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DECORATING WITH PASSION Only decorator Miles Redd could dream up the colors and pattern combinations in this Manhattan apartment. And it’s exactly the look this growing family refused to lose when they had to move. INTERVIEW: Blake Brunson | PHOTOGRAPHY: Roland Bello | PRODUCER:  Doretta Sperduto
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INTERIOR DESIGN / TAMMY CONNOR, TAMMY CONNOR INTERIOR DESIGN
HOME BUILDER / JAMES CARTER, JAMES F. CARTER, ARCHITECT
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE / VINCENT DISALVO, DISALVO CONTRACTING

With spectacular views of Central Park, the location alone elevated a Manhattan apartment set in a 37-story building from With spectacular views of Central Park, the location alone elevated a Manhattan apartment set in a 37-story building from the 1930’s — with its Dorothy Draper-designed lobby intact – to exceptional status. The 2,000-square-foot home away from home for an executive and his family called for an urban, contemporary look with a bit of a masculine edge. “Our design sensibilities were very compatible,” says Alabama-based interior designer Tammy Connor, who first met her clients when she worked on their cottage in South Carolina followed by a more formal turn-of-the-century East Coast residence. "The goal was for it to be approachable and livable, casual enough to feel really comfortable, yet with quality craftsmanship and attention to detail."

Described by Connor as “architecturally simplistic” upon purchase, the couple’s new city digs were devoid of such features as crown molding and millwork. So, the designer collaborated with architect James Carter to rectify the situation. According to Carter, the existing sheetrock bookcases in the living room lacked personality, proper proportions and detail. “We worked together to create bookcases with more interest that contributed to the refined feel of the new décor,” says the architect, who also created the room’s paneling. “I suggested something along the lines of French Moderne for the paneling to give the background depth and elegance without interfering with the cleaner lines of the furniture.

 

The foyer’s walnut table by New Classics from Ainsworth-Noah in Atlanta is centered on an opening to the living area. Here it is possible to glimpse a chair topped with brilliant blue Prima Alpaca by Sandra Jordan in Healdsburg, California, and early 19th-century Khotan rug. The antique lantern is from Lumiere. Paneling added to the jambs and the new crown molding on the soffit create depth in the room-size space.

After reconfiguring spaces and updating the kitchen and baths, the real game changer was opening a wall and pair of narrow portals that previously closed off the living room from the spacious foyer. “The key was to enhance the views of the park as you enter the apartment,” says builder Vincent DiSalvo, who also raised the foyer ceiling by taking down and relocating existing ductwork, making it wider and flatter, and dropping a soffit around the perimeter. “The project took about six months, largely because of the logistics of working in a high-rise.”



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