Throwback Home Tour: Work to Home with Paul Caddell
This Southern aesthete masters the work-life balance with a sophisticated living space and equally stylish storefront in New York City's charming West Village.
At the age of 36, Paul Caddell, an Alabama transplant living in Memphis, quit his job, packed his bags, and moved to Manhattan. "New York had always seemed like the most adventurous place in the United States," Caddell says. "I had no idea what I was going to do there, but I knew I’d figure it out."
Once he’d settled in the city, Caddell, who formerly worked in health-care administration, began to consider turning his passion for antiques and interiors into a career. "Even though my original aspirations were in a completely different field," he says, "surrounding myself with a pleasing, interesting environment has always felt natural." So, he added a new requirement to his ongoing search for a West Village townhouse: space for a home design shop. Now, ten years later, Caddell has opened the doors to Abingdon 12—a home store and art gallery specializing in vintage and contemporary sculpture—in the garden level of his 19th-century townhouse. And upstairs, the three-bedroom home is filled with family heirlooms that boast his Southern heritage and whimsical objects he’s collected during trips around the world. His living room doubles as a public gallery where visitors can view installations by such artists as Rodger Stevens and Jonathan Iylanjah. "It’s such a pleasure living in a room filled with ever-changing artwork," he says, "and sharing it with my customers."
For Caddell, decorating isn’t about paint colors or fabric swatches; it’s about filling his home with meaningful pieces that tell a story. Like his journey to Manhattan, the decor of Caddell’s home represents his own natural development. "Whether it’s moving to the city or designing my home," he says, "there are deliberate guiding principles in my life, but, most importantly, I do what looks and feels right."