Our building 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 devotion to creating "livable" spaces. Even so, I quite like the exterior of our building.
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.
I admit that I don't really know quite what to do with this space. Right now I have an awesome mod settee that I inherited and am having reupholstered, so more on that later. And this sweet little midcentury console table that I found at Beall and Bell in Greenport and could not resist. Coming soon, a Sputnick light fixture that seems to be on permanent back order. (I have a paper sphere holding it's place.)
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 found a mid-century style sofa bed for the office/second bedroom. Mom and Dad tested out the bed when they visited the week after we moved in. They said it was comfy (but maybe they were being tactful?).
I made good on my promise to Ross -- a room to keep his guitars in. However, I am definitely eyeing that corner window for my desk!
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. I 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 facing north. I commissioned this fire escape security gate by iron works artist Valessa Monk. You can read about it in my post Security Gates Can Be Pretty. The best part? We face a row of two-story Tudors, so there's nothing blocking the light, and no real reason to have window treatments unless we just want them.
And so concludes our house tour. I hope you enjoyed it. Leave a comment. I WILL reply.