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 Original plaster moldings were recreated, the white-oak floors were refinished, and outdated systems were brought up to code.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 stripes somewhere.”
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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.
An inlaid Greek key floor border, paneled wainscoting, and rebuilt arched 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.
A Peter Beard photograph (on the wall behind the green sofa) inspired the 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.
Ashley found the lion in a Millbrook, New York, antiques shop. “It was hard to give him up,” she admited. “But he was perfect for the room.”
“Every interior needs tiger stripes somewhere,” said Ashley. Here, 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, Vaughan Designs.
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 carpet.
A Holland & Sherry print with matte vinyl finish covers the kitchen banquette, situated near the new casement window. Photograph on wall, Ellen Morton.
In the butler’s pantry, statuary marble tops blue-lacquered cabinets lined with strié-patterned linen.
Decorative floors and lacquered walls as glossy as candy apples create a dramatic backdrop in the dining room. Art, Melinda Hackett. The Jerry Pair table seats 10; the John Rosselli chairs are covered in leather and Quadrille silk in Meloire.
Burnished-gold tortoiseshell wallpaper from Schumacher adds a note of glamour at the library’s new built-in, mahogany-and-glass bar.
The master-bedroom walls are upholstered in Bennison’s Kasumi pattern. The curtain and bed hanging fabric are also Bennison.
Yellow grasscloth brightens the walls of a boy’s room. Curtain and bed fabric, Quadrille. Bedding, Leontine Linens.
Floral Carolina Irving fabric from John Rosselli lines the walls of a 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?
This is seriously my all-time favorite entryway ever... It is positively stunning.
So if you could live either in this elegant Park Avenue duplex or the Palm Beach Chic Florida town house Ashley decorated, which one would you choose? Which is more your style?