To celebrate Mother’s Day, I purchased tickets to the New York Junior League’s Spring House Tour for myself and my stepmom, Nancy. This fundraiser included a Friday night kick-off party at Brooks Brothers, a live auction, breakfast on Saturday morning, a goodie bag, access to tour seven unbelievable homes around Manhattan, a scrumptious lunch, four champagne stops, and a post-tour reception party at Kate Spade! All of the houses are gorgeously decorated in their own style. The decorators were at each home to answer any questions visitors might have.
Even without getting photos at three locations, I still have tons to share with you. I’ve split this House Tour post into two – Downtown and Uptown (check back tomorrow for Part 2!).
46 Lispenard Street
This spot is unusual because it is both a home and an office space for an asset management firm.
This is the dining room/the company’s conference room:
This is the living room/reception area:
The stairs were clear which made the space look large and modern.
The upstairs had additional office spaces and bedrooms:
Some of the best parts of this home/office are the outdoor space and views:
87 Barrow Street
This West Village pre-war bachelor pad is pretty neat! The owner, Frank Carfaro, completely gutted the 600 square foot apartment and made it his own – including insulated floors and ceilings so his music and entertaining won’t bother his neighbors.
How cool is this coffee table?
The living room walls are another fun feature. They have newspaper articles and other items that are meaningful to Frank mixed right in:
The steam shower is another custom made feature. The steam is so intense, that a neighbor once called the fire department because she mistook the steam for smoke!
22 E. 18th Street
This Flatiron home was definitely my favorite Downtown stop! We were greeted by fabulous art right when the elevator doors opened up into the loft.
How gorgeous is all of this art? Check out that crazy chandelier!
The columns are original to this space from way back when it was a factory:
The most unique thing about this master bedroom is…
…the art hanging on the ceiling!
This glass room is really fantastic! The walls are sound proof and the white curtains wrap all the way around…for when you want to watch trashy reality shows on Bravo, but no one else does…
That’s it for the Downtown spots! Next, we made our way to the New York Design Center for lunch.
The lunch boxes were amazing! I grabbed a Maryland crab cake sandwich which also came with chips, fruit, pasta salad, and cookies. Yum!
If you want to see more Manhattan houses, be sure to check back tomorrow for my Uptown post!
Stay fit and fabulous,