A Glamorous Pied-à-Terre by Cece Barfield Thompson

Everyone loves a dramatic before and after reveal, and today’s home tour is a jaw-dropping transformation.  CeCe Barfield Thompson created a sophisticated and glamorous New York City pied-à-terre for her client, a former Miss America who lives in Los Angeles. The 2,000 square foot corner apartment overlooks Central Park and Fifth Avenue. CeCe created a fresh, modern space that could showcase the owner’s antique collection and frame the spectacular views.

The living room is a peaceful and feminine space. The room’s restrained palette is a favorite of the client, and the furnishings include collected Louis XVI antiques complemented by a range of modern elements. The walls are Venetian plaster by Artgroove, and the ceiling is lacquered in a custom blush. All curtains are Larsen. CeCe mirrored the window casings to enhance the views — an old Albert Hadley trick via Bunny Williams (CeCe’s former boss). Indoor-outdoor fabrics were used wherever possible, including the custom Perennial curtain liners, to protect from the abundant Eastern and Southern exposure.  The flower photograph is by Paul Launge.
Living room sofas by A. Schneller and Nancy Corzine. Chairs by Jan Showers and Ebanista. Stark rug. Abstract painting by Ron Genereux. In addition to client’s own pieces, antiques sourced from The Antique and Artisan Gallery and Bunny Williams Home Showroom. Pottery is from The End of History and Jamali.
Octagonal mirror from Century
Dining room table, dining chairs and side tables by Ebanista. Various accessories throughout the room sourced at Bergdorf Goodman, 1st Dibs at 200 Lexington, Balsamo and Etsy.
Abstract black and white painting from BK Antiques. Lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller.
The foyer creates a clear break from the hotel’s aesthetic while maintaining a feeling of grandeur upon entry. CeCe achieved this with Gracie wallpaper and a custom marble floor of her own design. Custom painted baseboard marbleized to match floor by Artgroove. CeCe also created a custom Harmon hinge door vestibule to connect the entry with the rest of the apartment. This central plan held architectural benefits for the surrounding rooms, including additional closet space in the master bedroom, as well as paneled openings to the living room, kitchen, library and guest room.
Master bedroom wallpaper is raw silk by Cowtan & Tout. Stark carpet.
The floral embroidered curtain and canopy fabric is by Cowtan & Tout. Custom bed by Louis J. Solomon in a Claremont Fabric. Canopy liner is Raoul. Bedding from E.Braun.
Chairs are A. Rudin in a Clarence House fabric with Houles trim. Custom mirrored side tables. Bedside lamps are antique jars sourced from 1stDibs and then mounted on gilt bases. Dressing room chair from Ballard Design with trim from Houles.
The client’s master bathroom is finished in tones of beige, cream and pink, and CeCe designed the custom vanities. The mosaic floor is Akdo Tile, with wallpaper from Sonia’s Place. Sconces from Vaughan. Custom towels by Matouk.
CeCe transformed the former dining room into a wood paneled library. The warm and inviting space creates a contrast with the lighter-toned formal living room. The ceiling light is Panache. Carpet is Stark. All upholstery is A. Schneller. Fabrics from Lelieve, Nancy Corzine, Cowtan & Tout, Kravet, and Fortuny. Coffee table is Niermann Weeks and the sconces are Vaughan.
The antique mirror conceals a television. The bolection mantle was designed by CeCe. It holds a Hearth Cabinet fireplace.

The library vestibule features a damask wallpaper from Twigs. Ceiling light by Vaughan. 1950s sideboard from Carl Moore Antiques in Houston. Lamps by Circa Lighting. Urn in Royal Copenhagen from End of History. Mirror is Jan Showers.
The kitchen was gut-renovated. Oak cabinetry was installed to formalize the space and to create the feeling of butler’s pantry. The wood is the same species and stain as the library creating a coherent design.
The serene guest room features blue and white wool curtain and canopy fabric from Clarence House and trim from Samuel and Sons. Stark carpet. Custom designed tables by CeCe.
The guest bath features wallpaper by Carlton V. Sconces by Vaughan.

And now for the before pictures!

Exclusive to The Glam Pad

Wow, what a magical transformation!! This apartment is simply breathtaking, CeCe did an amazing job! To learn more about her work, please visit CeCe Barfield, Inc. and follow @cecebarfieldthompson on Instagram for updates.  You can read my interview and Style Profile featuring CeCe here.


  1. This is a really lovely space. Thanks for the before pics- they really tell the story of the transformation.
    No wonder New Yorkers eat out or order delivery. We are spoiled with our big kitchens!

  2. The space is beautiful, I am so glad Cece shared the before photos. I look forward to seeing more houses from her in the future. Add another great talent to come out of Bunny Williams’ office.

  3. Wow!!! Stunning transformation! Absolutely beautiful. I’m in love with that Cowtan & Tout floral fabric in the bedroom. Fabric envy!


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