Better than backstage passes to the Grammys, this triplex penthouse once belonged to Lenny Kravitz and is now being sold by Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz.
With over 6,000 square feet of space — including five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a private spa — it is a home worthy of music industry legends, but for a mere $15 million, it is available to lesser mortals.
Click through to take a peek at this luxurious SoHo apartment.
We are longtime fans of interior decorator Kyle Schuneman and were excited to see a story from Sunset magazine about his tips for decorating a rental.
Kyle is a believer in making every space work for you, no matter how temporary. He offers ideas for fixes that aren't permanent (peel and stick wallpaper) or expensive (paint!) that can translate to even the most desperate of rentals.
For a sampling of his tips read on!
After several attempts to sell his apartment overlooking Gramercy Park, Karl Lagerfeld has finally made a deal.
Lagerfeld sold his three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo at 50 Gramercy Park North for $4.5 million, according to the New York Post. He paid $6.69 million for it in 2006, and though he had it renovated, he never moved in. CasaSugar reported last March that the home had been relisted for $5.2 million.
Investor Sebastian Barrack bought the fashionable apartment, which features a chef's kitchen, a system of automated curtains, and an open floor plan spanning 2,150 square feet. A look at the listing photos here in the gallery.
Photos via Douglas Elliman.
Allow us to set the scene — you just moved into a killer apartment (hooray!), but are in dire need of decorating direction. Luckily, Gilt Home Creative Director Tom Delavan can help. Aside from having interior design cred (you may remember him as Domino's former editor at large), Tom's new Gilt Home collection proves that his product design prowess is just as sharp. We caught up with him to get his top five tips — from furniture selection to layout — for getting settled in. Take it away, Tom!
- Start With a Furniture Plan — Seriously
- Look For Pieces That Are Versatile
Get out the graph paper or use one of the many apps or software programs out there (like Icovia) to draw out your rooms to scale, and place the furniture you need.
Your first apartment won't be your last, so try to go for standard sizes and styles that could make sense in other spaces. I really kept this in mind when designing the Gilt Home Collection — I wanted to create pieces that were versatile and accessible, easy to mix and match, and look great in any space.
Keep reading for more of Tom's tips!
The New York City apartment Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough put on the market this Fall sold fast, but don't worry — Lazaro Hernandez's place is still up for grabs.
Both designers listed their homes for sale on the same day in October, and McCollough's two-bedroom West Village duplex just sold for $1,895,000. But Hernandez recently reduced the asking price for his apartment — which takes up the parlor floor of a townhouse in Chelsea — from $985,000 down to $950,000.
Why both places didn't sell immediately is a mystery: McCollough's light-filled, two-floor apartment has a modern, clean-lined sleekness to it that's warmed up with natural elements like a wall of wood cabinetry in the living room and dark gray stone countertops in the kitchen. There's even a small terrace just steps away from the study.
Hernandez's home is furnished and appointed a little more traditionally: there's a brick fireplace in the living room, which features wooden shutters on its windows. The terrace here is slightly larger than at McCollough's place, and accommodates a table, chairs, and an outdoor sectional.
Speculation has the couple pooling their resources and moving in together, but until then, here's a glimpse of both homes here in the gallery.
Photos via Corcoran.
Earlier today, we featured Kyle Schuneman's first tiny apartment transformation. Now, we're sharing before and after photos from another apartment Kyle vastly improved thanks to some help from HauteLook.
Keep clicking to see how Kyle turned a cramped Manhattan apartment into a positively beachy getaway. If you love what you see in the apartments, you can also shop the products at HauteLook.
We know that moving into a new place can be a big adjustment, but it is an equally fun project. The mantra you should keep in your mind: "Rome wasn't built in a day." Unless you are some sort of designing superwoman with insane resources, chances are it's going to take a little time to get your new place up to par. Whether you're moving to a tiny studio or a large loft, here are a few tips to help you make your new place feel homey and personal as soon as you move in.
- A little living furniture will make a world of difference. Whether you have an old couch you're not sure about or a great dinette set that will hold you over until you find the perfect piece, move your old furniture into your new home. If you're not buying new before you move in, bringing some furniture with you will take the edge off. Not being pressured when you're shopping will allow you the time to wait for the perfect piece you know you'll love and enjoy.
- Make your bedroom your haven. It's going to take a little while to get everything up to your standard, but make sure you have some luxurious linens to cozy up with and ample storage space for your clothes. Trust me when I say that living around boxes for an extended period of time is just no fun.
- Get the fridge stocked. It may be the furthest thing from your mind, but eating out of take-out and pizza delivery for a week is no way to nest. Take a trip to the local grocery store and make sure you have the things you need for ample snacking and a few quick-fix meals. It will be a great break in the action from unpacking all those boxes, help you get acquainted with your new neighborhood, and help you feel like you're at home in not time.
- Introduce a plant or a bouquet of flowers. Things can feel a little stale when you move into a new home. Bringing a little greenery or a pop of pretty natural color will warm things up more than you can imagine. I've said it once and I'll say it again; a little green goes a long way.
Have you moved recently? Do you have any awesome new apartment tips? Be sure to add them in the comments below.
Living in a multigenerational household is becoming a common solution to dealing with money issues. After all, the benefits are plentiful. There's usually someone to look after the children, which means there's no need for expensive daycare costs, and household and utility expenses can be split up among more people. Further, if someone happens to unexpectedly lose her job, those who can afford it can help to pick up the slack temporarily.
The downside to all of this is the lack of privacy you might experience and the sense of losing your independence and peace of mind. Enter granny flats — a solution that may nip the negative effects of living with your mother-in-law in the bud, says Forbes. Here are some examples of granny flats or secondary suits:
- A separate guesthouse in the yard.
- A converted garage space.
- A basement conversion.
- An attic conversion
Of course, these new attachments or separate structures can cost a lot of money to build, and it's not something everyone can afford. There are also many other factors to consider such as special permits needed to build detached units.