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Celebrity Homes: Keri Russell’s Brooklyn Brownstone

Actress Keri Russell, best known for the series from a few years back called Felicity, (I was an heart-stopping fan!), and her husband Shane Deary purchased this 1860s brownstone that needed a ton of work.  Luckily, Deary is the son of a most respected contractor in Martha’s Vineyard, and an avid carpenter himself. The two, who live here with their young son, renovated the Brooklyn find themselves with lovely results.

Above, the living room features linen upholstered chairs by designers Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. The rug is from Shaw. Tufted ottoman, which I love, is from John Derian Dry Goods.  Chandelier, from Ochre.

The kitchen cabinets are stained in dark expresso and hand built from wood beams. Russell and Deary go American with the best appliances around; Sub-Zero frige and Viking range. Note the cool drop light fixture by Rejuvenation.

Dining area has original pine floors. The wire chairs around the pine table are fro ABC Carpet & Home.

Gorgeous bath room area features a claw foot tub by Victoria+Albert.

Love the simplicity and uniqueness of the master bedroom. Matteo bedding and fabric headboard.  Ikea sheepskin rug. Benjamin Moore paint in Stone Hearth on walls adds a soft touch to bring out the trim. And of course I love the antique chandelier.

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Article via: Elle Decor Magazine

Frank Sinatra Slept Here

I’m always searching for an interesting celebrity (alive or dead it seems) apartment for an article, and couldn’t resist presenting this find…The fascinating old penthouse on East 72nd Street in New York, formerly owned by Old Blue Eyes himself!  photo credits: Evan Sung for The New York Times

The apartment is being sold by Denton Cox, Sinatra’s former doctor. It was kept pretty much like Sinatra designed it, as you can see in the 60s style kitchen. It was being renovated by the owner, but was never finished.

The closet with original wall paper…still looks pretty good.

Looks like the entrance…

A 2000 square foot terrace on two levels  with a conservatory graces this penthouse. Needs a lot of work. I couldn’t find a price. Curious.

Article via: The New York Times

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Creative Bookshelves

If you’re anything like me, when you move into your new apartment one of the main things you have to content with are the numerous and bicep inducing heavy boxes of books that you have to move.  And then comes the most heart stopping question:  Where will I put them?

If your new apartment doesn’t have built-in books shelves, like this one in a Soho loft, then you may face some decisions on how to design a nice space to store your books, CDs, and DVDs.  I scouted around and found some lovely options that are both creative and expressive.  A lot of shelf design options can be built yourself, if you have some wood working skills, but otherwise going for a unique shelf in your living space can work as a storage area as well as an artistic feature.

This bookshelf unit, believe it or not, is made of cardboard, as well as the following one:

I couldn’t help but be inspired by this circular design, especially with the spiral working in it. And, they are environmentally friendly. Design by Giles Miller who makes unique cardboard products.

Don’t forget to look for the unusual.  This Quasi-hexagonal bookcase is a great example of design and modern thinking.  I love the way the books kind of fall into a mad-cap arrangement in these odd shaped spaces, giving the piece a neat yet artistic feel. This bookcase was designed by Sean Yoo and is made of polypropylene – uh, the stuff that the bumper of your car is made of, which makes this book shelf quite durable and ready for action.

Shelving with a modern vibe: These Tangram Bookshelves come in 7 pieces that you can arrange in your design preference.  Bring your imagination to the table, or in this case the wall! Here, I like what looks like a cat in the upper right, and the tie figure in the lower right (blue).  The top left looks like a waiter to me… check out Like Cool for info on these shelves.

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Romantic Apartments from Around the World

Love the simplicity and homey feel of this romantic apartment in Venice that overlooks the Grand Canal.  via: Venice Apartments.org

The marble…the furniture….the flowers….all speak of romance….found in this luxury condo in Vallejo, California.  via: American home guides.

My favorite in this selection….a Paris apartment found on writer Claudia Strasser’s blog The Paris Apartment.

A cool, luxury London flat that feel comfortable and romantic. via: HouseTrip.com

Simply romantic…this New York City apartment bedroom with simple tones and comfort. (Okay, so the anchors may not speak romance here, but we still like it!) via: House Beautiful

Alexis Stewart’s Tribeca Loft

Alexis Stewart, daughter of home-decorating giant, Martha Stewart, is selling her Tribeca loft.  This breath-taking minimalist domain is on the market for the lowered price of $9.5 milliion.  With 4,000 square feet of living space, one could move about freely.  The openness, the clean white surfaces, and the solarium ceiling in the living room keeps the space feeling fresh and renewed.

Source: Luxist.com article by Deidre Woollard.

A Lovely City Escape

Suzanne Rheinstein is a Los Angeles based designer and proprietor of Hollyhock.  While always based on the west coast, Suzanne “for decades pined for a proper Manhattan apartment.”

“We adore our house in L.A.,” she says. “It’s very forgiving and full of wonderful family treasures. But for New York, I wanted something a little more city, a little more stylized. And I wanted the palette to be a little more calm.”

What we love: The Louis XVI mirror found at an auction with the 18th century French Provincial columns.  The iron beds by Hollyhock with cotton-silk canopies and curtains.  The Italian (left) and French side tables add interest.

Source: Elle Decor

Modern Inspiration

Fashion designer Donna Karan’s Central Park West apartment is “zen modern” inspiration.

“My home celebrates my family and friends, art and culture, and it holds the memories that are a part of who I am,” says Donna Karan.

Ms. Karan’s fall fashion is predominantly black which we see as a reflection of her sleek black and white interior space.

What we love:  The use of photography are, framed, standing in wide curtain-less windows in dining room and bath, the ladder towel rack in last photo, large artworks that practically span entire walls, and large cushioned window seats.

Via: Habitually Chic

Gwyneth’s Manhattan Loft

Oscar winning actress, Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Tribeca loft is softly inspiring. Filled with marble and chic design, it is romantic, yet has a sense of not being too “pretty”, comfortable to both sexes. Her fab kitchen was featured in the August issue of Vogue this past summer, where she shared her cooking stories and promoted her new cook book, due out in the spring.

This lush apartment was designed by Roman and Williams. Here we have more photos from Curbed.com and TheHappyHomeBlog.

The living room swing couch…gorgeous!

Apple’s bedroom.

The kitchen….love the marble, the soft curtain panels over french windows.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Vogue magazine, August 2010 issue. Photo: Mario Testino.

Via: My Luscious Life

Ralph Lauren’s open space…

Ralph Lauren’ recently renovated Fifth Avenue duplex, where he and his wife Ricky live, is chic and minimalist. Lauren was motivated by the idea: “simple, almost primitive desire for clean, open space.”

“The changes were subtle, but important,” he says. “They really modernize the apartment.” These “subtle” changes involved completely gutting the space and starting from scratch. The renovations were so intense that Ralph, laughingly admits that he had to go to the hospital for two days to rest.

The well known designer’s routine: …“to come home, have dinner, and watch TV. In the mornings he works out in his “nice playroom,” the gym located off the kitchen.  “This apartment was not made for entertaining–though we certainly have entertained here,” he says. “It was made for a more private life.”
“It’s exactly what we needed as an escape from our hectic lives.”

What we love about Ralph Lauren’s loft: the bookshelves with stacked instead of lined books and magazines, the clean white walls, unique art (note the Batman painting above), the black carpeting with red highlights in chairs and decor. And, we love that the style icon comes home, has dinner, and watches Tv. Sound familiar?

Photos: William Abranowicz for Elle Decor
Article source: Elle Decor



Going Pink?


A pink apartment?
Betsy Johnson, eccentric fashion designer managed to do it with style, no surprise here. This Greenwich Village, New York, penthouse was designed with girls in mind of course, but we can all get some design inspiration here. Who’s afraid of pink shag carpeting?  This open-plan living space features emblazoned floors, two bedrooms, and is 1,600 square feet, plus a floating staircase that leads up to a private deck on the roof.

What we love, besides Betsy herself, is the velvet chaise, the chrome kitchen with pink walls (we don’t even feel like it was a Peptol Bismal explosion), the glass block wall behind the drop down staircase, and the artwork. Fashionable, free-spirited, and did we mention, pink?