Architectural Digest

NYC- WILL KOPELMAN’S HOME

Art Adviser- Will Kopelman enlisted architect Gil Schafer of G. P. Schafer Architect to help him realize his vision for his four- bedroom duplex on Park Avenue.  Prior to enlisting Shafer’s help to reconfigure the duplex into an expansive family zone, the formal dining room, cramped kitchen, butler’s pantry, and laundry room  were organized into smaller rooms. “It was a rabbit warren,” Schafer notes, “totally opposite to the way families live today.”

“I wanted to make the kitchen the centerpiece,” Kopelman continues. “It’s where I make the girls breakfast in the morning and cook their dinner at night. It’s where we watch our movies, and it’s where I do a lot of work, right at the dining table. I wanted a space that could handle all of that.

In the multi-family zone between living rooms there are large steel-and-glass doors that were installed to allow light into the entry way but to also keep sound travel to the rest of the apartment.

FOYERLIVING ROOMLIVING ROOM 2LIVING ROOM 5A 15-foot-long 17th-century tapestry depicting the coronation of Charlemagne that Kopelman snagged at auction in London before realizing it was too fragile to be unmounted and rolled up and so had to be crated flat for shipping and then craned in through the windows of the 10th-floor duplex.

LIVING ROOM 1A 1977 Triumph Bonneville 750 motorcycle stands like a sculpture in one corner. “When I had my children, I decided I didn’t want to ride anymore, but I didn’t want to sell it—it came off the production line the same year I was born!—so there it sits.”

KITCHEN 1KITCHENThere’s plenty of storage, including a cupboard specially designed to hold cereal boxes at kid-friendly height and a built-in wine cellar for the grown-ups. “I wanted to make the kitchen the centerpiece,” Kopelman continues. “It’s where I make the girls breakfast in the morning and cook their dinner at night. It’s where we watch our movies, and it’s where I do a lot of work, right at the dining table. I wanted a space that could handle all of that.

BEDROOMThe master bedroom is swathed in a custom hand-painted wallpaper by Gracie. Bed by RH; bedding by Ralph Lauren Home.

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STOCKHOLM- MIXES HOME

Jeanette and Husband Harald Mix own the famed Ett Hem Hotel (means at home) in Stockholm, Sweden. They also own a mansion just down the street from Ett Hem which was completed in 1916 and that the Mixes have been living in since 2002.

Ett Hem was designed by Iles Crawford.

“The process of doing the hotel made Jeanette realize that she had to circle back and look at her own place, but they only really used the kitchen and sometimes the library. Then everybody went up to the bedrooms, which were arranged like apartments. Is that fair?” says Crawford.“When spaces aren’t used, they die,” says Kirsten James, lead designer on the Mix commission.

“In the end we are, most of us, drawn to be together,” Crawford insists. Plus, she continues, “This period of Swedish architecture was the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, when the idea of domestic life was considered to be the pinnacle of culture.”

James and Crawford’s challenge: How could they retrain an imposing mansion to become an inviting home—all the while preserving the elements that made it special, such as the lacy plasterwork, noble mantels, and soigné paneling that Stockholm architect Isak Gustaf Clason conceived for the original owners, collectors Elin and Bengt Johansson, as well as his gala chandelier.

Psychotherapy helps. “We really interrogate clients,” Crawford explains. “What would she do in her study? Are the kids going to come in here? How are they going to sit? When are they going to use it? What if someone needs to step out and make a phone call?” That analytical deep dive captivated Jeanette, a trained sommelier and skilled cook. “It was an intellectual journey where I learned so much about myself,” she recalls. “Ilse knew all my values and all my morals: I had to trust her.”

That meant agreeing to Crawford’s radical suggestion to relocate the kitchen, from a distant corner of the main floor to the lovely but lonely drawing room.

What had been the kitchen is now a dayroom with a mix-master blend of furnishings—including antiques once owned by the Johanssons that Jeanette stealthily tracks down because “they belong in the house”—furry throws, and tall potted plants. The library is now darkly painted, so it beckons from the pale neighboring spaces and vice versa, and the original dining room has been transformed into Jeanette’s study. On the upper floors, the warren of bedrooms has been streamlined and equipped with marble baths. Also, Crawford cannily adds, none of the young Mixes’ bedrooms is “so palatial that they would only hang out there—and that’s intentional.”

Which, in the end, is all Jeanette Mix wanted: a house in which connections are encouraged and amplified. “Thank God our paths crossed ten years ago,” she says of Crawford. “It’s nice to be home.”

(Excerpts from Architectural Digest Article)

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DREAM BROOKLYN ROW HOME

You know how there are just some people who are born with amazing talent. Well, Athena Calderone just so happens to be one of those amazing people. It seems that everything she touches turns to gold. It is appropriate that her life style brand is called EYE SWOON , she has a true visual talent. I have been following her since the beginning of  her career and have enjoyed seeing her blossom throughout the years. Athena has a cookbook ‘Cook Beautiful’ which I recommend checking-out. Every recipe that I have attempted from it has been met with nothing but high praise. A few years ago, she and her husband purchased a row home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn NYC. For three years it was under construction and the Calderone’s just recently unveiled their masterpiece in Architectural Digest.  They enlisted the help of Architect Elizabeth Roberts to bring their dreams into fruition. Check it out!

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Athena’s kitchen inspiration 

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Athena Calderone in her Brooklyn kitchen

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The porch just off the kitchen

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Sketch of the kitchen

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Athena’s James Beard Award winning cookbook

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Above and Below are dishes from the cookbook

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Dining Room- AFTER

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Dining and living room – BEFORE

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Above and below are the living room design inspiration

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Sketch of the living room

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Living room – AFTER

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Entry way inspiration

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Current entry way

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Staircase

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Her son’s bedroom

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Athena’s office

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The master bedroom

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The master closet

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Master bath

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Informal living room with custom plaster

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Exterior

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1st floor- floor plan (unfortunately I could not find the floor plan for the rest of the row home)

PIERCE & WARD

The recent reveal of Lily Aldridge (Model) and Caleb Followill’s (Musician- Kings of Leon) Nashville, Tennessee home via Architectural Digest  is very homie and in a great way! It is decorated in an eccentric style, though I am not always fond of  that particularly look I like how the fun duo Pierce & Ward have decorated it. Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward are the cool female duo behind Pierce & Ward and the extension of their personalities makes their interiors unique, vibrant and stylish. I want to be friends with them just based on their about description.

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Lily and Colin Nashville Home

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The cool duo Pierce & Ward and more of their work

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NATE AND JEREMIAH

I feel like the entire nation is a fan of Nate Berkus’s work. His husband Jeremiah Brent is also a very talented decorator put the two together and you can rest assure their place in NYC is a show stopper. Though I think they just recently sold it. Black and gold is my favorite color combination and that kitchen just does it for me…IN LOVE. They have beautiful chevron wood floors, a complimenting neutral palette throughout and the carrera marble in the bathroom!!! Bonus…they make a beautiful family.

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KELLY KLEIN- FLORIDA HOME

I am currently vacationing in sunny Florida and wanted to share a little bit of good old sunshine design with you all! I have always admired photographer/ex-equestrian Kelly Klein’s home in Palm Beach and wanted to share it with you. It was featured in Architectural Digest a few years ago, its minimally designed, rich in woods and with an abundance of light.

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HEMPEL GARDENS

I am intrigued by Anouska Hempel’s landscapes. Her gardens are green and very structured. They seem like a modern take on what old British gardens used to be like.

Hempel has an interesting story…she was a James Bond vixen turned British socialite and has an internationally recognized firm specializing in interior designer and landscape architecture. Not too shabby……

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Above is what the garden looks like by day. Below is what the garden can look like during an event with the use of a tent and lanterns. I would have loved to be the one to host a dinner like this one.

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Below: Ms. Hempel
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