Inside 6 Homes That Prove Traditional Interior Design and Modern Style Really Go Together


“We’ll just fix it a bit.” That’s what Ashley Stark Kenner thought when she and husband Nick, founder and CEO of Just Salad, bought a townhouse on New York’s Upper East Side to make room for their growing family. . The iconic 19th-century building had a lot to offer: generous dimensions, a deep backyard and, a rarity among townhouses, lots of light. But when they first met New York Lichten Architectsthe talk quickly shifted to ‘gut renovation’.

“The facade was the only thing left,” Kenner says now, three years later. “For a while we had no roof. We had no floor. We dug the basement, we added a top floor, we added terraces. If I showed you the before and after, you’d be like, ‘What?’ »

As senior vice president of design and creative director of eight-decade-old textile titan Stark, she knew exactly what she wanted. And with a totally blank slate, she didn’t have to compromise. “I had a vision and I stuck to it,” says Kenner, calling her aesthetic “laid back, organic, beachy, a bit French.”

Working closely with Kenner, architects Andrew Friedman and Kevin Lichten created a floor plan that worked for family living and, as Friedman explains, “felt loft-like and modern but still felt like a townhouse. traditional town”. That sensibility extended to the decor, led by New York firm Aman & Meeks (with a heavy hand from Kenner herself). —Hannah Martin

The formal living room was designed as a setting for the owners’ frequent meetings, so Huh spared no expense in furnishing the space. From the custom-designed pomegranate patterned rug, Huh constructed a rich yet cheerful palette of pale oranges, peaches and soft pinks. On the furniture side, she mixed eras, matched pieces such as Art Deco Dedar– Bergere chairs padded with Karl Kemp with a vintage Murano blown glass chandelier and an ancient Greek terracotta standing Aphrodite, which overlooks the custom sofa with fabric from Brunschwig and Sons.

Photo: Jacob Snavely

When two born and bred West Coasters moved to New York, their goal was to bring with them the sunny atmosphere of a life lived near the Pacific. To ward off homesickness and stay true to their roots, they turned to a New York-based designer Young huh to inject Californian vibes into one of the most unlikely places: a skyscraper towering over one of Manhattan’s most desirable spots, Central Park. “Since the clients were moving, they asked me to keep the design very light, bright and airy,” Eh says of the couple, who moved to accommodate the husband’s job in finance. The final result ? A beautiful Park Avenue pad that perfectly blends Californian spirit with a dose of New York drama.


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