Home Tour: Inside a Glamorous and Bold New York Townhouse
When something works, it really works. So is the case with the partnership between Jordan Carlyle, president of Carlyle Designs, and his clients, a young, artistically inclined couple with a growing family. Repeat clients of the New York-based designer, the family approached Carlyle to design their new home, which is located in the city’s Chelsea neighbourhood.
A pre-war Greek Revival townhouse with a long history of “ultra-chic owners,” the 3,000-square-foot home is almost too good to be true. With three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and hardwood floors throughout, the space is flooded with natural light—a rarity in Manhattan—and has a certain glow the designer describes as “ethereal.” By capitalising on the soft light of the space and introducing bold colours and artwork throughout, Carlyle created a home perfect for the professional pair to grow into.
The unique architecture of the home offers multiple skylights and large windows, which means the soft interiors are flooded with light. “There’s such a beautifully calming presence to it,” the designer shares. “We took advantage of the natural light throughout the entire space and played up the colour you see used in the furnishings and artwork.”
Open-minded clients—she’s a jewellery designer whose wares are carried at Barneys, he’s a powerful marketing strategist—described by the designer as “the ultimate creative power couple,” the homeowners were already fans of Carlyle’s work, having hired the designer before.
Trust already firmly in place, Carlyle and his team were given total creative freedom to craft this artistic, glamorous space. “Having designed previous homes for this client, I already had a good sense of their aesthetic and love for transitional, Art Deco, and abstract design styles,” the designer shares.
Having artistic inclinations themselves, Carlyle’s clients were game to use large-scale patterns and rich upholstery to decorate their space. “We all agreed that this home could handle bold statements and we kind of just felt that bold is beautiful,” he shares.
Inspired by a vintage piece, the custom dining table combines beautiful form with requested function. “The square table was ideal for this unique space,” the designer says. “The table’s size offered maximum seating and tabletop space per our client’s request.”
“The nursery was truly a labour of love. It was very exciting to create that type of environment,” Carlyle shares. “This is a space that should evoke a sense of playfulness, wonderment, and relaxation.”
When asked for advice on decorating children’s spaces, the designer is direct. “Keep it simple, functional, and whimsical,” he shares.
Though given artistic freedom to design this space for a client the designer already had a relationship with, the project was not without its difficulties.
“The actual delivery of furniture was a challenge,” Carlyle says. “The hallways, staircases, and doorways are extremely narrow, as this is a landmark home and the majority of the layout is still true to the original plan from 1910.”
“Overall, the project was amazing and we had so much fun designing it,” Carlyle concludes. “They are definitely one of my favourite clients.” Like we said, when it works, it works.