When a New Yorker who grew up in a family of collectors purchased a pre-war pied-à-terre on the Upper East Side, it was important for her to select an interior designer who understood how to incorporate her heirlooms… CeCe Barfield Thomas was the perfect fit.
“Many of the pieces in the apartment are from the collection of my client’s Grandfather including all of the art, the porcelain, needlepoint pillows, and many of the antiques,” said CeCe. “It was very important to her that we use her family pieces, not only for their beauty, but more importantly because of the happy memories associated with their previous homes and owners.”
Other thoughtful details were woven throughout the apartment such as adding the client’s horse to the custom de Gournay mural in the dining room. The home owner’s family is based in New York, but she also has homes in Palm Beach and London. She enjoys hosting cocktail parties and dinners to gather her loved ones. For that reason, CeCe included a formal dining room and also made sure the living room was well suited for cocktails.
The living room curtain color was inspired by a period room at a historic Paris house, which is her favorite. The guest bedroom was transformed into a library where she can read and watch television with the daybed serving double duty as seating and as a bed for overnight guests.
The primary bedroom is swathed in Pierre Frey’s “Madame Elisabeth” fabric. “We custom designed mid-century bedside tables and a dressing table, which gave her important antiques in the room a breath of fresh air,” said CeCe. “The end result was feminine but tailored, which was the client’s design directive for the project.”
Photography by Lesley Unruh.
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Love the wine colored glossy walls with the day bed.
The color of the library is so dreamy (coming from someone with a plum-colored sofa in our formal living room) and I love the lacquer.
Appreciate the level of detail in the main bedroom, getting the pattern of the curtain fabric to line up exactly with that covering the walls.
I would love a source for the moss balls in the living room vases. They are perfect. I have two tables, one in my main hallway and one in a balcony of sorts off the upstairs hallway, which need something more than what they currently have. That might do the trick.
Whenever I see fringed green chairs like that, it brings back memories of Susan and John Gutfreund’s epic 80’s apartment on the Île Saint-Louis.
….or maybe the Gutfreund’s apartment was in the 7th arr. Anyway, it was unforgettable 80’s over the top. The one featured here is lovely and low key.