An East Village Garden Home Brings In Petal Pinks


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A Dutch door opens to an East Village apartment's entry hall, where designer Lauren Geremia replaced graphic wallpaper with white walls. The panel on the left is one of two hand-painted prints of gilded whitegold de Gournay wallpaper Geremia had framed; the botanical pattern plays up the feel of the garden-level apartment. The mounted ceiling light by Michael Anastassiades is from The Future Perfect.

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Soft-white walls bring light into the living room, where vintage brass-cantilever chairs from Anyon Atelier in San Francisco, topped with sheepskin shearling, commingle with a grayfinished wood-and-glass low table and ottomans from James Duncan in Key Biscayne, Florida. The vintage Tabriz area rug, pulling in shades of pink and green, is from Galerie Shabab.

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A mix of old and new in the living area lends a casual and relaxed sensibility. The custom-sized daybed upholstered in pale pink from Early Work Studio in Los Angeles brings clean lines to the linear space, while the romantic vintage standing lamp and the John Derian pillows in complementary tones and textures soften the edges.

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In the rear of the apartment, the kitchen provides a full view of the back courtyard, which serves as a lush sanctuary in the heart of the East Village.

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The existing kitchen cabinets were updated with new hardware from Anthropologie, but otherwise the space was left mostly untouched: The farm sink, lighting, tiles and countertops were existing, and the flooring is original.

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Accents around the 19th-century brownstone emphasize its garden-level placement, such as the vintage watering can and firewood near the entrance .

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For pretty privacy from the street, the master bedroom window features two layers of curtains: panels of lace sheers overlaid with panels of blue velvet.

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The light palette in the rest of the home flows into the master bedroom but with deeper accents, as seen in a dark blue bed covered in Bella Notte linens with red and blue-gray velvet pillows. The iron-and-marble side table from Arteriors is both weighty and airy, while a pair of mounted birds from John Derian add a touch of decorative whimsy.

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In the master bedroom, the vintage bone-colored bureau from Liza Sherman Antiques holds a tableau of objects, including a pewter-cast wishbone from The Apartment by The Line, a ceramic bowl from Souda and ceramics by artist Jenny Blumenfield. The vintage rug is from Galerie Shabab.

Estee Lauder executive Shana Randhava found her ideal home in a garden-level co-op in the historic St. Mark’s area of New York City’s East Village.

And when it came time to sprucing up the space — which happened to be the former home of actress Chloe Sevigny — she enlisted help from California designer Lauren Geremia.

It was a decision that would see the transformation of the two-bedroom residence into a romantic retreat adorned with a palette of white, pink, blush and lavender.

“The house is small and flows from one room to the next, so I wanted the palette to continue,” the designer says. “The colors complement the layout.”

The town home’s original beamed ceilings, wide-plank pine flooring and two-wood burning fireplaces helped create a vintage-inspired aesthetic accented by modern bespoke pieces that help strike a balance between old and new.

The kitchen, too, features a subtle mix of styles, with the original terra cotta floors, hand-painted tiles and countertops still in place, and the existing black-painted cabinets updated only by cabinet pulls.

Tasked with the challenge of bringing more light into the living room, Geremia painted the bookshelves white and wired them so that the lights would reflect off the adjacent mirrored wall.

In the end, the updated abode offers serene seclusion from the city’s busy streets. Take a peek inside.