Editor’s note: Today I am in a dress from Armani and shoes from Jimmy Choo.
Happy Wednesday! Mackenzie is off to Vegas today!!!!! Momma Kay is here holding the fort down. It is so hot outside... I feel so sorry for the kids in sports practice at school. I hate PE anyway.... but it is brutal in the heat of the day. Anyone who knows me well knows I am unathletic. My favorite PE class was aerobics that was a new concept in 1977. It was inside!!!!!!! Air conditioning is always my friend!!! Once a princess... always a princess. The worst was when they thought I would be great at volleyball because I was so tall... convinced me to play.....and made me cut my nails off. Now THAT made me mad! And I was terrible with the coach yelling at me all the time. Give me a home to make beautiful and let others who like it play sports!!!!
The tile made it on Monday to finish the master at my job in Arlington....Thank God! I have never had this happen before... but the balance of the tile disappeared from the garage in between the tile men working on it. And all we lacked was the tub front and two rows in the shower. It was devastating !!!!! I had to have it air shipped from Europe to get here before October. You know... after 29 years of being a designer I am still experiencing new things. I could have done without this one!!!!!!
The article today comes from the September issue of Elle Decor. If you have not read this issue....I highly suggest it! The issue is fabulous ! The article is on fashion designer Anna Sui’s Greenwich Village apartment where she combined two apartments. She was friends with the neighbor and eventually got his apartment and spent three years on the project connecting them. Her attention to detail in every room is amazing... she spent much time finding the perfect artisan for every job. This is a treasure in every room and a story. Enjoy and have a super day!!! I am wishing Mackenzie a lot of fun in Vegas and in hopes she comes home with her money still in her pocket! I made it getting the blog done for today... but there will not be one on Friday. So I will be back on Monday! Have a great rest of your week and a wonderful weekend.
Anna Sui in her library. She had the ingenious idea to connect the two apartments....that are really in two separate buildings but share the same facade (don’t know how that works! But this is New York!)... with these set of cloisonné doors built in the bookcase.
The library with the doors closed. The 1930s eglomise desk is outstanding !!!!!!! The vintage love seat is upholstered in sample yardage. What a cool room!
When taking in the second apartment ... Sui gained a living room, dining room, master bedroom, two baths , and closet space. Talk about a life changer in the way you live!!!!!
This living room is in the new space. The sofa, armchair, an ottoman are all vintage. The vintage James Mont cabinet behind the sofa is like a piece of art. James Mont is a Turkish-American mid century designer known for his layering. Sui likes vintage items because she feels an artisan took love and time making them. The pink and purple color scheme was inspired by a London room created by David Hicks.
The wall in the dining room have Gracie wallpaper... which elevates any room. The chinoiserie chairs are vintage.
This is a walk-in closet......oh how fabulous!!!!!!!! The hand-painted stencils on the walls were done by Lisa DiClerico. The venetian mirrors hung on the doors are a fabulous idea( that I might have to steal one day!)
This was a second bedroom in the added on space... and serves now as a dressing room. The mural on the wall hand-painted by Hilary Knight who is the artist who illustrated in the Eloise books (which were Riley’s favorite!) His first rendering had two panthers and a naked man....... that got changed to birds!!!!! The Cheval mirror was found in a flea market.
The shower curtain in the master bath came from Sui’s workroom. The marbled windows are from Spectrum. She could not replace the original glass glass from the 1920s. This marbleized glass almost perfectly matches the windows in her first apartment. What a cool feature.
The master bedroom has eye catching appeal in every square inch. The wallpaper is de Gournay... which always sets the tone for a fabulous room. The Anglo-American bed —-so cool!—— has Sui’s own bedding she designed for PBTeen. The silk velvet quilt is from John Derian. The eglomise mantel is another piece from James Mont. what a whimsical room!~!!!! What a fabulous apartment in every sense of the word!
“TOUR ANNA SUI’S STUNNING GREENWICH VILLAGE APARTMENT” article featured in Elle Decor September 2019 Issue
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Rosemary chicken with steamed green beans.
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