Open and Modern Décor in a Classic New York Apartment by Steven Harris Architects

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Love open spaces and lots of blue and white? You’ll love this renovation of one of the historic Rockefeller Apartments, overlooking the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, as realized by architect Steven Harris. Against a wall of windows, a combined living/dining area flows beautifully — without the restrictions of too many walls that would normally carve up an older apartment into tiny spaces. Instead, this open plan gives the occupant a great view out from tall windows, with floor-to-ceiling curtains easily pulled for privacy when needed. On the opposite side of the room, one entire wall is a mural, while smaller pieces of modern statuary stand in a corner and on a fireplace mantle. Down the hallway, just past the living room, you can glimpse a bedroom doorway — and more statuary on a wood-grain dresser.

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Beneath the bedroom windows, a shelving unit holds gold-trimmed ceramics and books; next to the bed, more modern art is framed in gilt. Facing the bed is a plasma TV and entertainment center, as well as cleverly camouflaged storage — and a contemporary bedside lamp seems to have a base of carved stones. You’ll find more blue and white here, too, in bedding and in the vase on the windowsill, as well as a pale shade on a comfy bedside chair. Finally, the bathroom is a pampering oasis, complete with lighted mirror walls and a fur-topped, openwork-based vanity seat — a bit of whimsy that brings a smile. This entire space is worth smiling about — a renovation that brings the best of modern style to a classic New York building.

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