This dreamy townhouse in the West Village is all about thoughtful and personal design choices

This dreamy townhouse in the West Village is all about thoughtful and personal design choices

On a green stretch of New York’s West Village, there is a 1901 Georgian-style townhouse owned by a famous music director and his wife in the auction house’s director. It is imbued with themes of flowering and growth, which makes sense given his expertise in nurturing and cultivating creative, and the fact that the couple acquired the home for their growing family.

Both wanted to preserve elements from the previous owner’s renovation – done by AD100 architect Steven Harris – but felt the townhouse needed some practical renovations (think additional storage). They also wanted to make their own mark on the home as a tailor-made but unexpected space for socializing with family and industry friends.

To bring their ideas to life, the couple hired architect Amie Sachs, who had recently started her own practice after several years at Annabelle Selldorf’s firm. Designer Penelope August (another alumnus of Selldorf Architects) collaborated on furnishing and finishing. “The customer had a very clear idea of ​​how he wanted his family and guests to experience the home,” Sachs explains. “He was interested in creating spaces that promote gathering and conversation.”

After falling in love with his work at the Paul Kasmin Gallery, the owners commissioned artist David Wiseman to create the ultimate conversation piece for the dining room, visible as soon as one steps in through the front door. The installation – a wooden-like light fixture of bronze and porcelain that climbs up the wall and across the ceiling, bursting with a multitude of porcelain flowers – is an expression of warmth and romance. It hovers over the dining table, which is surrounded by a curved banquet upholstered in Jiun Ho green velvet and surrounded by Gio Ponti and Pierre Jeanneret chairs. It is a place that works just as well for intimate family dinners and evening celebrations with guests. That is, if they have not retreated to the cozy front library, which features chrome and velvet upholstered Cy Mann chairs and a jewel of a bar lined with celadon limousine fabric from Gretchen Bellinger.

Throughout the townhouse, Sachs and August used a conscious and unified palette. The homeowners had returned from a trip to Kyoto with ideas of blooming flowers and a piece of plum red silk cord that ended up as the inspiration behind several elements, including the shade of moiré silk wallpaper that stands along the entrance closet. The same color winds up the stairs in a wool runner and can be found in the master bedroom’s luxurious felt curtains. More subtly, it can also be seen in a mohair panel inserted on top of the dressing room’s specially designed table. “Customers provided good guidance, but also provided plenty of room for ideas and development,” says August.

The lower floors are grounded in the green areas of the backyard (updated by Michael Franco from the company Blue Plant), which has an ink-colored koi pond with a floating marble passage and a wall of towering bamboo. On the garden level, there is an inviting living room with midcentury sofas oriented around a streamlined white granite fireplace and a specially designed desk designed by Sachs. The flanking desk is a pair of solid white Wilson Audio Watt speakers. The adjoining dining kitchen is equipped with curved oak cabinets and a moss green tile back plate.

The main bedroom suite, which overlooks the garden, is inspired by the idea of ​​a pale rose. Burgundy felt curtains and walls lined with a red Savel Inc. cotton velvet provides a rosy backdrop for a white wool bouclé bed and a vintage Paul Mathieu bench from Ralph Pucci. The primary bath, meanwhile, is a surface of luminous Rosa Portogallo and Rosa Aurora marble from ABC Stone. The common dressing room, which connects the bedroom and bathroom, has open shelves in warm cerused oak and a central dressing table with burgundy mohair top and Ted Muehling knobs. It’s all overlooked by a vintage Paavo Tynell “Starry Sky” ceiling fixture.

The townhouse’s other three existing bedrooms were reconfigured into two more spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms and a laundry room in between. To complete the floral theme, a Clarence House crewelwork floral covers the headboard in one room, while a red velvet lines the headboard in the other – all choices that the man thoughtfully considered. “He was really interested in getting it right for his family,” August says. “It was really nice to see how much he worried. He went with me to pad and sat on all the pillows.”

If most of the home is rooted in ideas of garden, flowers and greenery, the top floor is all about connecting with the sky. Recognizing an enormous potential in the previously unused space, they turned it into what the homeowner, according to Sachs, rudely called “my very own Barcelona pavilion.” Creamy veined and sandblasted limestone traces the north and south balconies. The colors change with the changing light – cool and dreamy on a winter morning, warm and golden at sunset. It’s the perfect place for a family movie night out or a goodnight drink with old friends followed by meandering conversations that stretch until dawn.

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