Livin’ Large in a Harlem Brownstone — Architectural Digest Goes Inside the Home of Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

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:

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The ceiling height and that woodwork!!  I also like the stairwell gallery wall in a tight arrangement.

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Okay, I love this room!  The sunlight from those gigantic windows and you know I have a thing for chaises, but that artwork is killer!  I have to read up on the artist, Annie Lapin.

A Jonathan Adler light fixture crowns the living room, where Room & Board sofas are grouped with a high-back chair designed by Powell & Bonnell for Dennis Miller Assoc., Arteriors nesting tables, and a bespoke Trace Lehnhoff cocktail table; the blanket is by Hermès. An artwork by Brian Wills is mounted over the mantel, the small orange painting between the windows is by Noah Davis, and the seascape on the wall at right is by Annie Lapin; the rug is by ABC Carpet & Home.

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!

Holly Hunt pendant lights are suspended above the Caesarstone-top island in the kitchen, which is equipped with a Wolf range and hood.

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!

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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?

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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!

 

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Back to Life, Back to Reality

Back To Life, Back to Reality (Do the rest of you think in really cheesy 80’s lyrics, or is it just me???) 🙂

So I hit send on Michael’s Room reveal post and headed into my favorite city (NYC) for a couple of days because the kids were off of school.  We came back late Saturday to a filthy home, one great bedroom and a crazy amount of love on the world wide web!  Thank you so much for all of your feedback and support!!!  I am still going through all the love and I’m still going through all these amazing rooms.

So back to client work and I found myself researching my local Craigslist.  Of course that turns into hours of passing on things that I or my clients don’t need…so I thought I would show you a couple finds for inspiration or if you are local, please, snag it up!!

RATTAN / BAMBOO DINING SET- GLASS TOP / 4 CHAIRS – $275 (Hackensack, NJ)

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I thought this set was cute.  I love the chairs.  A set of new bold patterned cushions or spray-painting them a bold color would make a big statement.  Pair them with a different table, maybe a game table or tulip table…
You could get this whole set for one of these from Ballard:

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More inspiration:
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Jonathan Adler X-Bench – $400 (Bronx, NY)

Jonathan Adler x bench. Navy blue velvet (Venice Navy). Brand new condition. Retails for $745

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Now I would love a pair of these under a console or at the end of a bed, but one would still look great as an accent piece and additional seating in a living room or maybe at the end of a twin bed in a kid or guest room.

Inspiration:

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Acrylic Lucite Clear Living Room Square Coffee Table – One Piece – $95 (Fort Lee, NJ)

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I have the rectangle CB2 version of this table, but I’ve never seen a large square one with the same waterfall edge.  I love these table, especially in tight spaces because they visually do not crowd the room.

Inspiration:

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Dining Room Table and 10 chairs – McGuire Designer – $10,000 (Cape May, NJ)

This Grand Octagonal Dining Table, designed by John McGuire, features bamboo poles lashed in place with McGuire’s signature rawhide laces. The design has a center support of bundled bamboo. Horizontal bamboo members radiate from the center and join eight inner supports and outer bamboo legs to create this beautiful, geometric form.
The glass 1 inch Octagonal top is beveled without a scratch. The table comfortably seats 8 and the set comes with 10 Rattan Chairs that can be easily customized.
Excellent deal as retail price would be roughly $23,000.00.

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Okay, that’s a lot of money, but I was so intrigued by this (and their awful photos) that I did some digging.  This is a gorgeous set!  It would look spectacular in someone’s beach house (ummm, please invite me for a cocktail!!!), but would really look great with many different styles.  What’s weird is that I found that they have it listed for $7,000 on Ebay??!  I would start negotiations at $5,000 and also look at the condition in person.  Here are some photos and McGuire Furniture’s website.

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Alright, now I’ve got to go find stuff that I and my client’s can use, but your welcome for getting that awesome song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. 🙂

– kate

Brass is Back…and has been (Part One)

We had a great fall weekend full of pumpkins (and pumpkin ice cream), hiking, flag football, apple cider and sewing.

My husband pointed out an article in this weekend’s WSJ Going for the Brass and said I was ahead of the Journal because I’ve been saying that for months.  It’s no secret in the design world that brass is back!  The article of course mentions Kelly Wearstler, Celerie Kemble and Jonathan Adler as leading designers using brass in their designs and product lines.  I agree with Adler in that silver-tone metals are “cool and high-tech” while “brass equals warmth, English clubiness, Moroccan craft and Italian mid-century fantasy…brass has a more colorful past.”  It also pairs nice against natural woods and leather.  I think Nate Burkus could also make the list as an expert in mixing brass with other materials in a design.

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The Journal went on to highlight their top brass choices.   And while they are gorgeous, I thought I would feature some more “attainable” options.

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1. Threshold™ Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart (Target)$129.99

2. Gold Love Sculpture (ABC Carpet & Home) $95

3. Colossal Golden Wishbone (Anthropologie) $58.00

4. Industrial Task Floor Lamp – Black + Brass (West Elm) $179

5. Nate Berkus™ Multiple Taper Candleholder (Target) $19.99

6. Nate Berkus™ Accent Table – Gold and Antiqued Glass (Target) $79.99

7. Threshold™ Stamped Metal Accent Table – Gold (Target) $59.99

8. LOVE Candy Metallic Gold Print (Made By Girl) $37.00

9. Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Catherine Elephant Accant Lamp $50

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This doesn’t begin to even scratch the surface for my love of brass!  In a future post, I will cover finding vintage brass treasures because the patina of older pieces adds so much texture to a room.

In the meantime check out my Brass board on Pinterest.  After reading the article this weekend, I went through my boards and found plenty to create a board with over 350 brass-ilicious pictures and products to inspire you.

See you tomorrow for my update on Kevin’s room!!!!  Also, check out today’s One Room Challenge updates over at Calling It Home.