Explore an elegant apartment in Manhattan's Upper East Side

The new build apartment feels charming, with wood panelling and eclectic interiors that blend together vibrant pattern and wallpaper, bold colours, vintage paintings and antique furnishings...

new york
(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

The Property

This New York apartment sits in 130 East End Avenue in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The modern home blends together vibrant pattern and wallpaper, bold colours, vintage paintings and antique furnishings.

The new build apartment wasn't working for the family, so they brought in designer Bella Mancini to help them reconfigure the layout in a way that worked better for the family.

The apartment measures 2,500 square feet, with three ensuite bedrooms plus a maid's room. The living room was reconfigured, and the kitchen and maid’s room were gutted, as was the master bedroom. It's now a family home, and every space is used daily.

Entry

The foyer / entrance hallway welcomes you with a beautiful marble console and a bright piece of art.  The foyer table is by James Devlin and the light fixture is vintage. 

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

Living room

The living room, the largest room in the apartment, was underused. Each night the couple’s two teenage boys would retreat to their bedrooms to watch TV. Bella Mancini reimagined the space to include a hidden television, comfortable seating and a huge ottoman to put their feet up on. 

new york

Get the look: The living room boasts and antique carpet and beautiful Roman Thomas credenza. The living room chairs are T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and the lamp is a vintage Arco.

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

The owners wanted their apartment to reflect their love of textiles, antiques and entertaining. They wanted it to be equal parts comfortable, practical and elegant.

With a mix of furnishings, they've now got a traditional inspired interior which still feels modern and family friendly.

The living room has a carpet from Lebanon, where the husband’s family is from.  The artwork is large and abstract, adding a modern juxtaposition to the otherwise traditional space. 

new york

Get the look: The living room boasts and antique carpet and beautiful Roman Thomas credenza. The living room chairs are T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and the lamp is a vintage Arco.

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

There are also built-in bookcases and a grand piano.

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

An antique cabinet acts as a home bar.

There's a mix of artworks throughout the home, with pieces including family portraits, artworks by the homeowner's mother who is a trained artist, some artworks by Richard Serra plus modern abstract pieces thrown in the mix.

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

Kitchen

A small white kitchen features a peninsula island, marble countertops and brass details.

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

Across from it is a cosy breakfast nook, with an eat-in table and banquette corner bench.

new york

Get the look: The kitchen has a table from Demiurge and the chairs are from John Rosselli.  The rug is vintage.

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

Dining room

The dining room is a bright and colourful space, owed to the green velvet dining chair seats, the patterned curtains and matching bolster cushion, the vintage rug and a pop of red coming from the glossy table lamp.

new york

Get the look: The dining room table is Keith Fritz from John Rosselli, the credenza Roman and Williams, and the chandelier is by Olampia.  

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

Home office

The former maid's room is now a cosy home office space.

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

Powder room

The home office leads through to a powder room / cloakroom.

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

Kids' bedrooms

The couple have two teenage sons. Both of their rooms feature grown-up, sophisticated schemes with wall mounted lights, framed art and quality furniture pieces.

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

See Also: Teenage boy bedroom ideas, Teenage girl bedroom ideas and Sharing room ideas

Master bedroom

Family antiques, a 40’s French light fixture and an upholstered grey velvet headboard add elegance to the master bedroom.

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

Ensuite bathroom

A small ensuite bathroom feels light and airy, owed to the white bathroom colour scheme.

new york

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)
Lotte Brouwer
Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.