A sassy sense of style runs through the two individualistic home designs that we tour here. Our first intriguing home tour takes place in a meticulous restoration of a large 5-bedroom townhouse, which features beautifully restored woodwork, custom details and around 8,000 square feet of light-filled interiors. Colourful artwork and an eclectic furniture collection shape living spaces that draw the eye and excite the mind. The second home design we visit is a loft, located in the historic Gilsey House building in the NoMad neighbourhood of Manhattan. Industrial features hark to its history, whilst bold art pieces, colourful accents and a bespoke staircase design make the loft into a marvellously modern and uplifting home.
Led by award-winning architect, Jeffery Povero of Povero&Company, this 20ft wide single-family townhouse renovation includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms and immaculately rejuvenated living spaces. Colourful wall art brings the light-flooded lounge to life. Bright scatter cushions and throws colour the sofas, whilst a large area rug adds texture to the floor.
The glorious wooden staircase has been restored, bringing rich warmth to each floor of the townhouse. In the dining room, a multicoloured rug adds a bright contemporary touch by the classic woodwork. A modern dining room chandelier fills the fresh white ceiling space.
The townhouse boasts an interior of approximately 8,000 square feet. An enormous kitchen is blessed with an impressive central island that doubles as a casual dining/breakfast spot.
Industrial style kitchen bar stools line up beneath the clean white corian countertop. Five elegant pendant lights meander above the length of the island.
Grey and white framed kitchen cabinets build a custom look. Two side-by-side 6-burner Wolf ranges and a farmhouse sink place focal points in the arrangement. One small doorway leads into an oversized pantry, whilst French doors lead onto an intimate balcony with a grill and outdoor dining bar that overlooks 5th Avenue.
The entryway features more exquisite woodworking and original dark-wood wainscoting, beneath impressive 12ft high ceilings.
An eclectic furniture collection builds a sophisticated look.
In the corner, a librarian ladder climbs the book stacks. An elegant chair and side table fashion a cosy reading nook.
In the back parlour lounge, wise monkey figurines top a vintage bar that was sourced from an old hotel.
The bar was restored and fitted with new appliances, electrics and plumbing.
The top floor of the five story townhouse contains three of the bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room and a “hidden” office.
A production office is located on the garden level of the home. Streamlined desks, exposed brickwork and industrial style lighting gives this space its own distinctive character from the house.
The property also boasts its own ten seat home theatre.
String lights add a magical twinkle up on the fully furnished roof deck.
A dining area is partially shaded under a wood pergola, whilst the outdoor sofa and chairs bask in the sun.
A Jacuzzi bubbles in a rooftop hideaway.
A second bedroom harbours a quirky zoo of ceramic animal heads across the TV wall.
The master bathroom features a double sink bathroom vanity with a luxe Nero Marquina marble countertop.
A custom walk-in closet offers a plethora of clothing and accessory storage options.
2036 Fifth Avenue is located just one block from 125th Street, a vibrant boulevard lined with restaurants and shops.
Architect: Worrell Yeung
We travel next to an apartment located in the historic Gilsey House building, in the NoMad neighbourhood of Manhattan.
During this remodel, all existing walls were removed to highlight the historic windows, original moulding, and steel structure. Now natural sunlight hits clean white walls and vibrant artwork at every turn.
A light grey kitchen provides gentle contrast against the white backdrop.
Henry Le Monnier’s Source Verdier, 1931, makes an eye-catching addition above the stove and a stunning marble backsplash.
A small shelf is integrated into the dramatic marble slab.
The exposed steel structure of the building creates a cool industrial vibe.
A built-in bookcase rises in front of the stairs, creating one connected wooden volume within the open layout.
Sections of the bookcase remain backless to let light and visuals flow through.
The custom staircase design melds smoothly with the bookshelves.
Decorative items break up the book collection.
Bright wall art fashions areas of interest as we move through the loft.
Reclaimed wood doors were salvaged and refurbished to create historical interludes within the minimalistic decor scheme.
Exposed pipes continue the industrial thread throughout the loft, sometimes colourfully highlighted in a playful pink finish.
A home workspace has been created with a bespoke black marble desktop and a lively gallery wall.
Another custom-built bookcase and staircase combo build a cool kid’s space.
This time, cheerful turquoise paintwork colours the shelves and treads. Ash wood floors brighten the space.
A wild black and white decor scheme brings the family bathroom to life. Bold yellow bathroom fixtures further accentuate the fabulous concept.
The floor plan demonstrates how the master bathroom runs off the long dressing area of the master suite. The child’s room has access to the family bathroom just opposite, by the stairs.
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