Home Tour: A Jewel-Toned Upper East Side Townhouse
Step inside the Upper East Side home of Jared Seligman and you’ll instantly realise that he’s a man of luxury. The president of the Jared Seligman Team, a real estate company that specialises in rare and unique properties in New York City, Seligman knows his way around a quality home. Traditional furnishings and décor are given new life when set against a backdrop of vibrant hues in his enviable apartment. Take the full tour below to see the entire lavish interior.
A scarlet red paint job excites the entryway, which is filled with one of Seligman’s favourite collections. “I love collecting dog portraits,” he shares. “I picked up my first few at the late Brooke Astor's auction at Sotheby's a few years ago and have kept my eye out for great ones ever since. I was in Palm Beach last weekend and found a pair of Cavalier oil paintings. A few months ago I was in London and found the most amazing 19th-century pug portrait. I felt like I won the lottery!”
“I’ve always been fascinated and intrigued by design,” says Seligman. “Both of my grandmothers have excellent taste, as well as my mother. Just recently she made her own wallpaper design in my sister’s old bedroom and then turned my pajama pants into a throw pillow! I think being exposed to good style at a young age made me aware of the impact of good design.”
Although the furnishings are traditional and the décor mostly antique, the overall feeling of Seligman’s place is decidedly fresh. In the living room, for example, bright green paint creates the perfect, vibrant backdrop. "I wanted something that was high-drama and rich in colour, but not too dark. After over 15 paint samples, I knew this was the one.”
The gallery wall in the living room mixes traditional portraits with contemporary favourites, like a piece by Jenna Snyder Phillips. “It all happened by accident,” says Seligman. " I had so many different little pieces of art that I wanted to display, and when I bought that 18th-century French portrait of a musician at a flea market in Paris, I had nowhere to put it but there! “
It’s no surprise that Seligman has always had a penchant for grand, dramatic, and exotic design. “I love Elsie de Wolfe, Sister Parish, and, of course, Dorothy Draper, because so many of their designs are still relevant so many years later,” says Seligman. “There are also so many talented designers right now that are huge inspirations like Nick Olsen, Studio Soffield, Ryan Korban, Robert Couterior, Courtney Applebaum, and Miles Redd.”
“My favourite piece in the apartment,” says Seligman, “is a pair of 19th-century French armchairs that I got from Huguette Clark’s auction that I reupholstered in a mustard mohair.”
“I have had about four cocktail tables in the past two years,” he says. “My dogs ate two and the other two weren't working for me. One day, I was at one of my favourite antique stores and saw this one and had to inquire. It’s a faux-painted prop from a movie set and they were selling it for around $100!”
One gets the feeling that Seligman’s apartment is a slice of what life used to be like in New York City. His refined sensibility has a Gatsby-like grandeur, which you find at uptown establishments like The Plaza Hotel and Tavern on the Green. Besides old New York, Seligman also cites the English countryside and Paris as locales that inspire him.
Seligman decided to make the bedroom a bit calmer, an environment we’re sure he needs after long days closing deals on Manhattan’s best real estate. However, he still filled it with a couple of his favourite things, like bamboo and the colour orange.
“I love the story in my bedroom with the dresser and two chairs anchoring it,” he says. The photograph above the dresser is a portrait by Harry Benson of Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow leaving Truman Capote’s notorious Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in 1966.
Harry Benson Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow at Truman Capote Black and White Ball, 1966 ($10000)
It may seem like Seligman had the time of his life decorating his uptown pad, but it came with its fair share of challenges. “It can be hard to take a step back and edit, when you want to do so many things in one space,” he says. Clearly, his editor’s eye is astute and his inherited taste top-tier.
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