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Modern art and a mix of materials and styles create a yin-yang tension in the foyer, where the designer teamed a Louis Philippe-styled chest and vintage Murano glass lamps alongside Picasso drawings and an antique French settee, all grounded with an overscale-grid hide rug. Centered between the living room’s new painted bookcases and a bold Abstract Expressionist painting, a custom-built charcoal shagreen cabinet includes a pop-up mechanism for a flat-screen TV. Skirted Madeline Stuart sofas and a John Saladino club chair, ottoman and bench provide seating with a modern vibe around an onyx coffee table.

Just opposite, dining room cabinetry balances the focal wall of the living room with similar detailing. A raised ceiling in the apartment beneath results  in a step-up to the dining space, where curved railings where added to mitigate the platform effect and make the room more intimate. A skirted banquette in taupe velvet adds flexibility to the seating. “You can seat seven comfortably and you can push the table back to create more space,” says the designer.


The master bedroom taps into the park’s winter palette with a charcoal silk-and-grass-cloth wall covering as a textural envelope complemented with goldthread linen-hemp draperies. Like the rest of the interiors, the master suite is not overly decorated. “It’s not all about pomp and circumstance or show,” says Connor. “Everything is rooted in traditional but simplified and layered with clean lines.” And though the view is what beckons, it is that rich balance of mixing materials and styles that really creates a place to call home.


Cabinetry in the kitchen is backed by a marble backsplash; the addition of shelves with brackets keeps the small space visually open. A shagreen tray is propped behind a Wolf gas cooktop. 

A painting by Sara H. Tucker titled Oysters, Mussels and Copper Pot, hangs on a statuary gray marble wall in the kitchen. The moody blue cabinetry is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Westcott Navy and accented with brass pulls. Appointments such as the Kohler brass faucet are simple yet elegant; the floor is composed of Lagos Azul limestone tiles.

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