New York Townhouse Renovation with Garden Addition by Steven Harris

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This renovation of a 5-story townhouse in New York by Steven Harris Architects LLP added space, including a garden, and offers something for everyone: take a look at the blue-and-white “ripple” courtyard, complete with rocking horse and basketball at the ready! But first things first: a splendid entrance leads you in two directions: up the stairs to bedrooms, or straight ahead to the open living/dining area. Bathed with natural light, this space is open and soothing in dove-gray and rose; a baby grand waits for a player, while the marble fireplace awaits a crisp evening to draw all to its warming hearth. And entertaining here moves smoothly: a formal dining room seats 6 easily, and the kitchen has a central island and a vantage point that allows the cook easy interaction with guests.

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A second sitting area has armchairs, more umber than gray; the room is equally cozy, however, with its own fireplace. Here, wood grain accents a long couch — and notice the shiny “divider” of pure white that’s actually cleverly hidden storage. The master bedroom brings more deep brown into the scene, with dark chocolate walls and darker cocoa color on the headboard. A blue paisley on the bedspread matches a slatted bench near the window; through the doorway you can glimpse a desk and small work area. And then, there’s a bedroom that’s all-girl: pink is the “flavor” of the day here, from a subtle touch on the lamp to a baby pink armchair and rose pillows. It’s a successful redo, with space for everyone — and just enough modern style for freshness.

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