I saw this duplex apartment for sale on Fifth Avenue a few weeks ago and couldn't get it out my head. From the two main bedrooms, which I have seen pictures of before, I'm pretty sure this is Sara Gilbane's work, but please please correct me if I am wrong. I am absolutely enamoured with the totally understated, traditional way in which every room in this apartment is decorated. Such a deft hand, such a light touch, letting the bones of this duplex speak for themselves without added drama. Let's take a look at this charming home!
The paneled entryway welcomes guests with all original wood work and floors, formal Chippendale bench and relaxed kilim runner.
The old school paneled library is done in the same light color palette of the foyer with another worn kilim and killer floral draperies complete with tassel trim. Staunchly avoiding anything dark or too dramatic.
The giant, original, leaded window left to sing in the understated dining room.
The blue and white country style kitchen giving a relaxed, bucolic air to this big city home. Obsessed with the banquette on the far side of the room.
The master bedroom, again a testament to classic, understated taste. With neutral walls that let the lovely blue suzani fabric shine and take nothing away from the view of Central Park. This room is unabashedly old school.
The guest bedroom is more of the cream-blue-red color palette that works so incredibly well throughout this home. More indian textiles, antiques, and a worn kilim continue the good-mannered, English country feel.
Side Note: Little kids rooms in apartments like this kill me. Like I hope you're enjoying 1st grade from Fifth Avenue and 76th Street.
Another guest room and office veers away from the palette in the rest of the home into an English garden of pale pink and green, and a bouquet of lovely florals. Even though the colors are different, the classic understatement of this room is completely in line with the feeling of the rest of the apartment. And I love a tole, floral light fixture.
Yes, I have a flair for the crazy and over-the-top, but this classic apartment on Fifth Avenue shines when left unfussed over. Such an example of how trad is rad. What do you think?