TIMELESS MANHATTAN APARTMENT ~~ ROB SOUTHERN

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Contemporary art balances traditional elements. Dennis & Leen bench, Vintage French sconces, Art, John Rosis.

“TIMELESS”

This is a word designer Rob Southern uses often when describing the prewar apartment on Manhattan’s upper east side that he recently completed for a young family. How lucky is this “young couple”??? I’m envious…..Anyhow, Southern goes on to explain that, “The clients wanted this home to really hold its own as they changed and grew—it was like having to replace a dress that’s gone out of style in five years time.” Oh my, imagine that??? The luxury…..of change…….

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Custom armchairs in Donghia white velvet and Christopher Farr Cloth linen. Vintage Bagués coffee table. Throw, Sferra, Rug, Patterson, Flynn & Martin.

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Welllllll, my mouth fell open when I saw this space featured in the March-April issue of Veranda. That blue is the richest, most luxurious shade of blue. Absolutely gorgeous in my opinion. And, I could so enjoy a glass or two of wine in these chairs with a quiet fire crackling in the background. Simply divine!!

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Another view of the space with that luscious, luscious blue velvet, which, Mr. Southern so accurately states, “You can’t go wrong with solids, because a color is not something that becomes dated.” And, I, most definitely concur!!! “Patterns often have a tag to them; ‘Oh, that’s a French toile,’ or ‘That’s a chintz.’ Solid colors also keep any one thing from being the main focus. When clients are in the room, they should be the stars”, explains, Rob.

Southern also dislikes using lots of patterns in dining rooms, because of the constraints they add. “The dining room should be a canvas for the beautiful flowers, beautiful silverware, beautiful plates, and people who are at the table.” And, I would have to agree. Too much pattern can be a distraction. Spaces need to be calming, and a bit restrained. The eye needs to have a place to rest, after all this is where you come to unwind and de-stress. And, I think I could definitely do that in this very tasteful and timeless space.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS “TIMELESS” SPACE?

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  1. Its stunning! I am completely obsessed with the living room with the yellow artwork…happy weekend!!

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