Peachy the Magazine December 2013 - Page 52

North Greets South The townhouse is set in the Turtle Bay Neighborhood in Midtown East with “tree-lined streets and neighborhood friendliness” as described by the neighborhood association. It is also home to the United Nations. “The best part of New York is the diversity of the people, the client said. “They come from everywhere to be here especially in Turtle Bay due to the UN.” The home has elevators to both floors and strollers and bikes are easily accessible, adding to the ease of living in the city. On the second floor there are two private bedrooms for the family, with a small play area for their daughter. The first floor accommodates a grand hallway with two en suite bedrooms off a vestibule: one is used as a den, the other as guest room. The kitchen is intimate but large enough for a bistro table with a chair and high chair and attached to it is a gracious keeping room with a large window where the family dines daily. In the entry, a Herve Van der Straeteninspired table was handcrafted by the client in his wood shop on their farm in Hickory, North Carolina. The table is a reminder of his own history of making hand-crafted wares. His mastery of furniture making is seen throughout the house. The tone of the home is that of artful restraint—subject matter very close to my own aesthetic—and the very few and purposeful pieces in the entry immediately tell the visitor that the home is a haven of tasteful choices and masterful pieces. 52 PEACHY