Last week, I featured a beautiful, Palm Beach Chic Florida town house, decorated by one of my favorite designers, Ashley Whittaker… I am completely obsessed with her entire portfolio! And I’m absolutely in love with this elegant Park Avenue duplex, featured in the May 2013 issue of New York Spaces. Ashley was commissioned to help architect Tom Felton breathe new life into the 4,000-square-foot home, which was in need of a complete gut-renovation.
The Park Avenue duplex was built in 1927 by James E.R. Carpenter – one of the most respected architects of prewar luxury apartments on New York’s Upper East Side. Ashley and Felton made every effort to respect and authentically reproduce Carpenter’s original vision, painstakingly restoring everything from the wood-burning fireplaces to the circular entry’s gracefully curved staircase. Original plaster moldings were recreated, the white-oak floors were refinished, and outdated systems were brought up to code.
With the interior’s classical lines
and dramatic proportions as a starting point, Ashley used her artist’s eye for color, pattern, and detail to bring every room squarely into the 21st century. “The bright, bold colors and
playful patterns are a nod to the fact that a young family lives here,” she said. “Every home needs some blue-and-white ceramics and tiger
Captions below via New York Spaces…
Architect Tom Felton rebuilt a modifed version of the circular entry
hall’s sweeping staircase, a distinctive feature of the circa-1927 J.E.R.
Carpenter interior. The Charles Edwards pagoda-shaped lantern plays off the hand-painted
Chinoiserie-inspired wallpaper from Gracie Studio. Sconces, Chameleon Antiques.
Stair runner, Stark.
doorways bring architectural elegance to a hallway designed for large-scale entertaining.
Starburst mirror, John Rosselli & Associates. Custom faux-marble-top console,
F.P. Victoria & Son. Ceramic garden stools, William Wayne. Soane lamps.
library’s rich palette of cognac, deep brown, gold, and green. The
custom-colored David Hicks-pattern rug, printed-linen window shades, zebra
stool, and patterned loveseat remain anchored in the calm environment created
by the brown-lacquered cabinetry.
hard to give him up,” she admited. “But he was perfect for the room.”
the pattern appears in the Stark velvet that covers the living-room ottomans. The
slipper chairs are upholstered in an aqua Lee Jofa ikat. Loveseat pillow fabric,
Manuel Canovas. Amethyst hurricanes, Treillage. Blue-and-white ginger jar lamp,
Two shades of blue combine in the Holland & Sherry silk curtains that
frame the living-room windows. More blues appear in the Groves Brothers pillow
fabric, on the custom chaise; the blue-and-white ceramics in the pedimented
cabinet (designed by architect Tom Felton and made in New York); the Besselink
& Jones sconce shades; and on the strié-patterned walls. Merida Meridian
the new casement window. Photograph on wall, Ellen Morton.
lined with strié-patterned linen.
Jerry Pair table seats 10; the John Rosselli chairs are covered in leather and
Quadrille silk in Meloire.
glamour at the library’s new built-in, mahogany-and-glass bar.
The curtain and bed hanging fabric are also Bennison.
fabric, Quadrille. Bedding, Leontine Linens.
jewelbox-like powder room. Black-lacquer vanity by architect Tom Felton.
Isn’t this posh Park Avenue pad a complete dream? I could move right in! Unfortunately I missed my opportunity… This primo address recently sold. Let’s take a sneak peek at the MLS pics! I always love comparing realtor’s pictures with those featured in shelter magazines, don’t you?