Space of the Week: Downsizing Downtown

Since moving to New York in 1984, interior designer Milly de Cabrol, known for her warm, international decorating style, has lived uptown in the prewar world of moldings, fireplaces, and pooling curtains. “But I always dreamed of living downtown,” the Italian-born De Cabrol says. So when her apartment went condo last year, she immediately found a one-bedroom in a new green building within kissing distance of the High Line. De Cabrol, standing by her living room’s corner window, with a view down to the Statue of Liberty on a clear day, says she found this table with a tree-branch base at Mecox Gardens. “I always like to bring a little of the outdoors in.” Photo: Wendy Goodman

De Cabrol first laid eyes on the apartment as it was being built. “I love that it’s a fresh start, and I am the first person to live here,” she says. She got the teal velvet couch from ABC Carpet, and had the legs cut down. The plexiglass coffee table was custom-made to fit the space, and the photograph here is also by Oberto Gili. Photo: Wendy Goodman

She loves to entertain, and the kitchen island is where De Cabrol’s friends tend to gather when they come over. She found the hanging lamps at Home Depot. Milly covered the seats of the white ballroom chairs in Diane Von Furstenberg fabric. Photo: Wendy Goodman

De Cabrol kept her bedroom simple with pure white Pratesi linens and a custom headboard upholstered with fabric from her friend, interior designer Peter Dunham. Photo: Wendy Goodman

Instead of curtains, her bedroom windows are covered in relaxed Roman shades made from Belgian linen. Photo: Wendy Goodman

De Cabrol uses a plexiglass console from CB2 as her desk. The upholstered folding chair is from Anthropologie. Photo: Wendy Goodman

“I never repeat the same look for my clients. Each project is different,” De Cabrol says. She seems to be applying this same mantra to her own home; her new place is very spare compared to her previous one. “I am keeping it light and open.” Photo: Wendy Goodman

Space of the Week: Downsizing Downtown