There’s plenty of room for a feline companion in the 1862 East Village garden co-op Sevigny bought seven years ago, shortly after filming the pilot for Big Love. She’d spent her twenties cycling through apartments—ten or so, all told, the last of which was a tiny high-rise studio subletted from fellow actress Natasha Lyonne. “I came here with literally no furniture because the place I lived before this was, like, 200 square feet,” she says, and she didn’t exactly have time to decorate. On breaks from Big Love, Sevigny would buy a lamp here and a mirror there from David Cafiero, who runs the tiny by-appointment antiques store Cafiero Select in Cooper Square, and who helped decorate her brother Paul’s club, the Beatrice Inn. “We’re both from New England,” says Sevigny. “He’s really inspired by the sea, and I grew up on the water. I was like, ‘Ahhh. I wish I could just live in his store!’ ”
Sevigny’s bookshelves are organized by section: fine art, punk-rock style, autobiographies of actresses and directors, American writers, French writers, religion, and plays and playwrights. She wanted to reupholster her reading chair in yellow leather, but it was “really expensive, so we cheaped out and did vinyl,” she says.
Cafiero bought this iron garden table at an auction. “I really wanted a country-in-the-city vibe in here,” says Sevigny.
Sevigny found this Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis wallpaper before she started working with Cafiero. “It had a seventies Wasp-y vibe,” she says.
This steering wheel is one of two nautically themed mirrors in the powder room; the other, above the toilet, is in the shape of a porthole. “Boys love looking at themselves in that thing,” says Sevigny. “They think it’s hilarious.”
The neon pentagram in Sevigny’s bedroom is by Hanna Liden, a young New York artist. She got it to balance out the many crosses on her walls, including one covered in black lace above her bed. “I like crosses,” she says. “I was raised Catholic, so I don’t know, I have an affinity.”