Name: Caroline Z Hurley
Location: West Village, NYC
Size: 420 square feet
Years lived in: 13 years
Caroline Z Hurley has lived in her apartment for 13 years, but has known the space even longer. Both of her sisters each lived in the apartment before her, and at one point, Caroline shared the 420-square-foot studio with one of them! Originally, the apartment was just an open studio with a half-wall separating the bedroom area. And while it eventually took ten months and one giant leak to renovate the space, the end result was worth it all.
With combined decades of experience living in the space (and one of Caroline’s sisters being an architect), the creative siblings knew better than anyone how to renovate the apartment. To create more living space, they lofted the bed with stylish, exposed beams, allowing for a full-size living room, spacious counter space, and ceiling-tall closets.
Being the founder of a successful home textiles business, it’s no surprise that Caroline’s West Village apartment is beautiful, inviting, unique, and just about the coziest space you’ve ever seen, filled with vintage textiles from around the world. In Caroline’s own words, cozy is “that sense of peace, that grounding, that enables adventure. There is something about getting one’s corner right that makes every other place more comfortable.” We think she’s gotten it just right.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Simple, casual, easy.
Inspiration: Vintage textiles and Georgia O’Keeffe’s style.
Favorite Element: The light. Also I love how quiet my apartment is.
Biggest Challenge: The size. I often dream about knocking down the wall to my neighbor’s apartment.
What Friends Say: That my home makes them feel cozy, safe, and supported.
Biggest Embarrassment: I always have chip crumbs everywhere, no matter how much I vacuum.
Proudest DIY: The curtain that hangs over my loft. I just stapled that right into the beams.
Biggest Indulgence: Getting in bed early and reading. I’m talking like 9pm early…
Best Advice: Ground yourself before tackling anything, especially travel and adventure. Make a space in your home that’s just for you to settle in — meditate, think, dream.
Dream Sources: I don’t really look online for inspiration, I prefer traveling.
PAINT & COLORS
Wall color — Valspar, oatmeal white paint
Rug — vintage from my grandmother’s basement
Lights — Pottery Barn
Rug — ABC Carpet & Home
Light — CB2
Couch — Design Within Reach
Couch cover — Caroline Z Hurley Hector woven throw unprinted
Pillows — Caroline Z Hurley blue stripe (coming soon to my website)
Pillows — Caroline Z Hurley White Moon
Throw — Caroline Z Hurley Yucatan Pink Throw
Throw — Caroline Z Hurley Oaxaca Navy Throw
All other furniture is from vintage sales — Elephant’s Trunk, Brimfield Flea, etc.
Table — The Source in Brooklyn (original antique from Bali)
Chairs — folding chairs from overstock.com
Rug — vintage from turkey
Napkins — Caroline Z Hurley Mimi napkins
Chandelier — Pottery Barn (I just didn’t attach the spider legs to the wall, so they all hang low)
Stools — West Elm
Tea towels — Caroline Z Hurley Joshua Tree print
Sheets — West Elm linen sheets
Pillows — Caroline Z Hurley Natural Grid pillow
Red chair — Design Within Reach
Vanity — custom built
Shower curtain — Caroline Z Hurley Oaxaca Navy Throw
Rug — home of the brave
Rug — vintage from Oaxaca