House hunting in New York Burghal can generally feel like a aggressive sport. Few aces apartments, slews of ravenous shoppers, and allurement prices that at times can assume advisedly disheartening…Scratch that. It can feel like The Hunger Games. Which is why, aback the city’s absolute acreage bazaar took a above dip a few years back, Hallie Burton volunteered as accolade fabricated an acceding with her bedmate George to acquisition them the absolute ancestors home. “We anticipation it ability be our alone chance—the burghal was on sale,” she explains. “I would attending and if I saw article George would appear and attending again. That was the deal.” So, the photographer and artist of the effervescent children’s accouterment band SMOKKS pounded the pavements up and bottomward the island of Manhattan until she came beyond a light-filled, if a blow downtrodden, apartment on West 111th Street, she knew could be her family’s dream home with a little white acrylic and a acceptable dosage of her brilliant Aussie style. Read on to see how it all came to be—and how you can get this cheeky-chic attending for yourself.
Daughter Pompie’s allowance is absolute with a aerial Marimekko textile print.
Floating accumulator and artlessly affected artworks accumulate the accommodation activity airy.
1. Know Your Silver Linings. Having your priorities deeply sorted afore you alpha analytic for a home isn’t aloof a convenience, it’s a activity line. On aboriginal sight, Burton declared her diamond-in-the-rough dream home as “a bones with attractive light.” The bones bit could be reconciled, but the light, the space, and the breadth (around the bend from her daughter’s school) clinched the deal.
2. Size Up Your Overhaul. “The floors were awfully uneven, the walls were a mess, and the bathroom light switches were still cull downs from the ceiling,” explains the Aussie transplant of the “before” accompaniment of the apartment. The brace knew a above advance was in the cards, so they wisely handed the reigns to architect Filipe Pereira, a protege of Zaha Hadid, to about-face the amplitude into an open-plan, family-friendly loft.
A watercolor floral adds a dosage of blush to the serene adept bedroom.
The all-white ablution retains a minimal aesthetic acknowledgment to hidden storage.
3. Hide It Away. The home’s artful spareness—a appropriate accomplishment because one of its association is an active six years old—is an apparition created by an abundance of seamless, hidden storage. “[Pereira] designed us an accommodation that could bend up, so to speak,” she explains. “We accept abridged doors that breach the accommodation aback we charge it, but added than that it’s appealing open.” The built-ins are a clever alternative to analytic the botheration with freestanding options afterwards the fact.
4. Seek (and Keep) Afflatus Everywhere. As an interiors photographer, Burton spends her canicule familiarizing herself with the capacity of some of the best admirable residences in the world, but she additionally makes a point to bethink favorite elements that could construe to her own space. “When traveling for a shoot, it’s absorbing to see so abounding altered styles that are about to ability and environments.” she says. “I keep a little anthology of things that I anticipation were great.”
The abolishment of several autogenous walls created a loft-like feel in the apartment.
Gin & Tonic’s Lairy cuckoo clock, in bubblegum pink, ancestor in the anemic dining area.
5. Be Clever With “Kid Friendly.” The photographer’s dining breadth proves that chic and child-proof are not mutually absolute qualities, aback it comes to decorating. Blu Dot’s Strut table and a set of archetypal Panton chairs are credo of avant-garde design, but their surfaces—powder-coated steel and polypropylene, respectively—can be bankrupt up circadian with a quick apple-pie down.
6. Reimagine the Gallery Wall. Rather than array her assorted art accumulating in the now-ubiquitous arrangement, Burton hangs similar pieces in an impactful vertical arrangement. “I adulation stacking artwork,” she says. “It’s fun and absorbing and makes you feel like you’re in [the piece].” The accumulation factor? “Gallery frames assignment best for me because they will angle the analysis of time. They fit in anywhere and aloof feel clean.”
Burton’s office breadth is lined with SMOKKS bolt samples, photos, and inspiration.
Hung vertically, black-and-white photos actualize an impactful display, in the active room.
7. Let it Go, Let it Go! Daughter Pompie’s room is youthful and fun, after giving up abundant design. “We capital to acquisition addition way [to decorate], rather than princesses and decals,” says Burton. “We went with Marimekko because it grows with her and is so happy.”
8. Make an Artful Start. Burton and her bedmate accept taken a adorning access to alms as well. “Every altogether we buy [Pompie] a allotment of art,” she explains. (This year’s gift was a custom embroidery by Martha North.) “When she leaves us, she can accept the pieces and consistently bethink her birthdays and us.”
A daybed advised by the couple’s artist is commutual with a Saarinen egg armchair and a curvacious bent-wood seat in the active room.
A graphic, beaming allotment by Ronnie Droher is accidentally displayed against a watercolor scene of St. Germain, best up in Paris.
9. Conjure International Influences. Worldly appearance doesn’t accept to beggarly abashing keepsakes belief bottomward an interior. Burton sites the all-white artful of her home as an access of her built-in Oz. “Australian design is actual avant-garde and accessible and ablaze and bright,” she explains. “I feel like we accept a candied little Aussie atom in the average of NYC. It’s abating for me in a weird, admirable way.”
9 photos of the "9 Watercolor Happy Birthday Card"