The Carlton House was built in 1946 and designed by architect Philip Birnbaum, who went on in his later more seasoned years to design Trump Tower. He was an architect better known for his interiors - his thoughtful use of space and light and devotion to creating "livable" spaces are often noted. Even so, I quite like the exterior of our building, with it's open balconies in the front.
A foyer is a hallmark of midcentury apartment design. Though it would be considered wasted space in most floor plans today, there's much to be said for having a place to hang your coat, toss your keys, and put down your bags when you come in the door. That's a roomy coat closet to the left of the entrance.
I've furnished it with a little mod settee that I got second-hand and slipcovered (here's how you make white slipcovers without a pattern), a dark wood bookcase, sweet little console table from Beall and Bell in Greenport, and Sputnick-like light fixture.
While this doesn't feel like the forever home for the settee - it may end up in the master bedroom when I get to finishing that - it makes a cozy little spot to change your shoes as you come and go.
I made good on my promise to Ross - a room to keep his guitars in. There are now four - count 'em.
And I built a long floating desk that two can share, from some spare Ikea parts. See Office for Two: An Ikea Hack. A project that is still not finished - I have yet to install the wall cabinets. (Perhaps this spring.)
I have to laugh when I say the words "master bedroom". Our bedroom is HUGE. It's 12 ft x 20 ft - I've seen entire apartments this size in NYC. We haven't even begun to style the room yet. But, I have a few ideas up my sleeve. See Bedroom Inspiration: Yellow and Gray.
The bedroom has an inviting "bay window" facing east.