Happy Friday y’all!!! Okay, if you don’t know this already I’ve always had a huge crush on New York City!!! I was born in Queens (but moved to NJ, when I was like 3). I always say I’m a New Yorker and the only time I feel like I’m from Jersey is when Bruce sings Jersey Girl. ;) I also have a thing for brownstones. Kevin and I originally talked about doing the brownstone thing and raising our kids in the city, but the suburbs came calling with it’s promise of a driveway and a backyard… We always talk about retiring in the city…hopefully one day…
So I love when I hear about Hollywood Royalty heading back from California to New York. So Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are back and have renovated a gorgeous brownstone in Harlem! It’s been published in March’s Architectural Digest and I might need to pick myself up a hardcopy of this baby, so I can dissect it further. But here is a look:
The ceiling height and that woodwork!! I also like the stairwell gallery wall in a tight arrangement.
Love the bright modern feeling of this room! I love Jonathan Adler chandeliers and this one is no exception. I can see they have had better luck than I had at keeping their fiddle leaf tree alive and there is Annie Lapin’s work again on the right. I love the pops of orange in the room including the small Noah Davis artwork that draws your eye to the back wall. While it’s not my favorite piece in the room, the piece over the mantle was created by Brian Willis, who creates artwork out of wrapping brightly colored thread around thin wood and mounting them. (Fascinating and I know for a fact that I would go out of my mind!!)
I love the furniture placement in this room and the white walls are perfection!
They have 4-year old twins, so there is no way the floors are always that shiny in the kitchen…I’m just sayin’. I love me a waterfall countertop and that Wolf range is amazing!
Okay that chair is adorable and can be yours in multiple colors. My son would love that Flash Gordon lithograph…I mean what boy wouldn’t?
This is quite a cozy family room and office. Neil is very into magic and they both claim to love odd artwork and taxidermy. I think my kids would be terrified to hang out with a weird rat-squirrel-thing-with-wings on the bookshelf, but hey, to each his own. I do love the RH Chesterfield couch and the colorful circus artwork.
I love that Architecural Digest also has a video of Neil and David talking about their home and parenting (they are hysterical). It also features the architect and designer. I found it fascinating to hear the architect talk about the challenges of renovating a brownstone because back in the day people lived in many different rooms. But that you have to be careful opening it up. While you want it to be more open, you have to make conscious breaks or it can look like a long bowling alley. True dat! They talk about working with the clients’ aesthetics to make things like a secret door to a magical office or designing a piece of furniture at the front door with hidden drawers to hold treats for people. I need to get this publication because the quick peek the video gives you of the master and master bath looks awesome!
You can see that video here:
Video: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s Harlem Home
So a welcome back to one cool family to the coolest city ever!
Hopefully this family will tire of their brownstone and the cold winters right at the perfect time of my retirement so Kevin and I can move right in. I’ll probably need to put in an elevator, if there isn’t one already (the one downside of aging in a brownstone).
Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by! – kate
PS I hope you’e all been entering every day…and don’t forget about the deal we made!