Interior designer Michel Van Devender and her husband, Ladd Van Devender, have always loved modern design.
In the fall of 2013, a friend and a serendipitous stroke of luck led to the purchase of a property just four houses down from the 1920s Elizabeth neighborhood home that they had renovated and lived in for eight years. At the time she was a designer with Lisa Sherry of Lisa Sherry Interieurs and so Van Devender knew she would be actively involved in the designing and building process. Today, the two remain great friends, and Van Devender has worked and traveled up and down the East Coast bringing her coveted casual luxe style to clients.
The idea behind the house’s aesthetic is to marry a seamless blend of architecture and interior design in a space that is minimal but warm. The result is a modern multifunctional space, exemplified perfectly by this bedroom, that combines a varied mix of finishes and materials. The unfinished white oak wood floors line the entire upstairs, as does the neutral color palette. The bedroom is a happy, light-filled, calm space that Van Devender says offsets perfectly the chaos of life. It’s a visually striking space, too, with the eclectic mix of new and old objects that she has made her signature.