High Design High Rise
I was flattered when powerhouse New York real estate broker and Bravo star Ryan Serhant and his wife, Emilia Bechrakis, reached out to me for their Soho penthouse renovation. After all, they had seen the work of countless NYC designers, and after interviewing many...they chose me!
The couple was looking to transform their penthouse from blank-slate new construction into a hip, chic, sophisticated home where the young couple could grow their family and entertain on a regular basis. There was only one caveat — their timeline was ultra tight!
I love a challenge, so I quickly started by incorporating modern elements and glam touches—details that would suit their life in NYC, yet still create a cozy, welcoming everyday home for Ryan and Emilia. I turned to color—fuchsia and purple, his favorites, and rich navy blue, her go-to. From there, I worked at lightning speed to help marry their tastes to match their lifestyle.
They couldn’t have been happier with the stunning result! The home is now grounded by a neutral palette with pops of rich, distinctive color throughout to balance their tastes. Despite the tight timeline, I was able to call in a few favors and get custom-made furnishings made in record time. All the special details really came together to help them live comfortably, entertain beautifully, and start their lives together.
This view of the living room shows the natural flow between the living spaces. Neutral colors create a calming backdrop and respite from busy life.
The open floor plan allows for easy entertaining. Guests can move easily through the living room to the dining area and the kitchen.
The purple and fuchsia details in this living room are a great example of how using bold pops of color adds energy and drama to a room. Learn more about how to design with this color palette here.
Sometimes the smallest touches make the biggest impact in design. Case in point: Robin added the special detail of a leather strap to the upholstered sofa.
A perfect example of how to use color in subtle and unexpected places: painting the inside curve of the coffee table fuschia, the highlight color of the room.
Robin mixed different fabrics and patterns on the dining chairs. Sometimes, you just have to break the rules!
Ryan’s home office reflects his personality: cool, collected, and fun!
Ryan’s desk looks equally great from all angles. The desk mixes wood and metal elements to make an artistic impact.
In the den, one of the couples’ favorite paintings was used for inspiration and became the focal point of the space.
This close-up shot of the coffee table illustrates how important it is to choose interesting accessories and showcase your personal style.
Robin believes bathrooms are an important room in your home and should be given the same design consideration as any larger space. This guest bathroom features a fun piece of art, giving the small room big personality.
The master bedroom is decorated in monochromatic shades of gray, which serves as the perfect backdrop to highlight the navy blue that Emilia loves. Learn more about how to design with this color palette here.
We created a subtle and stunning focal point for their master bedroom by creating a highlight wall with a textured wallcovering behind the bed.
As in many New York City apartments, the master bedroom needed extra closet space. We designed a built-in dresser and wardrobe. You can never have too much storage!
Always incorporate the largest vanity that your space will allow. The vanity for the master bathroom was custom made so the couple could get ready together when they needed to.
In the guest room, we switched up the palette. We kept the furniture neutral and put the color on the walls to create a serene sanctuary for Ryan and Emilia’s guests.
Our homes are a reflection of who we are…they also help us become who we want to be.
Place objects that inspire and uplift you in key locations throughout your home. Also...a little Feng Shui goes a long way!