Nifty and Nice on 96th Street

Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel for something to be lovely. This classic 6 on East 96th Street on the Upper East Side made me smile as soon as I came across it. The spiffy stripes, the bright turquoise, the crisp millwork, the clean-lined traditional furniture -- everything about this cheery home is a prep classic.

The grey and white striped walls add height and a nice upward movement to a typically Manhattanite longitudinal foyer. Love the Greek key rug in the same neutral palette. The pop of turquoise from the lamps is lovely, white the built-in shelving is unusual, but still a cute spot to place fun accessories.

Any blue room is a good room as far as I'm concerned and this dreamy shade of sky blue is perfectly peppy and poised in this living room. I like how the cranberry porcelain lamps tie into the throw pillows and the set of leather bound books in the left bookcase. PS I see you zebra upholstered chair in the back right corner.

Glossy turquoise dining room? Yes, please! A Greek key style sisal rug is always a fresh choice and the square back chairs upholstered in a dark chocolate velvet give a cushy warmth against the sleek walls.

I must admit, there's something a little mismatched about the furniture in this apartment. It could be that the home is either being staged for sale with some furniture that doesn't belong there because the owners have already moved or there's just a waspy mix of pieces that have been schlepped out from various family members and other homes. Regardless, this Upper East Side home is a preppy, youthful, happy spot.