Another day, another Miles Redd-designed New York apartment to flip over, amirite? This awesome home, featured in this month's Veranda Magazine, plays like a list of Miles' greatest hits and I'm not complaining! Let us drool.
This foyer is killer with a triad of MR classic elements: scenic paper, red upholstered double doors with brass nailhead trim, and a graphic black and white painted floor with a faux marble finish. I love how the ochre in the wallpaper ties into the goldenrod walls of the living room beyond.
Saffron yellow living rooms are highly underrated. In a Nancy Lancaster-inpired twist, Redd creates a goldenrod sitting room, filled with Anglo treasures. I am obsessed with Brunnschwig's "Le Lac", seen on the skirted arm chair to the left. And the pair of antique screens add some architectonic detail to an otherwise rather plain room. A teal velvet chesterfield, complete with boullion fringe has a nice counterpoint in the card-table-green skirted round table. And, oh right, a classically Miles (some people have actually begun to use the word "Reddian", but I'm not Redd-y to employ that term) sky blue and Chinese red skirt pelmet and drapes crown the window.
Just when you think you know what's gonna come next with this guy, there's a surprise. I love the contrast of this bright and breathy, contemporary style dining room with the uber trad feeling of the rest of the apartment. Classic pieces like the marble topped Saarinen table, greek key footed console table (I see you pair of white foo dogs on that console!), and Louis XV style chairs upholstered in red leather, make sense with the overall decorative scheme while still giving a counterpoint to the rest of the home.
This master bedroom kills me. I'm dead. I'm blogging from beyond the grave. Someone get Theresa from Long Island Medium. De Gurney wallpaper, Bennison striped linen, a Clarence House floral, and enough silk taffeta to drown someone. Yes yes yes, a thousand times yes.
The balance of distressed white furniture, and handsome dark wood pieces (including that beautiful door) give the room both grounding and a sense of lightness. Even though this is a blue and white bedroom, it sure doesn't read like a blue-and-white-bedroom. This room shows incredible depth without feeling overstuffed.
Is it weird that the young son's room might just be the chicest space in the apartment? The home-y, prep school appeal of blue and white ticking on the walls is elevated by jazzy black piping. The black outline motif is continued in the black framed collection of naval prints. The beautiful, light blue roman shade also gets a some snazzy black trim, in the form of a double greek key detail. Space issues in this tiny room are conquered by a wall-mounted swing arm sconce (instead of a beside lamp), and a burl wood finished telephone table in place of a stand nightstand.
I'm going to be straight with you - Miles is not exactly reinventing the wheel here. There's a lot in this apartment (particularly the foyer, and some other details) that reminds me a lot of his much loved project at 1010 Fifth Avenue. But, hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. What I find most remarkable about this stunning home is although it's decked out in gorgeous treasures, its not very hard to imagine throwing yourself down on that velvet sofa, clad in pjs, to binge on the new Aziz Ansari show on Netflix. Such high couture is very rarely so livable.