A Luxe and Livable NYC Apartment

17 Sep

One of my first magazine internship’s was in the Special Events Department at Seventeen magazine. One experience I remembered from the semester was meeting a then-15-year-old Ivanka Trump who was speaking at a charity event that Seventeen was hosting. I spoke to her backstage and calmed her down before she went out to speak (ya know, cause I was so wise at age 23 or something like that). I remember her being very eloquent and composed on stage and that’s quite a feat for such a young girl. Say what you want about her parents, but they did something right with the way they raised her.

So, I was really excited to see her grown-up New York City apartment in ELLE Decor this month. For someone who has had money coming out of her ears since she was born, the apartment is very real and very livable. Of course, there are priceless furnishings but it still looks like a place that any young family would be comfortable in. In fact, Ivanka states in the article, “I want a home where kids can live happily and my husband can put his feet on the table or lie on the sofa and watch TV and not be worried. Nothing should be so precious that you can’t use it.” Well said, Ivanka. Let’s take a look.

The most dreamy, modern space is certainly the dining room which features a Lindsey Adelman light fixture.

But the room I’m most smitten with is Ivanka’s den with it’s linen covered sectional, custom cocktail table, prints by John Baldessari (that I just saw in the newly redecorated J Crew offices) and that perfect paint color, Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore.

And check out that amazing blue lacquered table –  designed by the apartment’s decorator Kelly Behun  – that sits behind the sectional. With those Eames chairs, it’s the perfect his and hers “office”. (Plus, the beautifully styled bookshelves look like they could be in any number of homes across the country.)

The living room is so cool and moody. And that light fixture is perfection! I love the combo of gold and brass with gray. It’s sort of “off” but it still looks great. (It makes me feel better about my gold DIY painting in my gray dining room because I’ve been feeling like it looks a little “off”, too!) And that fiddle leaf ficus keeps it from looking too stark.

The master bedroom is creamy and clean. And those side tables (another Behun design) are ebonized wood and shagreen. And since I pretty much die over anything with shagreen, you might want to call a paramedic.

For more pictures of this gorgeous family home including the sweet nursery (with a wallpapered ceiling!) and the dreamy foyer with a driftwood and mirrored table!), look for ELLE Decor on newsstands now. Vive magazines!

All images via Elle Decor by Eric Pasecki.


Sue at Home


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