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entry’s gracefully curved staircase.Original plaster moldings were recreated, the white-oak floors were refinished, and outdated systems were brought up to code.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 stripes somewhere.”
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.
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.
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?