When it came time to decorate their New York City apartment, Seth Meyers and his wife Alexi Ashe Meyers didn’t have to look far for help. In fact, they kept the job in the family
The Late Night host and his wife, a human rights lawyer, hired Alexi’s older sister, Ariel, to tackle the job. Ariel and her partner Reinaldo Leandro, who together form design firm Ashe+Leandro, transformed the eight-room penthouse in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood into the couple’s dream home.
The 3,200-square-foot, two-story residence, AD points out, is a true family home, not a stuffy showplace. In April 2018, it also briefly became a delivery room, when Alexi gave birth to Axel Strahl on the floor of the building’s lobby.
“I called 911 and over the course of a minute conversation, I said, ‘We’re about to have a baby — we’re having a baby — we had a baby,’ ” Meyers recounted on his show after the dramatic delivery. The proud dad began to cry as he spoke about his wife but attempted to play the tears off by joking, “I’m getting choked up thinking about how brave I was.”
The couple, who married in 2013, bought the apartment in 2016, and asked Ariel and Reinaldo to complete a renovation of it in 3 months.
“I just trust them so implicitly,” Alexi told AD. “The only input I give is, like, ‘I want the silverware drawer across from the dishwasher.’”
In fact, Seth, who, over the years, has had Ariel decorate his former bachelor pad and the green rooms backstage at Late Night, can’t imagine life without the design duo. “It would have been a pretty gnarly situation,” he says. “It would be hard to comprehend what my interiors would look like without the Ashes in my life.”
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