When Hallie Burton and her husband George Yannopoulos started looking for an apartment two years ago, they knew they wanted to be in the Upper West Side. It felt like the perfect family neighborhood for them – sandwiched between two beautiful parks, Central Park and Riverside Park – and there were great schools for when four-year-old daughter, Pompie, is ready. The only downside? The actual state of the apartment. It needed a major overhaul. But the couple loved the area so much, they put in an offer, found an architect and got to work. Hallie likened the experience to being pregnant – everyone had unsolicited advice and renovation horror stories for them, but things went so well that George actually went into business with the contractor. (You can get in touch them at firstname.lastname@example.org) And the best part of all? Hallie says that their home is so relaxing that when they walk through the door, they just feel their shoulders settle down and the stress of the city melts away. Thanks, Hallie, George and Pompie! And a big thanks to Hallie for all the beautiful photos. -Amy
Image above: This is where we do most of our living. We always eat together as a family and talk about our day (and with a 4-year-old – our big feelings!) We bought this table and chairs about 8 years ago. I think it was the first serious thing we bought together, and we bought it with the thought of having a family one day. It is classic and easy to wipe down (from Blu Dot). The chairs are Verner Panton and are so unbelievably comfortable. The pink cuckoo clock was a wedding gift and our favorite! There’s just something so happy about it! And hanging behind the table is the first piece of major artwork that we bought together – a work by a famous Thai Buddhist tapestry master, Jakai. At night, the sequins are visible and it says “will work for champagne.” The heavy white curtain on the left hides our home office. The paper chandelier was a love gift from my George, it’s the Zettel Z light by German designer Ingo Maurer. It’s full of love letters from around the world – as well as our own.
Image above: This bed is a dream. It was designed and handmade by our architect Filipe Pereira. The headboard is a watercolor on linen by a British artist. Filipe also custom made the gorgeous side tables. The lights are Tolomeo wall shades by Artemide. The bed linen is linen bedding from Restoration Hardware.
See more of Hallie’s NYC home after the jump!
Image above: We love our kitchen. It’s a system by German company Leicht (There is one big drawer behind the counter that includes a built-in dishwater and fridge). The appliances are Miele and Liebherr. The counters are Cellador (marble dust). The counter stools are my favorite. They are by Mater Ethical Living/Copenhagen. I had my eye on these for years. The vase/vessel is by Swedish glass designer Henry Dean.
Image above: The custom made/designed floating credenza is by architect/designer Filipe Pereira. The vintage vessels atop the credenza were found in Chicago. The baby grand sized for a 4-year-old and mini chair are from Little Nest. The photography wall is my own work.
Image above: Our living room is actually long and narrow so we had to have a custom sofa made. It is another piece designed by our architect Filipe Pereira, it’s about 9.5 feet long and 3.5 feet deep so the whole family fits. The tables are vintage, the rocker is Eames and the armchair is by Cherner. The floor lamp is Philippe Starck Rosy Anglis – a real favorite. We bought the painting on our honeymoon in Indonesia.
Image above: The magic office space that is hidden behind the white curtain in the dining room. The floor-to-ceiling curtain runs the entire length of the wall and completely hides our wood space. The chair is Verner Panton and the vase is by Henry Dean.
Image above: A little detail of the office with some gorgeous liberty print samples for our girls line, smokks. All of our smocks are made with these divine fabrics.
Image above: This is Pompie’s room. We tried to make a room that was happy and bright without being too princess. So we settled on a Marimekko theme. I had a green Unikko growing up so I wanted to keep the tradition alive and Pompie just loves her room like crazy. It’s a small room so we went up and installed these Oeuf Bunks. Her mini egg is from Little Nest, and her side table is Kartell Componibili. The floor tiles from Flor are just fantastic. The bedding is from Marimekko. “Loving you is easy cause your beautiful” was her first artwork for her first birthday by Rachel Castle and the other gorgeous watercolor paintings were commissioned by darling friend and artist Heidi Moore Gill. I’m Australian so the Aussie artists have a special place in my heart!
Image above: The center of our play area is the fantastic storage in the ducduc play table. The modern doll house and the canvas fairy house (big enough for all of us!) are from Land of Nod. On the wall is a vintage map of Australia given to us by a dear friend (and found on eBay). The wood block prints from UK artist Coulson Macleod were again love gifts from George – because love is worthwhile! The floor tiles by Flor move everywhere with us.
Image above: A detail from Pompie’s room. This artwork is a personal favorite – it was Pompie’s first! Her shelving is from Design within Reach, and displays our favorite family project – our Smokks kids line. Our favorite smock “Winnie” hangs here in liberty print Betsy D. The apple and bird house are special, heartfelt gifts from her aunt. They have a special place on the shelf and in Pompie’s heart.