Being known as an ex-pat New Yorker elicits comments on my decorating style such as "that's so New York." I often wonder what that means exactly. Apartment living might dictate style, whether it's an upper West Side pre war, a Park Avenue pre war, a Fifth Avenue building, a Village brownstone, an upper East Side mid century, a Murray Hill townhouse, or a downtown loft, and any and everything in between.
I guess the point I'm making is that there is no one New York style, yet there is a thread that defines its metropolitan ethos.
This month's issue of New York Spaces features designer Maureen Footer's interpretation of what is described as an uptown flat.
The title of the editorial is "The Twist - Bold yellows and greens refresh an uptown flat."
She mixes things to great effect such as a bold black and white Garret Chingery painting with an antique bust. Gorgeous hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper decks out the foyer of this mid century Manhattan apartment, and the bedroom is a soft contrast to the bold color in the rest of the apartment.
The apartment was designed for a single working woman. It's a one bedroom on the Upper East Side. The combination of French, Venetian, and Asian inspired antiques, along with what Footer calls "Yellow as the absolute go-to color" results in a glamorous dazzling space with a lively twist that's so New York.