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!

Day Job: Creative Director of TEN Undies & Design Consultant for Theory and Uniqlo

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.


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