gorgeous clothing lines through her company, Tiny Ginger. Parents, do take a moment to dine on the eye-candy at her site.)
I used to love to go to Ginger’s for play dates because she had a rarity in New York: room for tots to roam. Another unusual thing about her place back then: there was nothing on any surface. I mean, nothing. The shelves over the sink and stove: nothing. Kitchen island: nothing. You get the idea. To be fair to Ginger, this was her husband Andrew’s aesthetic, one which the couple achieved with the help of gifted architect David Howell. It really was cool, but us ladies used to wonder if it was sustainable, especially once Kira got older. So I was interested to revisit Ginger’s apartment during my last New York trip to see how it had fared now that Kira had reached the age of, well, my son. (See picture below.)
Surprisingly well, I think! I noticed that there were a few more storage units, and the kids’ play area (discretely tucked around the edge of the living room) was a tad more cramped, but overall it still looks great.
What I like about Ginger’s place – besides the awesome view of classic NY building facades – is how well the sleek space has embraced growing children. The first really smart thing Ginger and Andrew did was to choose furniture that was large and understated. These few copious pieces eliminate the need for having lots of stuff in the room, and they provide a neutral palette on which to build. In addition, all the lighting is recessed except for the two focal lamps hanging over the dining table and kitchen island. So where most houses quickly become overwhelmed by “all that kid stuff,” Ginger’s minimalist approach leaves the space uncluttered, even if kids do leave a few things around. And another thing, it’s all quite rugged, enduring whatever little ones throw at it.
The other well-chosen aspect of Ginger’s home is the color. I love the sunny yellow kitchen wall and red cabinets across from the sectional with its jewel bright pillows strewn about. Previously these bursts of color were the only accents (beside the stunning architecture). Now these primary tones serve to complement Kira’s colorful detritus, so any toys that spill into the main space, actually play, rather than compete, with the adult palette. My personal favorite is the way the vibrant “professional” paintings echo Kira’s own art.
So congratulations, Ginger, play dates at your house are still really fun and your decor remains fabulous. All in all, I’d say you’ve grown into your family home quite nicely.