Pad Proud: A whimsical retreat for a fashion maven
Style: Vintage and industrial meets modern
Object of pride: Sweet bookshelves
It's easy to picture Samantha Pleet sketching out her whimsical, ethereal fashions in a space that embodies the same aesthetic. So amNewYork paid a visit to the designer at her home.
Pleet - a Pratt grad who started her eponymous line in 2006, which is now sold in city stores from Steven Alan to Saks Fifth Avenue - shares her one-bedroom Greenpoint apartment with her husband, Patrick. The space, like Pleet's clothing, uses a mostly natural palette - greens, browns and jewel tones - and is decked out with tons of plants as well as bookshelves and a bed made from raw materials. A mural of a forest straight out of a fairy tale adorns the closet in the bedroom.
Pleet's many collections - from gnomes to records to wood carvings by her grandfather - are like treats for the walls and corners, and add to the space's warm, fanciful vibe.
"We wanted an escape when we went home," said Pleet, who moved into the apartment three years ago.
The super-comfy blue couches are Michel Ducaroy's Togo design, available at Ligne Roset, and get even cozier with squishy mushroom-shaped pillows (which also adorn her bed). The coffee table/ottoman is actually a piece from her aunt's bed-set from the '70s, which Pleet has had since she was a little girl. Notice how there's no TV in the living room; instead, Pleet has a projector and screen, which she hooks up to her computer to watch movies. "Televisions are such eyesores," she said. "And I feel like I'm in a movie theater every night." Above the couches hangs artwork by friends and family.
To create more cook-prep space in the kitchen, Pleet added a custom butcher block she bought at Moon River Chattel in Williamsburg. "I don't know what I'd do without it - I love cooking," she said. And for eating, Pleet loves the "industrial" feel of the dining table (by Wonk in Clinton Hill). The chairs are from Design Within Reach, and the three lamps that hang over the table come from ABC Carpet & Home.
Like any fashion-obsessed gal, the centerpiece of Pleet's bedroom is her closet - hers is covered in a fantastical mural painted by her childhood friend, artist Leon Benn. "It was inspired by the forest in our heads as children," she said. Inside, there's a treasure trove of vintage items (from clothing that belonged to her grandmother to designer pieces she scored at local shops) as well as wares from her own line, which are all made in the Garment District.
Pleet's apartment has two outdoor spaces - a small area in the front with a bench (found for just $30 in the Finger Lakes region), a small table (from Williamsburg antique shop Luddite), plants and an incredible, unobstructed view of Manhattan; and a larger area off the bedroom, with a table and chairs and more greenery.
Pleet's husband - an architect who works at an interior design firm - constructed the bookshelves from material at M. Fine Lumber. "I have way too many books and records," Pleet said.
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