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 like… combining 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:
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.
Make Natural Sections. Boldly patterned wood, richly veined marble, and full-grain leather add visual texture to rooms.
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.
Strike A Balance. Select vintage furnishings complement the apartment’s elegant custom-made pieces while lending a welcome sense of history.
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.