Apartment Peeper: Elizabeth Brockway, Intern at Vogue

– By Benjamin Stelly –  

Elizabeth Brockway - Vogue's Online Fashion Director's exlusive intern - in her chic Apartment

Welcome to Apartment Peeper: a quick look inside the homes of young, creative New Yorkers whose quarters reflect a sense of who they are and what they do. Follow me!
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This week I had the exciting opportunity to peep inside Elizabeth Brockway’s West Village apartment. Three years ago, Elizabeth moved to New York City to study Art History and Photography at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, with hopes of one-day working in the fashion department of a glossy editorial. In those three short years, she has already established herself in both her photographic work at school and through internships. Not long after her big move, Elizabeth began her first internship at PR Consulting, from which she decamped for American Vogue, where she has worked for the past year.
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Just this past summer, Elizabeth took the plunge and found an apartment to move into on her own: no roommates, no split utility bills, and no one else to contribute furnishing options. Daunting? Maybe a little bit, but seeing as she had already spent six months as Vogue’s Online Fashion Director’s exclusive intern, she was more than up to the challenge.
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I caught up with Elizabeth last week and she gave me a peak into her beautiful new place. Her decorating techniques not only transmit her unique style, but also include useful techniques that any city apartment dweller can learn from. Check out the images of Elizabeth and her new space, and some resourceful ideas to inspire your own space.
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Neatly nestled side-tables provide a space for Elizabeth to store books and most importantly - sit a vase of fresh flowers.

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As you walk through Elizabeth’s door, she has a side table nestled in the corner for keys, mail, and other odds and ends. Staples on the table are a fresh bouquet of flowers and her newly purchased textbooks. Fortunately, for Elizabeth, her curriculum and industry require textbooks with a sense of aesthetics.

Books are an excellent way to give visitors a sense of your personality. As a photography and fashion enthusiast, Elizabeth keeps three printed treasures out on constant display: Fashion Drawings in Vogue, Robert Frank’s photography compilation The Americans, and Art in the Streets – a book she picked up on graffiti street art after visiting the MOCA in Los Angeles this summer.

Elizabeth showcases her eclectic personality with a wide selection of books - and a hand-made sequined skull that captures both the glam and the edge found in Elizabeth's sense of style.

 

Living in New York City, organization is an essential element needed to make efficient use of the, more often than not, small spaces that we inhabit. Elizabeth is a master of maximizing her space. Elizabeth employed color blocking to coordinate the books, magazines, and pictures on her bookshelf, and even took some cues from Vogue’s fashion closet for her own closet. Notice the hangers? These are Vogue staples. She shivered at the idea of using any other kind.

 

To guide the eye, Elizabeth uses color blocking to organize everything - from books to her closet.

 

Elizabeth looks to bring inspiration from her your daily life into her décor. After drafting an Art History essay on her negative reaction to the work of Damien Hirst, Elizabeth began to learn more about the artist’s process and ironically fell in love with his pieces. This signed poster is now one of her most prized personal possessions, followed by a replicated silver sequined skull that her mom handmade for her one year for Christmas (on the bookshelf above).

 

Maps of London hang side-by-side a signed poster by Damien Hirst

 

Elizabeth is an avid traveler, and collects artifacts from the cities she holds dear. She found antique maps of London and her hometown of Washington DC at the Brooklyn Flea Market, and framed them to hang over her kitchen table. Elizabeth recently returned from her summer abroad studying at The Courtauld in London, where she picked up these pop-inspired postcards from the city’s museums. She has begun piecing them together as a wall mural to add some color to her otherwise more sedate palate.

Elizabeth's pop inspired post-cards provide inspiration and raw material for a self-made mural.

In just a few weeks Elizabeth begins her final year at New York University and a very exciting new internship opportunity. It was a pleasure being about to peer inside the home of such an inspired New Yorker, and we look forward to what Elizabeth will bring us in the future!

 

Benjamin Stelly is a style enthused photographer and writer from Austin, Texas who has worked with the fashion departments of various editorials and with street style photographer, Scott Schuman – The Sartorialist. Benjamin is a contributing photographer to Interview Magazine Online and runs his own personal photography blog: The Benjamin Almanac. He currently resides in New York City.

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