The Manhattan House Residences Blogger Tour

I recently attended an open house/tour hosted by Beth Feldman of Project You Magazine and Journalist and Author Tamsen Fadel, at the The Manhattan House Residences on East 66th Street in NYC.

The Manhattan House Blogger Tour

Note: I was invited as media to this event. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Written by guest blogger, Scherrie Donaldson, who blogs on Thirty Mommy a resource for women...especially parents who want to balance family life with their busy demanding lives in the city.

The buildings have been re-engineered to merge its Modernist legacy with exemplary features of contemporary living and exceptional services and amenities. There are a number of luxury condominiums available for purchase ranging in size from 1 bedroom/1 bath to 4 bedrooms/4.5 bath units.

Designed in 1950 and Landmarked in 2007, Manhattan House is an icon of Modernist architecture. Architect Gordon Bunshaft, the visionary behind Manhattan’s Lever House, imbued it in every respect with the principles of purity, quiet charisma and uncompromised functionality.

The amenities include: 24 hour doorman, full time residence manager, on-site valet parking services, Rooftop Manhattan Club, Exhale Mind Body Spa & Fitness Club, yoga studio, private garden (designed by Sasaki Associates), Playroom (designed by Roto architects), bicycle/stroller storage, cold storage, pet friendly, valet dry cleaners, and five star hotel concierge services.

The Manhattan House Residences Blogger Tour

The apartments are spacious ranging from 948-3500 square feet and all have concrete devising walls, solid coredoors and custom plaster moldings. The residences boast white oak floors, new custom high-performance acoustic and energy efficient windows, windowed kitchens, custom wood cabinetry, Viking Professional Series Appliances, front loading washer/dryer, balconies (above 7th floor), terraces (above 15th floor) and wood-burning fireplaces (above 15th floor).

We toured a few apartments which were not only spacious, but beautifully decorated by Heather Zick, an interior designer who uses the 3 R's whenever she can --Reuse/Resize/Rework and came up with an ideal look for each space. Heather offered a few terrific design tips for optimizing space and money that everyone may find useful:

Heather Zick and Tamsen Fadel at The Manhattan House Blogger Tour
Tamsen Fadel with Heather Zick, Interior Designer, Manhattan House

HEATHER ZICK'S DESIGN IDEAS FOR OPTIMIZING SPACE AND MONEY:

Choose furniture styles and layout wisely:
  • Beds without footboards and chairs without arms are great for smaller spaces
  • Modular furniture that can easily be separated and moved around (example: C606 Master Bedroom chaise can be used with B406 Media Room sectional)
  • Stools and ottomans that can double as tables or additional seating
  • If you have limited wall space, try placing furniture at the end of your bed, behind your sofa or float it in the middle of the room (example: C606 Office desk)
  • Turn convector covers into additional seating by adding cushions and throw pillows
  • See if you can eliminate your dresser from your bedroom by moving it into your closet or by having your closet outfitted with drawers
  • Flex-spaces that can serve more than one purpose (Media Room/Play Room or Guest Bedroom/Office)
Finishes:
  • If you find something you like, but don’t love the color of it, buy it anyway - strip and stain it a color you do like (example: C606 Office tripod floor lamp and Dining Room mirrors)
  • Buy commercial-grade wallpaper that looks like a grass-cloth or some other natural material but is actually vinyl, which is less expensive and more durable (example: C606 Dining Room and B406 Master Bedroom)
  • Paint moulding and trim the same color as the walls to make the room feel larger and more uniform
  • For furniture and frame touch-ups use Sharpie markers and White-out or find a paint color that matches and buy a sample pot
Art, Accessories and Area Rugs:
  • Take your own photographs and have them printed on photo paper or canvas (example: B406 Dining Room)
  • If you see an expensive piece of art you like, commission a friend or local art student to create an interpretation of it
  • Shop in the flower district for candle holders, trays, vases and silk flowers - create your own floral arrangements (example: C606 Kitchen and Living Room)
  • Shag and sisal rugs are generally inexpensive, versatile and durable - if you like wool and silk rugs, opt for wool and viscose instead which has a similar look and feel but is much less expensive
Lighting:
  • Buy plain white paper lampshades which are the least expensive kind and sponge-paint them for a cool, textural finish and better ambience (example: C606 Guest Bedroom)
  • Buy antique bulbs for light fixtures where the bulbs are visible for a more interesting look – purchasing them online in bulk will be less expensive (example: C606 Foyer light)
Reupholstering/Recovering/Resizing:
  • Shop for fabric in large fabric houses like Mood and B&J - they have some really unique materials, especially in the faux fur and men’s suiting departments
  • Buy throw pillows with removable covers so they can easily be changed - or use an old bedspread or faux fur coat to fabricate your own covers
  • Use a furniture surgeon to adjust a piece to fit in your space rather than buy a new one
  • Have area rugs made from wall-to-wall carpet remnants
 
For more information about Manhattan House Residences, visit: www.manhattanhouse.com




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