photographs by Brittany Ambridge text by BRITTANY CHEVALIER
Colorful bouquets brighten up a black-and-white palette.
“The architect had encouraged us to redesign the
apartment as a proper two-bedroom, but my client
liked the master’s eccentric dimensions,” Howe says. “The goal was to make it livable while maintaining its off-beat character.”
An interior designer transforms
dated NoHo penthouse into a
When Georgia Tapert Howewas
hired to renovate this duplex
penthouse in lower Manhattan, she
knew that its unconventional layout
would be a challenge.
In the living room, Howe removed an oversize fireplace
and installed custom shelving to house her client’s
favorite books and treasures.
The master bedroom’s internal
windows open out onto the
apartment’s two-story living space.
So, instead of getting rid of an open,
stage-like area along one wall of the
bedroom, the designer reimagined the
space to make room for a large walk-in
Filled with reflective surfaces, the entryway
strikes a bright and welcoming vibe.
Howe kept the original layout of the kitchen but updated its color scheme,
appliances, and countertops to maintain a sense of consistency within the
open living area.
Drawing inspiration from
Parisian and Indian interiors,
she struck a balance
between comfort and style,
creating a modern space
rooted in traditional design.
Since her client loves to entertain, Howe found a dining table
large enough to provide ample seating for party guests.
These dining room chairs were custom designed by Charles Hollis Jones, an American artist known for his pioneering use of Lucite and acrylic in furniture production.
To incorporate her client’s love of
Indian textiles, Howe chose a Lisa Fine
fabric to adorn the master bedroom’s
headboard and bed skirt. "My favorite
part of the bedroom is that fabric,"
says Howe. "It's just so much fun."