COZY ELEGANCE Marisa Tomei’s NYC Apt.

Marisa Tomei NYC apt photo by Douglas Friedman living room 70s style lucite table Milo Baughman chair marble fireplace

Actress Marisa Tomei is “just like us!” She scours Etsy, eBay, flea markets and thrift stores for vintage treasures, too.

And she’s brought them together in a dream-inducing double-size apartment in Manhattan where a Milo Baughman chair, a Lindsey Adelman chandelier, a Saarinen table,  marble fireplaces, 1940’s vintage French garden chairs and Moroccan rugs live in perfect harmony.

At first glance, I admit I thought this was in L.A. — sunny, bright, warm with a casual mid-century feel. I love how Ms. Tomei has brought a California vibe to her home in New York, with the help of designer Alexandra Hayden. I think the secret is texture: Hayden says, “Everything had to be elegant or tactile, because those are her two realities. She is either gussied up and going out, or in sweats recovering from a day on Broadway. She loves to feel grounded and cozy.”

Marisa Tomei NYC apt photo by Douglas Friedman living room South African wall hangings Moroccan rug vintage stools rosewood chairs concrete table

Marisa Tomei NYC apt photo by Douglas Friedman dining nook vintage marble table Lindsey Adelman chandelier

Marisa Tomei NYC apt photo by Douglas Friedman white tiled kitchen Saarinen table 1940s French chairs

Marisa Tomei NYC apt photo by Douglas Friedman bedroom purple walls black marble fireplace 1940s chairs fur murano glass vintage

Marisa Tomei NYC apt photo by Douglas Friedman vintage eclectic

She’s won us over for decades now, but I’m even more smitten with this simple quote about why she loves to collect vintage goods:

“What are the details of another person’s life? What’s the history of an object?”

And I always want to know, “What motives went into the designer’s process for creating this piece?” Some questions to ponder on your next treasure hunt!

xoxo-EB

Photos by Douglas Friedman via Elle Decor

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

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