House Tour An Art Deco Dream Apartment In Manhattan Apartment

August 15, 2018 3:55 am by ramsaystirling
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House Tour An Art Deco Dream Apartment In Manhattan Apartment

Best Advice: I grew up going on historic home and garden tours with my mom, grandma and uncle, and I suppose now when I think back to what I learned, I was taught to always look at a space for its potential rather than its face value and to always respect the integrity of the structure’s design era when it comes to renovating.

Biggest Indulgence: Without question the Kelly Wearstler Studio Dining Chairs.

What Friends Say: Everyone LOVES the view. Usually no one even comments on all the interior designing I have done, they just love the views of the bright lights and big city.

Biggest Challenge: Window treatments. I look directly into the neighbor’s apartment but also get a peek at the sky, so I didn’t want conventional curtains that block the top of the window. I used window film to cover the windows and what I call ‘summer curtains,’ which block the sun when it gets too hot.

To see more of Tracy’s interior design, check out her website Tracy Steele Designs or visit her on Facebook.

What Friends Say: That it’s feminine without being too girly. Everyone loves the exposed brick and high ceilings.

Name: Tracy Steele Location: West 14th Street, New York, New York Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 15 years; rented

KITCHEN Wooden Blinds — The Shade Store Art — Painting by David Mudgedell

Resources of Note: PAINT & COLORS Benjamin Moore – Lighthouse LIVING ROOM Sofa – Tracy Steele Designs Occasional tables – Haywood Wakefield Standing lamp, side chair – Las Venus Barkcloth pillow – Pippin Vintage Home Art over sofa – Grandmother’s painting (signed by “Carlo”) DINING ROOM Buffet – Las Venus Hanging lamp with custom wooden base – Tracy Steele Designs BEDROOM Wall unit, custom designs – Tracy Steele Designs Lamp – Ugly Luggage Paint – custom mix

Biggest Indulgence: I had the sofa made at my factory, so it wasn’t exactly an indulgence, but having a good couch is worth every penny. I’ve had this sofa for nearly 14 years and I still love it.

Best Advice: Clarify what it is that you love and just bring home those things that really touch you. Never get a piece of furniture just to have it. You’ll choose the wrong thing.

Favorite Element: My vintage clock/lamp which looks like a phone but aside from telling time lighting up, also lights cigarettes.

Favorite Elements: I love the original steel door frames, original hardwood floors from 1924, and the antique wedding cake chandelier in the living room.

Biggest Embarrassment: The humidifier got pushed up against the bedroom dresser, warping it and blanching the finish. Ugh!

The attention to detail she brings to her work with her clients is reflected in the style of her own NYC apartment, which has evolved over 15 years of renting. Her dedication to vintage is so strong that she has unintentionally developed a clock collection. After hunting for the same Westclok Big Ben she regretfully left behind in a thrift store, an ex-boyfriend sweetly kept surprising her with clocks off eBay (“Is this the one? How about this?”). Now there are beautiful vintage clocks everywhere, with great stories, and she did finally get that Big Ben piece after all.

Proudest DIY: My grandmother made our window seat cushions out of recycled silk curtains. She really is a creative woman.

Name: Gretchen Maull of GG Maull Location: Tribeca / City Hall — New York, NY Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: Rented 2 years

Best Advice: Invest in pieces and objects that make you happy. When I started with each room, I thought about the few key pieces that my husband and I loved or wanted in the room and then designed everything around them, like the Missoni carpet we inherited from my mother-in-law. My other piece of advice is to not go overboard (from someone who has a tendency to go overboard). It’s important to remember that not every piece of furniture can be a showstopper!

An Ohio native, Devin first moved to NYC to attend NYU for undergrad. She then attended King’s College for her masters and returned to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She currently works as a marketing director for a social occasion dress brand and has recently launched her own website dedicated to conscious aesthetics, fashion theory, and the politics involved in the fashion industry. I was intrigued by Devin’s perspective on the current state of the clothing industry (she is working to generate more transparency concerning the global textile industry) and I was able to see how her respect for craftsmanship infused her home’s style.

Proudest DIY: I once would have said the wooden key that I made in 7th grade shop, but I’m pretty impressed with myself for reupholstering the green chair. It’s not perfect, but I surprised myself by doing it at all.

Her use of soft creams, whites, and blush tones work to create a soft and elegant mood throughout her home. The wall color moves between a light cream and a soft blush depending on the sunlight — and the overall effect is both cheerful and calming.

I absolutely love seeing cleanly designed spaces that aren’t afraid to work with bold graphic patterns and colors. This beautifully designed home in the heart of Manhattan has everything that you’d want to see in a modern luxe New York apartment. Fashion and handbag designer Gretchen Maull of GG Maull incorporates energetic patterns, luxurious fabrics, and a rebellious attitude throughout.

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Biggest Embarrassment: Chelsea’s (our cat) scratch marks on our furniture and rugs. We love her but don’t love her scratching.

In Tracy Steele’s apartment, things are not always what they seem: a drink set hides inside a bowling ball trophy, a rotary telephone lamp base is a clock that used to be a cigarette lighter, and the narrow slice of a drawer inside a mid-century modern buffet opens vertically and holds sewing supplies. But one thing is certain: Tracy’s Manhattan apartment is full of vibrant color and beautiful style.

BEDROOM Tamsen Upholstered Bed Frame — Pottery Barn Braylin Tufted wool Rug — Pottery Barn Cape Cod Night Stands — Safavieh Mirrored Vanity — Pottery Barn Silver Beaded Mirror — Pottery Barn Velvet Roman Shades — The Shade Store

Inspiration: I was designing the interior décor for this apartment while simultaneously developing the brand identity for GG Maull (my recently launched accessories brand), so the overall sentiment is the same — ­a bold mix of the sophisticated, the luxurious, and, without question, the rebellious. Not unlike how I might describe myself! The rebellious, edgier elements you can see in the wallpaper, the art by Maya Hayuck, and the smoked mirrors throughout. The more sophisticated, luxe side reveals itself in the Tibetan black quartz crystal lamp, the brass dining chairs and the abundance of plush velvet.

Dream Sources: Damien Hirst Butterfly Kaleidoscope Painting; Moving Mountains Palmyra Lamp; 1st Dibs – anything from the Art Deco time period; Kelly Wearstler – furniture, accessories, pretty much anything!

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Biggest Challenge: As cliché as it may sound…never enough closet space! I try to keep one of every handbag I design which, after eight years of designing, really begins to add up! I have bins upon bins upon bins.

Proudest DIY: I purchased the Filmore bookcase from Mitchell Gold Bob Williams but once it was in the living room, it didn’t have the right amount of depth or feel luxe enough. I took a risk and glued a smoked mirror to the back of the bookcase and it magically changed the entire vibe of the living room.

LIVING ROOM Nicoletti Sectional Couch — Bloomingdales Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Fritz Pull Up Tables — Bloomingdales Decola TV Unit — Roche Bobois Kailee Printed Rug — Pottery Barn Window Seat Cushion & Pillows — Custom Made by Devin’s Grandma Roman Shades — The Shade Store Stainless Steel Roses — Custom Made by Devin’s brother Holden Picture Frames — Ralph Lauren Finley Ice Bucket — Ralph Lauren Art — Purple/ Blue Rose Painting on Glass Jacob Wolff, Artist from ELX Art Vintage Chandelier — Good Old Things Wall Mirror — Pottery Barn Briggs Floor Lamp — Ralph Lauren Nolan Loft Floor Lamp — Ralph Lauren Art — Leonor Fini ‘Portrait of a Girl’ Lithograph

ENTRY LOUNGE Cocktail Table — Fendi Casa Arm Chairs — Heritage Collection Round Rug — Bloomingdales Briggs Accent Lamp — Ralph Lauren Crystal Buddha — Baccarat Champagne Glasses — Lalique Serving Tray — Vintage Christofle Art — Francisco Borès Drawing

Name: Devin VanderMaas, her boyfriend Ranga and Chelsea the cat Location: Murray Hill — New York City Size: 775 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, own

Favorite Element: The entryway. Black, white and gold is a favorite color combination of mine. I trust that it will always look good. The Zak and Fox wallpaper I used as inspiration for the lining and packaging of all my handbags.

Tracy is an interior and furniture designer who specializes in kid’s rooms and custom made upholstery. In addition, she has a collection of furniture called Little People, Big Design, which is “high-styled furniture for people with dwarfism or short stature.”

Inspiration: French Vogue, The Great Gatsby, English gardens, American landscapes

What Friends Say: My friends like coming over during the day on weekends because it is so cozy, light and airy. They think that because I work in the fashion industry and am usually overwhelmed by textures and colors all day, I like to come home to clean lines and muted tones. I think they are right.

Biggest Challenge: When we moved in, the bedroom was facing Park Avenue and was very bright and noisy, while the living room and office were in the back of the apartment and were much quieter and darker. We did renovations to swap the rooms and re-position the bedroom closet. We had to take down a concrete wall and re-position the bedroom door, but wanted to salvage the original steel door frames. So we had to get someone to chisel out the steel door frames that were cemented into the wall and then repurpose them on the new wall. We also had to get a steel expert to replicate the original steel door frames to make a mold that matched as an entryway into the office. It was really important to me that we preserve the integrity of the original architecture and design, so we went the extra mile to save as much as we could. Now our living room is bright and vibrant and our bedroom is quiet and cozy. It worked out perfectly.

Biggest Embarrassment: Being a young designer, my resources are limited, so right now my apartment is doubling as my sales and press showroom. I made the space picture perfect for this shoot, but usually my dining room table is covered with bags, leather and hardware and people are coming and going non-stop. It can become quite a mess rather quickly, although I do try to keep my desk organized.

Devin and her boyfriend, Ranga, made some major renovations to their apartment, but it was important to them to preserve the integrity of the unit’s original design, so they went “the extra mile” to salvage what they could, including the original steel door frames, an architectural element that gives the apartment character, as well as being evocative of the building’s bygone era.

When Devin first saw this apartment, it reminded her of The Great Gatsby. Full of charming Art Deco architectural details, this isn’t the dark and dramatic kind of Art Deco style you might be imagining, though. Big windows and Devin’s mastery of a soft, neutral color palette make the small space seem bigger than it is.

Inspiration: I love the romantic idea of Hawaii in the 60s. I’m a sucker for bamboo & barkcloth.

OFFICE Tesso Chrome Desk — CB2 Desk Chair File Cabinet — Alex Drawer Unit – Ikea Chest of Drawers — West Elm Sawyer White Leaning Bookcase — Crate & Barrel Dress Form — Mood Designer Fabrics Purple Rug — Joss & Main New York and Paris Photographs — Roche Bobois

Biggest Indulgence: The Fendi cocktail table and emerald green velvet Heritage chairs.

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