She continued: “I think I was just so eager to own a piece of New York City that I was willing to leap, which is my way. And he was like, ‘Let’s take a breath, and keep it steady here, and wait for our place.’ And, of course, he was right.”
When they first saw it, “our place,” an estate sale, had but a single bedroom and bath. Subsequently, walls were relocated or eliminated to carve out a nursery, a second full bath and an office that doubles as guest quarters. Pocket doors were installed to create private nooks and to maximize floor space; the ceilings were raised three feet, and a long wall in the kitchen acquired a veneer of thin brick. (It fools everybody.)
“We designed this apartment within an inch of its life,” Ms. Levy said. But really in the best possible way: It is well thought out without appearing studied or precious. And because Ms. Levy is a bit of a neat freak, there is a place for everything and everything in its place.
The neutral-toned furniture — some new, some picked up at flea markets or found through a moms’ group on Facebook — is a pleasing backdrop for art and knickknacks like the vintage ice bucket and the brass urn that holds a plant.
“It’s all about the mix,” Ms. Levy said. “If you have too many of any one thing it starts to feel either too dated or too modern and cold.”
A fellow cast member in the London production of “Ghost,” Adebayo Bolaji, was also an artist, Ms. Levy learned. She and Mr. Reiser bought one of his paintings; it hangs on the wall outside their bedroom.
“It’s the first adult piece of art we bought together,” she said. “As a child, I would go to galleries every weekend with my parents, who collected a lot of abstracts and a lot of sculptures. I had to sit quietly, and I wouldn’t be able to touch anything, and I hated it. And, of course, as I’ve grown up, art is the thing I love most.”
As much as anything, the apartment is a celebration of family: the family Ms. Levy has created with Mr. Reiser and their young son, and her family in Canada.
The master bedroom and master bath are illuminated by chandeliers that belonged to Ms. Levy’s maternal grandmother, Freda. It was Freda, too, who furnished the lamp on a side table in the living room. The mirror in the kitchen came Ms. Levy’s way courtesy of her paternal grandparents. The gallery wall in the living room displays the wood sign that hung outside her doctor father’s office for more than 40 years, as well as a plot plan of the street Ms. Levy grew up on, an artifact she found in her parents’ basement.
But she has yet another legacy from the previous generation. “Besides being art collectors, my parents love interior design. And when I was little, most Sundays I would come downstairs and find them rearranging the furniture,” Ms. Levy said.
“I fully inherited that hobby,” she added. “I’m sort of famous for moving massive pieces of furniture around the apartment by myself, much to David’s surprise and worry.”