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. Even so, I quite like the exterior of our building with it's open balconies in the front.
I love that this apartment has a formal entryway - a space that is not intended for anything more useful than getting one's bearings upon entering the apartment.
A foyer is one of the hallmarks of the 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, put down your bags when you come in the door.
Right now I've furnished it with an awesome little mod settee that I inherited and slipcovered (here's how you make white slipcovers without a pattern), a dark wood bookcase, a sweet little midcentury console table that I found at Beall and Bell in Greenport and could not resist, and a Sputnick light fixture.
While this doesn't feel like the forever home for the little settee - I think it will end up in the master bedroom - it makes a cozy little spot to change your shoes as you come and go.
The Living Room
The living room is a 12 x 20 ft rectangle - the perfect layout for a back-facing sofa aligned with a library table. And given the bookshelves that replaced the infamous Wall of Mirrors referenced in NY Times "The Hunt" - how appropriate.
I made good on my promise to Ross - a room to keep his guitars in. There are now four - count 'em.
And I snapped up the corner window for a long desk we can share. See Office for Two: An Ikea Hack. A project that is still not finished - hence the missing wall cabinets. (Perhaps this spring.)
The Master Bedroom
I have to laugh when I say the words "master bedroom". Our bedroom is HUGE. Really. It's 12 ft x 20 ft. I've seen entire apartments this size in NYC. We barely know what to do with all the extra space (but trust me, I'll figure it out!).
The bedroom has an inviting "bay window" facing east and a fire escape window that faces north. I commissioned the security gate by iron works artist Valessa Monk. (See Security Gates Can Be Pretty.)