Chelsea Mercantile Residence
This casual yet sophisticated design prewar condo is located within the much sought after, prestigious Chelsea Mercantile building in Manhattan, with elegant interiors by the New York based interior designer Jenny Wolf. The 2,000 square-foot residence has been meticulously renovated with no detail spared for a newly retired couple moving back to the city now that their children are grown.
The home’s interior architecture features tall ceilings and oversized windows providing an abundance of natural light throughout. The floorplan has been modernized with a more functional flow that opened the living and dining rooms, making them one large continual space that also flows into the kitchen area. The light and airy interior design is accentuated with a soft and serene, primarily neutral color palette and a multitude of textures. The designer has created an eclectic feel with the refined mixed easily with the casual for a home that is both beautiful and comfortable, and that makes it our design inspiration for today.
The high ceilings have been emphasized with the addition of crown moldings throughout the apartment. Here in the main living room, a coffered ceiling with light blue inset panels draw the eye up where a wood-and-wrought iron Rouleau chandelier overlooks the room. A deep sofa from Lee Industries and a wing chair with nailhead trim from Hickory chair are grouped with a wrought-iron coffee table by Lillian August for Hickory White.
A pair of custom swivel chairs by Lee Industries upholstered in a Quadrille fabric flank a reclaimed-wood coffee table from Noir. The pair of custom pillows are made with a damask applique from Cowtan & Tout. The lamp is by Ro Sham Beaux.
For the dining area, the designer used a much loved antique farm table that already belonged to the couple and designed the space around it, with a few modifications. She had the wooden top simply stained, but had the lower portion distressed and painted with a blue-green milk wash to tie it in with the colors from the kitchen just beyond. A custom dining banquet by Lee Industries anchors the table on one side, with custom dining and side chairs upholstered in fabrics by Cowtan and Tout completing the seating. The space is pulled together on a sisal rug below with a wrought-iron chandelier above. A collection of decorative plates by Astier de Villatte are displayed on the wall.
The couple is passionate about cooking and entertaining, so they already had a pretty good idea of how they wanted the kitchen to be laid out. The design team was able to take their lead and ultimately created for them exactly what they wanted. Wolf redesigned the cabinetry and extended it all the way up to the ceiling to provide for extra storage. Honed Carrara marble is used for the counter-tops with white milk-glass for the back-splash. Top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances have been included except for the final fantastic touch. A beautiful La Cornue range has been paired with a custom stainless steel hood with antique brass rivets from Rangecraft designed by Wolf. The brick walls behind it were made to look distressed and shelves made with reclaimed wood with antique brackets were added to create an aged look. The center island includes a breakfast bar with custom bar-stools by TK Collections. The lights suspended above it are by Currey & Company.
The apartment’s long entry hallway has been transformed from dark and dull to dramatic and inviting. The ceiling has been finished with a high gloss, lacquered Venetian plaster wall paint which reflects light into the windowless space, in addition to adding unexpected color. Framed mirrors, along with antiqued mirrored panels on the doors keep the light moving and sparkling through as well. The walls are covered in Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis wallpaper. The series of black-lacquered lanterns are by Oomph.
A wonderfully delightful powder room has been created with hand-painted Chinese scenic panel wall-coverings from Gracie. A vanity with bamboo detailing by J. Tribble continues the theme, as does the mirror frame. The fixtures are from Waterworks and the contemporary design sconces are from Currey & Company.
The master bedroom features custom bedding from Leontine Linens in New Orleans. The custom draperies are made with Kravet fabric and consist of three layers. The charcoal velvet bench at the foot of the bed is by Hickory Chair. The side tables are by Vanguard Furniture and hold gourd ceramic lamps by Festoni.
The master bathroom features a clean contemporary design in gray and white. Carrara marble is used for the counter-tops with full height frameless mirrors above them, while the floors have been finished with a mosaic design. The fixtures are from Waterworks.
That completes our tour of this completely renovated residence within the 100 year old, limestone clad luxury conversion Chelsea Mercantile building. I hope you all have enjoyed today’s design inspiration. Be sure to check out my other post on a residence by this designer: Urban Loft Bachelor Pad.
Jenny Wolf is Principal Designer at Jenny Wolf Interiors. Dakota Willimon is a designer and project manager at Jenny Wolf Interiors. Dakota collaborated with Jenny on the design of this project. Be sure to check out her website and see my previous article for more information on this talented designer.
Photography: Emily Gilbert
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