This summer in Newport I was delighted to meet designers Thomas Burak and Michael Devine. I follow both Thomas and Michael on Instagram, and it was such fun meeting them in person… and it was a veritable feast for the eyes to see their exquisite New York apartment featured in the September issue of Traditional Home! Named one of America’s 100 best party hosts by The Salonniere 100, Michael’s book, An Invitation to the Garden, is a favorite. He also has a beautiful line of hand painted fabrics, hand painted Limoges dinnerware, and a recently launched wallpaper collection.
The couple’s 1908 apartment, which showcases breathtaking views of Gramercy Park, the Empire State Building, and the New York Life Building, represents their decorating philosophy – “More is more, less is a bore.” It is filled with classic furnishings and antiques collected from frequent travels to Europe. In fact, there are only four pieces of new furniture in their home – a sofa, bed, banquette, and coffee table. “Antiques bring warmth and character that new furniture just doesn’t,” said Thomas. I couldn’t agree more! The apartment also exemplifies their love for beautiful textiles and trims. “I’m very detail-oriented,” Thomas said. “There’s trim on all our upholstery. It adds a custom look to everything.” Let’s take a look inside this richly layered home… Photography by Brittany Ambridge, text by Mara Boo, and production by Tori Mellott for Traditional Home.
To read this entire feature, please visit Traditional Home. And for more on the designers, visit michaeldevineltd.com and thomasburak.com. You will also want to follow Thomas and Michael on Instagram, especially now with Christmas coming… Their holiday decor is positively “devine”!