When it comes to home decor, "Project Runway" star Tim Gunn knows how to “make it work.” The fashion guru and his lavish Upper West Side apartment were recently featured in the September issue of Traditional Home, giving readers an inside look at the stylish place he calls home.
Filled with warm, rich colors, the place features elegant art and antiques throughout. In the dining room, the walls are painted ochre, which Gunn says was inspired by a trip to Bath, England. “It’s such a warm color, and it looks great with rich woods and traditional paintings. I like a soothing canvas,” he told the magazine.
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The room also features oval-back Louis XVI chairs and a chandelier from Ballard Designs. On the table sits a miniature architectural model by Timothy Richards of an English estate house.
Pieces like that give the home a sense of history, “a narrative,” Gunn says. Another example is the vintage armoire and antique rug that sit in the guest bedroom. And the canopy bed from Pottery Barn is adorned with pillows made from antique tapestries.
A foyer flooded with natural light is decorated with more antiques and statuary pieces, and lush green plants make it feel like a sanctuary in the city.
Outside, a 500-square-foot terrace adds even more living space to the 1,700-square-foot apartment. Landscape designer Antonio Parrotta created an urban garden featuring potted trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Hanging on one of the outside walls is a mirror framed in hammered metal. “I love putting a mirror in an outdoor space,” Parrotta told the magazine. “It’s unexpected, and the reflected images of the garden are wonderful.”
Gunn can dine alfresco thanks to the hand-forged six-person table featuring a Carrara marble top, and copper lanterns provide light even after the sun goes down. “In New York, having this terrace and this apartment is a true luxury,” Gunn said. “I’m a nester by nature. It feels amazing for me to be able to come home every night and close the front door.”
To see more pictures of Gunn’s gorgeous apartment and terrace garden, visit TraditionalHome.com.