Just What the Doctor Ordered
A surgeon’s penthouse in a unique new building is as masculine as it is beautiful.
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The walls are treated in a soft, suede-like finish. Nine-inch crown molding in crisp white gives the condo a stately sense of age. The palette is warm and relaxed, made of the golds, greens, reds and terra-cotta the homeowner came to love in his travels throughout Europe.
He has collected an expansive and eclectic array of art, ranging from a colorful LeRoy Neiman painting of runners to a vintage poster of a matador to an exuberant portrait of Snoopy. Sculptures are artistic interpretations of body joints. He also is fond of family photos and sports memorabilia.
To showcase the sculptures, Ellis designed mahogany bases that elevate the pieces, literally giving them a greater sense of stature. Photographs of relatives and other memorabilia are organized in vignettes, unified by matching mats and frames.
The master bedroom is streamlined and tailored. Trim, floor-length drapes provide privacy, as well as a pop of color, through a whirled pattern with hints of purple.
“It’s whimsical, yet masculine—and it works with Snoopy,” Ellis says.
- In new construction, scrutinize the blueprints to find ways to enhance storage or modify the layout in order to maximize space.
- Don’t like a lot of fuss? Streamline your windows by choosing trim, tailored blinds over large curtains. Options include wood, fabric and metal.
- Consider the great outdoors. In an urban area, think of a balcony or deck as a bit of yard, a place to grow potted plants, read or enjoy alfresco dining.
- Showcase your favorite things. Ellis designed mahogany stands for the homeowner’s Remington bronzes. She put together a cohesive plan for matting, framing and displaying diplomas, articles, family pictures and other mementos.