Danielle and Stephen Krupa, and their two daughters, Audrey and Emme
Who says settling down and having kids has to be boring? Homepolish designer Megan Grehl brought an industrial rocker vibe to the home of a family of four.
Photos by Julia Robbs.
There’s a strange rumor that is alive and well that New York City is not a place to raise a family. As people hit their 30s and “settle down,” they decamp to the suburbs or upstate, away from the insanity of the busy urban streets. But one look at the apartment of Danielle and Stephen Krupa, and you can tell that they are far from following the norm. Buying their SoHo 2-bedroom in 2008, they have since had two young girls, Audrey and Emme. Did that scare them away from the city? Heck no.
Having initially renovated the apartment with the help of Stephen’s sister and architect Julia Krupa, the introduction of the two youngsters meant that it was time for an update. Homepolish’s Megan Grehl came in to redecorate and reorganize the home to be more conducive to a family, converting a previous storage area into a mudroom and the den into a proper playroom.
That said, just because there were little ones in the house hardly meant that the adults had to abandon their moody, rocker aesthetic. Custom millwork by Brad Hornbake perfectly integrates collectable guitars, a yellow piano from Stephen’s childhood, and seemingly weathered art. A glam chandelier hangs from the playroom’s tin ceiling. You’d be forgiven for thinking this is the den of some rockstar, but when we asked the Krupa’s about their musical abilities, they let us know the truth. You can typically find Danielle in the kitchen, whipping up something for her blog Feeding Audrey. Stephen’s rocker tendencies are mostly limited to songs off the Frozen soundtrack. You have to give the audience what they want.
Megan has a great eye and aesthetic and I really trust her design ideas. Our style is industrial, honoring the feel of old New York, a little rock ‘n’ roll, and comfortable. Megan really understood that and worked well within that framework.- Danielle Krupa, chef