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June 11, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

New York Design Hunting Guide

New York, of course, is a town of voyeurs. Who hasn’t walked down the street, craning their neck to catch a peek of the impeccably lit brownstone living room with the chic Art Deco club chairs and the perfectly worn antique coffee table? And, wait, is that an original Warhol on the wall? In this, the second edition of New York’s Design Hunting, our resident design maven, Wendy Goodman, takes you inside a fabulous, and fabulously diverse, collection of gawk-worthy New York City homes. Ogle restaurateur Andrew Tarlow’s six-bedroom Fort Greene townhouse or the breathtaking solarium one family tacked on to their Union Square loft. Check out a super-sleek West Village duplex with soaring windows, two eye-popping tree houses in Southampton, and a stunning bathing suite in Clinton Hill. You’ll also find our exhaustive, and newly updated, guide to the city’s best interior designers, painters, plumbers, home organizers, hardware stores, carpet cleaners, and antiques shops. Whether you’re seeking a vicarious thrill, inspiration for your own home, or just a really great electrician, you’ll find it here.
On the Cover: Cerruti Baleri Louis XV Goes to Sparta chair, $6,930 at M2L, 135 Madison Ave., nr. 32nd St., second fl.; 212-832-8222. Photograph by Victor Prado/New York Magazine.


My Favorite Things

Looking for Guatemalan table linens? New floor boards? A yellow stove? Here’s where some of the city’s top tastemakers find everything for their home.

Then: Sutton Place

In 1972, the interior designer Valerian Rybar was the mastermind behind the world’s most glamorous homes. His Sutton Place apartment was no exception.

The Hunt

Everything new, notable, and insanely desirable.

Guess Who Lived Here ...

Hint: Newlyweds Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller were guests of the tenant, whose face appeared on a U.S. postage stamp in 1966.

I Just ...

... Designed the Ultimate Live-Work Studio

Johanna Burke’s South Williamsburg loft with a view.

... Re-Created a Scottish Cottage in Our One-Bedroom Rental

Angela McCluskey and Paul Cantelon’s Greenwich Village (by way of Glasgow) garden apartment.

… Turned a Carriage House Into an Airy Bungalow

Erika Schroeder and Al Verik’s Clinton Hill sanctuary.

Who Did That?

A Two-Story Family Home in the West Village

”The experience of the house should be one of discovery—everything isn’t given away all at once.”

A Nineteenth-Century Duplex in Brooklyn Heights

“I’d been to Brooklyn Heights maybe five times in my whole life.”

A Loft on Union Square

“It radically reduces stress.”

Ask the Experts

The Wallpaper Artist

“Follow your gut. If there’s something you respond to at first, go for it or order a sample and live with it for a few days.”

The Custom Framer

“Think about the context of the room. Are you looking to make a strong visual impression or is the frame more about protection?”

The Space Saver

“If it’s small, it’s always going to be small, but you can make it better proportioned.”

The Feng Shui Consultant

“Eliminate clutter. Don’t just put it away, get rid of it entirely.”

The Lighting Wiz

“I’m all for lighting that creates an overall atmosphere as opposed to task-oriented lighting.”

Sleep, Eat, Soak, and ...

The Bedroom

A peek inside one West Villager’s master suite.

The Kitchen

For this gut renovation in midtown, the butler’s sleeping loft was the first thing to go.

The Bathroom

Jessica Warren’s hopes of having an outdoor bath were dashed when she and her husband bought their Clinton Hill townhouse. But then she enlisted architect Kimberly Neuhaus to create the next best thing—a luxurious bathing room.

The Climb

Two tree houses. One super-awesome backyard.

Great Rooms

Back to Basics

Restaurateur Andrew Tarlow and family are the newest inhabitants of a 150-year-old home in Fort Greene.

Downsized, But Uplifted

A move to a smaller apartment meant James Aguiar and Mark Haldeman had to get creative.

Visitors Welcome

A second home where children and grandchildren are lovingly accommodated.

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