New Elegance #17

This New York Brownstone house proves that even busy family homes with pets can still look cool and elegant.

Get the look: The parquet floor came from New Wood Flooring and the vintage Berber rug is from Francois Gilles. The chandelier, coffee tables and floor light all came from a Parisian flea market, while the tub-shaped armchairs are from a local antique store.

THE PROPERTY

An 1890s brownstone house in Greenwich Village, New York. The raised ground floor contains an open plan kitchen, dining and living space; the first floor is home to the master bedroom, dressing room and library and there are four further bedrooms on the second and third floors. A family room and fifth bedroom occupy the lower ground floor.

LIVING AREA

This four-storey terrace house on the edge of Greenwich and West Village is a chic and elegant home. Part of the building’s appeal was the generous proportions of the rooms. Its location in one of the few areas of the city that has curved streets and a real sense of community was the other significant attraction. Structurally, the house was in good shape so the only major building work that needed doing was to turn the raised ground floor into a single cooking, eating, living space.

That done, attention was put on the core details. An elegant framework was created of plain walls, honey-coloured floors and really beautiful details – including sophisticated chandeliers, beautiful floors and a luxe kitchen. If you get all those things right, then you can keep the furniture spare and practical. And even when the house is messy, those elegant details help anchor it.

Get the look: The parquet floor came from New Wood Flooring and the vintage Berber rug is from Francois Gilles. The yellow sofas are from George Smith. The chandelier, coffee tables and floor light all came from a Parisian flea market, while the tub-shaped armchairs are from a local antique store. The large black painting is by Jim Lee. The curtains are from Mark David.

While open fires and the rich, wood tones make it wonderfully warm in winter, it is a house that comes into its own in the spring and summer. Unusually for a town house, it gets light both at the front and the back. Sunshine fills the main living area and bounces off the yellow sofas.

Light fixtures and mirrors were mostly sourced in local antique stores and Parisian flea markets, the vintage pieces inject character, history and glamour into the house and have the added advantage of being mounted on the wall or ceiling, well out of harm’s way.

Get the look: The parquet floor came from New Wood Flooring and the vintage Berber rug is from Francois Gilles. The yellow sofas are from George Smith. The chandelier, coffee tables and floor light all came from a Parisian flea market, while the tub-shaped armchairs are from a local antique store. The curtains are from Mark David.

A rich parquet floor, sunshine yellow sofas and glamorous, vintage furniture give the living area a welcoming, relaxed elegance.

Get the look: The parquet floor came from New Wood Flooring. The yellow sofas are from George Smith. The curtains are from Mark David.

DINING AREA

The dining area has a pared-down colour scheme of off-white and warm wood tones, while natural wood textures and a gallery of art work add visual interest.

Get the look: The oval dining table was a gift. The antique dining chairs came from Conjeaud & Chappey. The artworks are primarily portraits collected over the years. The black ink picture in the centre is by Kiki Smith.

KITCHEN

The kitchen is the hub of this home. It has an industrial edge, with hard surfaces and simple, practical fittings.

Get the look: The Honed Petite Granite floor tiles are from Integrated and the Grove wall tiles are by Waterworks. The mahogany kitchen island with its white Carrara marble worktop came from Fullscale Woodworking Inc, while the drawer unit and white oak shelves and brass brackets were all custom made. The collection of crockery is by Sir/Madam. The Tolix bar stools are from Antiquaire and the large pendant Candy Shop light, made from industrial parts, is by John Ogden from John Derion. The brass taps are by Waterworks, the farmhouse sink is from Rohl, the stove is La Canache and the fridge is by SubZero. The woodwork is painted in ‘Wrought Iron’ by Benjamin Moorre. The door hardware came from Frank Allart.

The open, white oak shelves with custom-made brass brackets and eclectic piles of crockery add a softer, more domestic vibe.

Get the look: The Honed Petite Granite floor tiles are from Integrated and the Grove wall tiles are by Waterworks. The mahogany kitchen island with its white Carrara marble worktop came from Fullscale Woodworking Inc, while the drawer unit and white oak shelves and brass brackets were all custom made. The collection of crockery is by Sir/Madam. The Tolix bar stools are from Antiquaire and the large pendant Candy Shop light, made from industrial parts, is by John Ogden from John Derion. The brass taps are by Waterworks, the farmhouse sink is from Rohl, the stove is La Canache and the fridge is by SubZero. The woodwork is painted in ‘Wrought Iron’ by Benjamin Moorre. The door hardware came from Frank Allart.

STUDY

The study has the most beautiful southern light and is full of books and pictures. It’s a private and personal space.

Get the look: The black armchairs were found in a French flea market for E200. The rug is from Madeline Weinrib, the three-armed ceiling light is by Serge Mouille, the mirror and the coffee table both came from a Parisian flea market. The old marble fireplace was sourced from Urban Archeology.

There’s  big picture board with personal photographs that help make it feel like home.

Get the look: The antique glass desk came from Lerebours Antiques and the 1969 Tulip Karmstolar chair was a vintage find. The rug is from Madeline Weinrib.

HALLWAY

The old mirror, with attractively mottled glass, acts both as a light reflector and notice board. An antique chest of drawers doubles as an elegant storage unit for post and keys, and as a display table for the Adnet ball lights.

Get the look: The antique chest came from Uptowner Antiques via 1st Dibs, the Adnet ball lights were a vintage find and the rug is from Francois Gilles.

MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom and bathroom are lessons in understated glamour.

Get the look: The upholstered bed came from Restoration Hardware and the faux fur throw is by Calypso St Barth. The antique bedside table is from Samuel Marx, the lamp was a vintage find and the rug is by Madeline Weinrib. The bespoke dark grey Venetian plaster walls were created by Alton Painting. The photograph is by Cindy Sherman and the wall hanging came from the Clic General Store.

The dark Venetian plaster walls in the bedroom sound risky but it pays off with an elegant, textural effect.

Get the look: The upholstered bed came from Restoration Hardware and the faux fur throw is by Calypso St Barth. The antique bedside table is from Samuel Marx, the lamp was a vintage find and the rug is by Madeline Weinrib. The bespoke dark grey Venetian plaster walls were created by Alton Painting. The photograph is by Cindy Sherman and the wall hanging came from the Clic General Store.

It feels comfortable and elegant rather than sad due to the dark grey Venetian plaster walls being mixed with a white light fixture and a big white cloud of a bed.

DRESSING ROOM

Glittering brass door furniture and a copper-lined light turn this cupboard-filled landing into a super-glamorous dressing room.

Get the look: The pendant light is from Pieces Atlanta. The wardrobes and their brass handles were custom-made. The rug came from Francois Gilles. The stool was a flea market find, the bag is by Yves Saint Laurent and her red heels are Sergio Rossi.

The dressing room is a bejewelled white box, with a dressing table for perfume and jewellery.

BATHROOM

Floor to ceiling tiles emphasise the height of this room, while the monochrome colour scheme gives a sense of serenity.

Get the look: The wall tiles are from Waterworks, the roll top bath is from Sunrise Speciality and the tap is from Waterworks. The sink unit was custom-made, the basin is by Kohler and the Henry tap is by Waterworks.

GIRLS’ ROOM

This girls’ room incorporates plenty of glitter, but while keeping a subdued palette.

Get the look: The day bed and cushions were custom made. The chandelier and stool were vintage finds.

GIRLS’ ROOM

In the other girls’ room, a glamorous, sparkling pendant light that was snapped up at a flea market injects instant glamour.

Get the look: The upholstered bed came from Restoration Hardware, the light was a vintage find. The cocoon chair is from PBteen.

A cluster of fairy lights turn this all-white space into a pretty and versatile bedroom.

Get the look: The cocoon chair is from PBteen.

GIRLS’ DEN

The third floor landing has been transformed into a bright, white sitting room for the kids. It’s a sunny, soft place that acts as an escape to read, and chill.

Get the look: The LOVE wall graphic came from ETSY, the Custom Five Arm Chandelier is from Rewire LA, the daybed came from West Elm and the rug from ABC Home.

ROOF GARDEN

The roof garden has raised beds full of vegetables and extraordinary views out across Manhattan.

 

Find out more about the designer at havenskitchen.com

Contact architect Martin Sosa at arcologica.com

Photography Matthew Williams

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