Had you told me it were possible to pack four little ones and two adults into a Manhattan apartment I’d probably call you crazy. But not only did Corie and her husband do just that, they did it with unparalleled style and grace. And today is our lucky day because they’ve invited us in to take a look! With photos from our darling Caroline Frost, there’s a full gallery right here overflowing with lovely!
From Corie… Welcome to our home! When we bought our home in Manhattan 6 years ago, we knew it needed a full gut to increase its functionality. While the layout, the floors, the natural light, and the traditional pre-war architectural details like the arched doorways helped to sell the place, the dingy kitchen, the single-pane windows, and the original pink bathroom needed to be upgraded. The renovation took a year and our space in the middle of Manhattan has served our growing family extremely well ever since.
Our foyer isn’t much bigger than the size of a door mat so we didn’t have much to decorate. The chalkboard is a relatively new addition and the kids love to see the announcements my husband and I put on the board each day. It’s an easy way to welcome guests and to show the kids what’s on tap for the day. As any Manhattanite knows, closest space can be really hard to come by in the city. Luckily, we have quite large closets that store everything from strollers to Christmas decorations to cleaning supplies. We feel really lucky that there’s a lot of storage in our 2-bedroom place. Living here with 4 kids would be a totally different story otherwise.
Our dining room sits right beside the foyer. There’s just enough room for our large marble-topped Saarinen tulip table. The table fits about 8 comfortably, which has been perfect for dinner parties. The original built-in bookshelves house my milk glass collection. We filled the dining room wall with black & white photos from our travels. The gallery wall used to be more full, but the kids seemed to get in the habit of running into them. The chandelier is spectacular and gives off excellent light.
We absolutely love our kitchen. The old kitchen was completely torn out, which meant that we could really make a fresh start and design a more functional kitchen. By Manhattan standards, this is a spacious kitchen and it’s turned out to be quite a luxury. The kitchen is really efficient and there is a great amount of counter space. When we were a family of two, we ate many of our meals at the bistro table in the corner, but now that we’re a family of six, the table often serves as the breakfast nook and craft table for the kids. The cabinets are Ikea and the countertop is Cararra marble. We outfitted the kitchen with a deep single bowl stainless steel sink, a drawer-style dishwasher, and a wine fridge. I painted most of the artwork in the kitchen and throughout our home.
The photos show the living room at its best – the floor is clean, the shelves are organized, and the couches are untouched. Much of the time, the floor is filled with train tracks, trucks, and books, the shelves are stocked with mail, and the couch has been transformed to a fort. My boys love to jump and climb and all of he furniture in this space has really been put to incredible tests. We opted for track lighting in this room and it keeps the place nice and bright, especially through the winter months. The walls here – and throughout our home – are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Silver Satin and the trim is Benjamin Moore White Dove. Our boys refer to the brown couch as the peanut butter couch.
We kept our bedroom as light and bright as possible. Keeping everything white makes this room really calm and peaceful. A large floor-to-ceiling mirror leans against one wall and this reflects the light from the windows. I painted the Lady Agnew above the dresser when we lived in Australia, years ago, mostly because I loved her dress! The rest of the artwork comes from our trips to Argentina, Singapore and Hawaii. We had a wall of built-in closets made to maximize storage. The windows in this room – and in all the rooms – were changed to sound-proofing windows which cuts out the noise from the busy streets below. The bedroom faces the theatre district and it’s pretty cool that the Roseland Ballroom and Neil Simon theatre are just steps away from home. Our youngest daughter – as has all of our babies – sleeps in the crib at the end of our bed. I painted the watercolors that hang on the hall wall that connects the kids’ room, bathroom, and master bedroom
The original bathroom was horrible what with its old pipes, broken fixtures, and dingy tile work. We gutted the space and kept to a classic style. The marble herringbone tiles are chic, and the wet room makes the space functional and light. We opted for a floating sink and the side cabinets can be changed out anytime. We carried the white subway tile on all the walls, and hung a gorgeous lighting fixture and mirror to add softness to the room.
We had our first son just about the time when we moved in to our home, so we originally set it up simply with a crib, dresser, and shelving unit. Those pieces have stayed, and we have since added a bunk bed and lots of color! We wanted this room to be fun and vibrant and happy for the kids. Our three boys love sharing the room and we think it has really helped them bond as brothers. The schemes they come up with are quite entertaining (and sometimes really frustrating, too). My husband sewed the two large striped rugs together with suture thread to form one large one for the room. It’s a great spot for the kids to play, and read.
The previous owners used the front walk-in closet as a closet. We knew that we could put this 4’ x 6’ room to better use for us, so we turned it into an office for my husband. The black walls and lighting are quite dramatic and there’s plenty of room for papers, books, and office supplies on the custom-built shelves and desk. My husband has made good use out of it over the years, although sometimes the chair does get shoved out of the way so that we can store party supplies, or guests’ luggage.
THE OFFICE: Custom-built desk and shelves | Storage containers: Ikea
THE DINING ROOM: Marble-topped tulip table & chairs: Design Within Reach | Milk glass: collected over several years with the help of my mother | Gallery wall: our own photos | Chandelier: My husband found this in Manhattan’s lighting district on the Lower East Side
THE KITCHEN: Artwork (ice cream cones, cupcake, water): Corie Garbati | High chair: Bloom Fresco | Cabinets: Ikea (Akrum cabinets + Abstrakt glossy doors ) | Countertop: 2” Deep Slab Cararra marble | Fridge & Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel | Stove: Bertazzoni | Microwave: Bosch
THE LIVING ROOM: White sofe and chair and Brown leather sofa: Crate & Barrel Petrie collection | TV stand: Ikea Besta collection | Floor lamps: West Elm | Artwork: Corie Garbati
KID’S BEDROOM: Bunk bed: Ikea | Toddler bed (converted from crib): Gulliver crib – Ikea | Expedit Bookshelf: Ikea | Dresser: Ikea Malm series | Alphabet decals: Wallies | Globe: my husband made this for me… we love to travel | Super hero coin banks: gift from my sister | Artwork above dresser: gift from dear friends in Australia | Artwork: Corie Garbati | Chair: vintage find from an Antiques Shows Canada show, reupholstered in red vinyl
MASTER BEDROOM: Bed: West Elm | Night stands: 1960s Vintage finds from ebay | Orange chair: 1920s Bauhaus antique from Gadsden Promotions Antique Show | Dresser: Ikea Malm series | Artwork over the dresser: Corie Garbati | Artwork in hallway: Corie Garbati | Mirror: Z Gallerie
THE BATHROOM: Sink: Duravit | Shower System: Hansgrohe | Side cabinets: Found in a Soho boutique | Mirror: Ballard Designs
Photography: Caroline Frost Photography