When Don and Sandy Goodman set out to rent an apartment on the Upper West Side of New York City, they knew it would be a downsize from their 3,000 square-foot home in Florida. But that wasn’t a huge concern – after all, they spent over a decade of their 50-year marriage living in tight quarters on a boat, and that had gone just swimmingly.
After their children went to college, the couple embarked on a lifelong dream to sail around the world on a 50-foot sailboat named Destiny. They spent 14 years traveling all over the globe, from Panama and Antigua to New Zealand and Australia and everywhere in between. They eventually came back home to Florida, but in this next stage of life, the couple wanted to have a second home close to their grandchildren in New York City – and a good reason to escape the hot Florida weather for half the year.
Last year, Don and Sandy found a unit in their daughter Lauren’s building near Central Park. She lives right upstairs with her husband, Joe, and their two sons, Logan, 5½, and Jasper, 3, and the whole family comes over to Don and Sandy’s frequently to visit and play games.
Since they were only planning to spend half the year in NYC – and since they initially didn’t know how long they would want to keep this apartment – Don and Sandy sought out the services of the Design Crew with West Elm Broadway to make furnishing this apartment as easy as possible. They quickly hit it off with Lead Design Consultant Angie Leslie, who was able to combine the couple’s worldly design aesthetics with practical considerations (kid-friendly or bust!) to create a modern home just right for their family.
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When Don and Sandy first came into the West Elm Broadway store, Angie was immediately inspired by the couple’s nautical life and wanted to work that vibe into their new home. They (naturally!) loved the Zoe Bios Islands Rug, which complements the blue velvet Thea Chairs and a framed print from The Arts Capsule. She also worked with art pieces the couple already had. “From their travels, they have a lot of wood sculptures,” she says. “When we walked the West Elm showroom together, they loved the Pictograph Media Console, and I can see why because they already have really similar things.” Now the two pieces live harmoniously together with the TV.
The real star of the living room, though, is the leather Enzo Sectional. “We’re on that couch all the time,” Sandy says. “We read there, we watch TV there, and the kids love it because they can push the buttons.” Raising and lowering the footrest is fun for the whole family. “We don’t want it to break, so now we limit it to five times… and then it’s back to the toys!”
When selecting furniture, durability was of the upmost importance. “We knew we wanted furniture that was hearty,” says Don. “It’s gotta be practical, but even the functional stuff at West Elm is so beautiful,” says Sandy. Enter the Emmerson Expandable Dining Table, which is perfect for them because the kids can climb up on the bench (and sometimes all the way up on the table!) to play with Legos and other toys. The sustainably sourced reclaimed pine has a naturally rugged surface, so it can stand a few extra nicks and dings from, say, an impromptu toy-car race right on the table.
They also wanted plenty of storage to stash kids’ toys and things that don’t fit in their daughter’s apartment, so Angie set them up with the Industrial Modular Storage Set, made up of a large Media Console and two 49″ units. She styled the room with faux botanicals and grapewood branches, since Sandy doesn’t want to have to worry about watering plants when they go back to Florida for long stretches.
Space was a bit of a challenge in the bedroom, but Sandy was delighted that Angie was able to fit more than she expected – with a few smart moves to maximize space. “I didn’t think the mini-desk would fit, but Angie came over and measured, and we ordered it on her recommendation,” she says. It’s a tight squeeze, but Angie “cheated it” by layering the Cat Eye Metal Wall Mirror with the Belgian Flax Linen Curtain so it looks intentional. “I’m just thrilled because I use it all the time for makeup and storage,” says Sandy. Matching Roar + Rabbit Geo Inlay Bedroom Furniture ties the whole room together.
Don spends a lot of time in the home office, which turns into a guest room in a pinch with the Paidge Sleeper Sofa. It also acts as a capsule their time at sea, with a gallery wall of memories and colorful courtesy flags that they’d fly when approaching foreign ports.
Lead Design Consultant at West Elm Broadway
Photography by Landon Vonderschmidt
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