interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment

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interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment

It’s been a rather hectic week for me. I can’t wait until the weekend to just relax and catch up on some things I’ve been wanting to do around the blog. I wasn’t going to post anything today, but there are times in life when I come across things that are so wonderful, I have to stop whatever I’m doing to share. And that’s exactly what I’m doing.

When you’re successful with a bunch of money living in New York City, you can do a lot of things. Things likecombining five raw apartment spaces to create on gigantic triplex totaling 8,600 square feet, with an additional 5,500 square feet of outdoor space.. kinda things. That’s exactly what entrepreneur, Michael Hirtenstein spent three years doing with architectural designer Thomas Juul-Hansen and decorator, Amy Lau. I cannot get over the dazzling array of luxe surfaces, textiles and fixtures, especially that outdoor space in New York City. My goodness. You can check out the full article over on Architectural Digest, but they were kind enough to share some Design Wisdom if you’re thinking about ever decorating your space like this:

interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment
Work With Scale. Lau tempered the size—and hard edges—of the vast glass-box living room by installing soft, rounded carpets to create more intimate seating areas defined by sensuously curved Vladimir Kagan sofas. The large chandelier helps fill the void overhead.

interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment
interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment
interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment
Make Natural Sections. Boldly patterned wood, richly veined marble, and full-grain leather add visual texture to rooms.

interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment
Step It Up. By opening the stairwell and adding a glass balustrade and backlit risers, along with a three-story cascading light fixture and an eye-catching art piece for the walls, Juul-Hansen and Lau elevated the steps from functional to fantastic.

interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment
interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment
Strike A Balance. Select vintage furnishings complement the apartment’s elegant custom-made pieces while lending a welcome sense of history.

interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment
interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment
interior envy | ultra spectacular new york apartment
Mind the Details. It pays to pay attention to little things like switch plates and outlets. Here, Lau had all of them faux-finished as wood or marble for a seamless look.

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  • Mind blown. The concept for this had to be exciting. As an architect, I would jump at the opportunity to start working on this design and not sleep until it came to life, which was probably an amazing experience in itself. Wow. This place screams luxury. Amazing.

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    • L.

      Yea, reading the article the architect was saying how this was one of his most challenging projects to due — but he was so happy his client pushed him because he made something truly magnificent.

  • Alisha B.

    This is seriously EVERYTHING I could ever dream of in a home! Its beautiful!

    • L.

      Seriously. The outside deck won me over. I need to make some serious $$$ so I can afford to live like this in NYC.

  • I always want to put a couple of units together in my building to make a mega apartment. A girl can dream! This space is absolutely beautiful.

    • I have a friend who actually did that, Angel. It looked really awesome!

    • L.

      That is a dream of mine too. That or buying land & building from scratch. Either way I want a custom home!

  • Although I love big spaces, the things that attracted me the most were the billiard table and walls of glass (so much light!).

    • L.

      That’s one thing I love about New York, all these high rise condos have a plethora of natural light due to the floor to ceiling windows. And that pool table is pretty badass.

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