Chelsea Mercantile Residence
This casual yet sophisticated prewar condo is located within the much sought after, prestigious Chelsea Mercantile building in Manhattan. The elegant interiors are by the New York based interior designer Jenny Wolf. The 2,000 square-foot Mercantile residence is 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 over-sized windows providing an abundance of natural light throughout. The modernized floorplan provides a more functional flow that opens the living and dining rooms, making them one large continual space that also flows into the kitchen area. A soft and serene, primarily neutral color palette and a multitude of textures accentuate the light and airy interior design. The designer created an eclectic feel where the refined mixes easily with the casual for a home that is both beautiful and comfortable. That makes this Mercantile residence our design inspiration for today.
Crown moldings throughout the apartment emphasizes the high ceilings. 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 group 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 pulls together on a sisal rug below with a wrought-iron chandelier above. A collection of decorative plates by Astier de Villatte display 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 lay 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 forms 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 pairs with a custom stainless-steel hood with antique brass rivets from Rangecraft designed by Wolf. The distressed brick walls and shelves made with reclaimed wood with antique brackets create an aged look. The center island includes a breakfast bar with custom TK Collections bar-stools. Currey & Company lights suspend above.
The apartment’s long entry hallway transforms from dark and dull to dramatic and inviting. A high gloss, lacquered Venetian plaster wall paint covers the ceiling reflecting light into the windowless space. It also adds unexpected color. Framed mirrors, along with antiqued mirrored panels on the doors keep the light moving and sparkling through as well. Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis wallpaper covers the walls. The series of black-lacquered lanterns are by Oomph.
Hand-painted Chinese scenic panel wall-coverings from Gracie creates a delightful powder room. A vanity with bamboo detailing by J. Tribble continues the theme, as does the mirror frame. The fixtures are from Waterworks and the contemporary sconces are from Currey & Company.
The master bedroom features custom bedding from Leontine Linens in New Orleans. Custom curtains made with three layers of Kravet fabric drape the windows. 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 forms the counter-tops with full height frameless mirrors above them. A mosaic design covers the floors. The fixtures are from Waterworks.
Jenny Wolf’s Mercantile Residence
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 enjoyed today’s design inspiration.
To see another residence by this designer be sure to see: 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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