Open House in Manhattan


Open House NYC

One Manhattan couple knows that starting a family doesn't mean giving up on a social life, so they turned to a design team who could make that happen.

Vintage Purple Rug in the Great Room

A purple sofa from Piero Lissoni, purchased at BY New York, sits in the living area of the great room on a vintage dyed Persian rug from ABC Carpet & Home. To offset the strong use of purple, Fuller incorporated a custom white marble table from Silestone and a green lamp from Nest Interiors.

New Decor Spin on a Wine Cellar

Fuller worked with Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars to do a new spin on a wine cellar, creating a wall of wine that serves as much as décor as it does storage. The ladder Joseph & Curtis also designed provides easy access.

Purple Vintage Rug and Custom Infinity Cluster Chandelier in the Dining Room

A custom infinity cluster chandelier from Comerford Collection hangs above the dining room’s custom live-edge table from JM Lifestyles. Fuller turned to Jayson Home in Chicago for the Tyler armchairs.

Dining Room with Ostrich Flair

The Alhambra Antiques side table purchased through 1stdibs serves a dual purpose—to divide the dining area from the sitting area as well as to function as a buffet when the couple entertains. An ostrich from Flair Home Collection adds a touch of humor.

Custom Cabinets for an Important Kitchen

Because the wife is a passionate home cook, the kitchen played an important role in the home’s design; the Sub- Zero stove caters to her skills. Vintage gray barn pendants, purchased at RH, hang above the counter topped with honed Kenya black marble from New York Stone. The cabinetry was custom-designed by Nicole Fuller Interiors, as was the custom rug.

Zen Atmosphere Guest Room

A cozy Zen atmosphere was incorporated into the guest room so visitors would feel immediately welcome. The Maison daybed was purchased at RH, the Phillip Jeffries wallpaper is from Holly Hunt, and the tree trunk tables are from 1stdibs. The room can also function as an office with a custom- made Alexander desk, purchased at Plantation in Los Angeles, and a cantilevered armchair, also from RH.

Cozy Yet Sophisticated Man Cave

Fuller upped the ante of the man cave with a cozy yet sophisticated space; a custom-color Eames lounge chair with ottoman from WB Wood is the perfect chair for relaxing while watching television or reading a book. A Celeste accent table from Arteriors, an antique horsehair rug, Siris shades from Romo’s Sarasi collection, and a Drayton floor lamp in vintage brass from Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. fashion a masculine elegance.

Calming Master Bedroom with a Touch of Glamor

For the master bedroom, the owners wanted a calming room that still had a touch of glamour. Antique white-oak nightstands, purchased at Century, straddle a custom Nicole Fuller Interiors bed topped with bed linens from E. Braun & Co. The pair of vintage Empire brass light fixtures creates the subtle glitz that the couple hoped for.

Completely Custom Office Space

A vintage fixture from Design Within Reach hangs above a custom marble-top desk, also from Design Within Reach, and a Pace Collection chair.

Colorful Powder Room with Dramatic Touches

The Kallista sink and faucets in the powder room are by Ann Sacks and add to the dramatic touches that can found throughout the home.

There are some people in the world who would never be able to envision turning a loft designed for the ultimate bachelor, complete with an Ikea- style kitchen, into an ultraglam yet family-friendly oasis. That was not the case, however, with a young Manhattan couple who purchased a penthouse near Union Square. “We believed that the benefits of being the only unit on the floor and the multitude of windows could allow the space to be transformed into a family home with a loft-like feel,” says the wife. “With that said, finding a great designer and architect that shared our vision was critical in realizing the transformation.” So, the couple turned to interior designer Nicole Fuller and architectural designer Alma Hadrovic, along with builder Martin Mora. “They just thought it was something they could grow into essentially,” says Fuller of the owners. “We started from the ground up, completely ripping out everything including the windows. It was brought down to studs.” 

The couple gave Fuller and Hadrovic the most basic guidance: “They said, ‘We love color and we trust you,’ ” explains Fuller. “So, Alma and I just went with it. I don’t think there’s one idea that they rejected.” Not that there wasn’t an occasional hesitancy on the homeowners’ end. Vintage blue chairs, chartreuse silk wallpaper in the entry and a purple couch against a purple rug— all grounded with black accents—create a dramatic impression, with the black giving the colorful apartment a sense of focus. “The black was a little tough to convince them of in the beginning,” says Fuller. “But I’m such a huge fan of the color. I think it brings a European elegance to the space.” The wife concedes that they were slightly wary of the idea initially. “We were a little hesitant in using black as a focal point,” she admits. “However, Nicole walked us through her vision, and we took a leap of faith.” Now, she and her husband are, as Fuller describes their feelings, “madly in love with it.” 

Fuller also went for full-on drama in the master bathroom with a veiny marble throughout—and the homeowners jumped on board. “I had a lot of fun,” Fuller says. “To try and tell a client that not only do I want to put a marble like that all over, but also cut the slab that they just paid a fortune for and chevron the stone into a book-match pattern can be difficult. To have them say ‘okay’ was heaven.” 

But it wasn’t creating a dynamic main living space or glamorous master bathroom that was Fuller’s jumping- off point. It was the baby’s room—more specifically, a swatch of fabric with a vintage African Congo print that she purchased. “I showed them the fabric and told them, ‘This is how we’re going to start the house, with the baby’s room,’ ” says Fuller. “They fell in love and said, ‘We have no idea what you’re talking about, but go for it.’ ” So the designer did exactly that, creating a sophisticated room with deep cobalt walls and neutral furniture that any New York City child could easily grow into. “I don’t do kiddie rooms,” says Fuller, “but we are in New York. These are sophisticated kids. You can still get all the elements of a baby in the right toys but still make the room elegant. New York City kids are educated. They’re going to The Met. They’re learning languages. They are taking karate.” 

The nursery wasn’t the only room designed to fit a city lifestyle. Fuller carefully planned the kitchen and dining areas around the homeowners’ personalities and passions. “They are very cool,” she says. “They love to entertain, and she is an amazing cook. They throw dinner parties all the time.” To suit this type of atmosphere, Fuller placed a vintage table alongside the dining area so that the wife can use it as a buffet for cocktails and food. She also incorporated a wine “wall” that wraps around the doorway of the great room. “The husband wanted to figure out how we could do a unique wine cellar,” says Fuller. “But instead of making it a closet, we designed it around the space.” She then brought in Joseph & Curtis Custom Wine Cellars to realize her vision—something simultaneously beautiful but also functional, serving as the crowning touch to a great room geared toward easy entertaining. 

“Our favorite aspect is the use of space,” says the wife. “Through Nicole and Alma’s careful planning, we were able to maintain a very spacious great room perfect for entertaining, while at the same time creating spaces that function well as a family home. The results exceeded our expectations.” 

Shannon Sharpe