In New York City’s interior landscape of neutral hues and fifty shades of white, it’s rare to see bright colors, especially in a classic pre-war co-op on the Upper East Side. But the current residents of this apartment at 129 East 69th Street, who undertook a two-year renovation, clearly favored the brighter side of the crayon box. The best thing about it is that with eight spacious rooms, colors, patterns and fun decorating ideas never have to clash.
After entering through an antique mirror-flanked foyer, you can see that lime is key in the south-facing living room. You’ll also find 10-foot ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace.
Hand-stenciled grass cloth lines the walls of the spacious dining room, though we’ll assume you’ll need to supply your own statement chandelier.
Thank Ralph Lauren for the brass lighting in the library/den; we think he’d like the denim-hued walls, too. The bright eat-in corner kitchen is suitably white, though funky mid-century patterned blinds keep things interesting. Lots of windows and top-of-the-line appliances from Miele, Sub-Zero and Wolf check off all the boxes.
There are three bedrooms and two full baths in this private and cozy wing of the apartment. In two of them we find a patriotic pattern party happening, with lots of bright colors to make a morning alarm clock almost unnecessary; sparkly Jonathan Adler light fixtures sit in for sunshine and stars.
A corner master suite is anchored by a more sedate seafoam; open views are a bonus, and lots of closet and storage space are a perk of living in a gracious pre-war apartment. All bathrooms offer radiant heated floors.
The home office gets down to business in serious greys, with custom built-ins and a full bath to make workdays easier. Added to the home’s classic pre-war proportions are thoroughly 21st-century comforts like six zones of air-conditioning, nine zones of Sonos-controlled sound and a full-size vented washer and dryer.
The full-service pre-war cooperative is a quiet overachiever, with a live-in super and fitness and bike rooms at the ready.
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Images courtesy of Sotheby’s
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side