November 26, 2015
Daphne Javitch’s Beach House Chic
Take a Tip from Ten Undies designer & turn your urban space into a beachy oasis
Name: Daphne Javitch
Hometown: New York City
Current Location: Today Shanghai, but usually New York!
Lately, I’m wearing: Short broken-in jeans. Carolyn Bessette-style.
We have serious life envy! How do you keep yours in order?
Oh my gosh- does my life seem in order?! To me, it feels like a puzzle that I’m constantly trying to put together. I really love what I do and the people around me, so I think excitement and gratitude motivates enough order to keep it all going.
Any organizing secrets to share?
Don’t let the mess get out of hand. I pick up after myself as soon as possible.
Any favorite cleaning products?
My favorite laundry detergent is Mrs. Meyers Clean Day in Baby Blossom scent.
What about your kitchen design – are those custom cabinets? Love the idea of having deep drawers!
When I moved in, the kitchen was all black, with heavy lacquered cabinets and dark granite countertops. I wanted more of a beach house feeling, so I replaced the cabinet system with salvaged wood shelves (made by Moon River Chattel). The drawer system was already there – I just had them resurfaced, replaced the granite with butcher block and painted everything white.
Your home is chicly curated. How do you keep it pared down?
Everyone thinks I’m a minimalist, but I just haven’t finished decorating! I have to be patient because I’m picky. I don’t want to live with something I don’t love I’m working on making the living room cozier – I’m dreaming of installing a gas fireplace and a projection screen. I’ve always wanted this apartment to have a beach house feeling: clean, airy, and filled with light. That’s a relief to come home to.
TOP 5 TAKEAWY TIPS: CREATE YOUR OWN
BEACH (APARTMENT) HOUSE OASIS
1. Paint it white.
2. Use natural/salvaged wood for accents and shelving.
3. Add in anything that’s striped (towels, sheets, bath mats, blankets, cushions) for some nautical vibes.
4. Decorate with small beachy/tropical accents like the coral Daphne uses on the stack of magazines.
5. Accent a wall with colorful wallpaper. Like the Beverly Hills Hotel Banana Leaf Wallpaper Daphne has in her closet? Find it here!
Photography by Lianna Tarantin