Tuesday, December 28, 2010

At Home with Candace Bushnell: Manhattan

As the creator of one of the most widely recognised costumes and set designs in recent film history, Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell's home is every bit just as fabulous, stylish and chic as the lives she's conjured up for her characters.

mirrored art deco table - Lauren Copen Antiques

Located in Greenwich Village in the heart of Manhattan, Bushnell shares this renovated 1920's apartment with husband Charles Askegard, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Far from over the top, the interior is eclectic, youthful and showcases well her appreciation for tasteful furniture and unique colour palettes.

Let's have a peek inside...

A 19th-century Venetian chaise is dressed up with a pillow from Geminola; the palm-leaf lamp from Le Décor Français dates from the 1800s. I love the bursts of fuschia on the shelves.

Mirror from Paterae Antiques. Great way to visually open up a small room.

In the living room, Caio Fonseca’s Fifth Street Painting C04.13 overlooks a 19th-century tufted bustle chair from Bijan Royal, a vintage brass floor lamp from Retro-Modern, Moroccan poufs from John Derian Co., and an Oushak rug from ABC Carpet & Home. The couple purchased the Louis XVI sofa from writer Jay McInerney and the ivory-and-ebony box is from Amy Perlin Antiques. The vintage mirrored screen is from Neo-Studio.

A pair of gold-leafed sheaf sconces from Downtown flank the living room mantel, which is original to the apartment. The colours are great!

Decorator Susan Forristal reproduced a poster of Bushnell onto wallpaper that lines the powder room. I think this is a bit over the top... however I do like the fittings and the sink, by Smolka.

In the den, ebonized campaign chairs with white cowhide seats from Gray Gardens face a velvet upholstered sofa with a pillow made of vintage fabric from Geminola. The rug is by Madeline Weinrib from ABC Carpet & Home.

The kitchen’s wood-and-glass cabinetry and soapstone counters were designed by Rodos Interior Renovations.

The bed and the Madeline Weinrib–designed rug are both from ABC Carpet & Home, and the antique suzani is from Mughal. Dutchman’s Dawn II, a painting by Ellen Kozak, hangs above it and the midcentury table lamps are from Retro-Modern. This is such a welcoming room!

my favourite set designs from SATC 2

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