The Silk Building, which dates back to 1908, is one of New York’s most prestigious residential structures – and the penthouse is one of the world’s best homes.  Naturally, therefore, this penthouse has attracted a host of celebrity owners, including singer Cher who was the first owner. She purchased the unit after the building’s transition to residences and lived there until 1990, when she sold it to entrepreneur Russell Simmons for $1.6 million.  Musician Keith Richards also once lived in the Silk Building – where he owned two floors and a recording studio.    Grammy-winning singer Britney Spears, who is best known for her songs Toxic and Gimme More, later purchased the penthouse and lived there for four years. She combined two units to create the apartment as you see it today: a 3,785 square foot home with four bedrooms, a kitchen, and a grand living space.   The penthouse is now a trove of contemporary decorating ideas that bring a sense of Scandinavia to Manhattan.  The home has a primarily white color scheme that flows from the entryway to the main living space, bedrooms, and a marble bathroom. There is a curated selection of houseplants, artworks, and vibrant textiles that bring the right amount of color to the neutral-hued space.   The main space has also reset living room rug ideas with its statement floor covering that interrupts the white and wooden tones – and acts as a focal point whilst complimenting the cream furnishings.  The apartment’s architecture pays homage to its century-old heritage – and its vibrant Noho postcode with its tall ceilings and wooden fireplaces that are around the home. There is also a secret wet bar in the primary suite. The kitchen exhibits subway tiles alongside book-matched marble that matches the en-suite.  Beyond these chic interiors, the penthouse epitomizes urban garden ideas with its 400-square-foot outdoor terrace that is decorated with gray furnishings and fairy lights. This space includes views over Greenwich Village and the Empire State Building, naturally. Ian Slater of Compass currently holds the $6.995 million listing. Photos courtesy of (opens in new tab).