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Houzz Tour: New York Apartment Redesign Cooks Up Good Looks

Over its 150 years of existence, this apartment in a New York City brownstone has been home to a fashion model–actress, a renowned DJ and the woman responsible for the look of Vogue. It was Grace Coddington, longtime creative director for arguably the world’s best-known fashion magazine, who gave the two-story apartment a loft-like look. Downstairs it was one open space lined with closets and a tiny, out-of-the-way kitchen. A hard-to-navigate spiral staircase in the corner led up to a single bedroom and bath tucked under a steeply angled roof.

“Judging from the size of the kitchen, I would guess Grace Coddington didn’t cook much,” says Katie Martinez, the interior designer who, along with architect Anastasia Amelchakova, remodeled the space for the current owners — newlyweds Trevor and Christina Winstead. The bride and Martinez are old college friends, and she trusted the designer to help make the couple’s first home fit their sensibilities.