The clients, a financier and a tech entrepreneur, wanted a cosy retreat to counterbalance their busy lifestyle and to accommodate two daughters and a steady stream of house guests. See ourDesign house: This elegant home in New York is a calming oasis in the busy city, designed by Amy Kalikow


The main floor features a combined living/dining area that showcases an eclectic art collection and a library for the voracious literary appetite of the homeowners. The dining table is flanked by a banquette covered with a custom Suki Sheema textile. Adjacent is a small TV/family room punctuated by a bright red Ligne Roset sofa. The innate charm of the Cromwell building’s oak herringbone floors, steel spiral staircase, oversized patio, and separated living spaces was a draw. Not surprisingly, however, the 100-year-old unit was in need of modernisation.


On the second floor, and up the oak-and-steel staircase, is a small office and a bedroom with two beds for the daughters in a unique head-to-toe configuration that is crafted in figured maple and features built-in storage.


The ceiling, a deep magenta, adds a richness to the space and ties together the room’s elements which are rendered in wood, textures, and layers. Also, on the second floor is a bathroom, a small kitchenette, and a gracious balcony overlooking the busy cityscape below.


The open spaces of the circular stairwell that continues up to the third-floor feature integrated wooden shutters that slide down to create privacy for the whole second floor. Continuing up the stairs is a generous master bedroom and master bath. See ourDesign house: Small, elegant home with smart storage, designed by Heidi Caillier


The master bathroom is clad, wall-to-wall, in hand-made, brightly-colored Moroccan tile. Existing parquet floors were preserved and refinished. Photography/ Gabe Border Interior design/ Mutuus Studio (opens in new tab)