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Inside Jessica Hart's Gramercy Park apartment

The Property Addict / Distinct Dwellings

Aug 07 2017

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When Jessica Hart split from her longtime boyfriend earlier this year, her friend Lauren Santo Domingo promptly set her up on a blind date"â?with a decorator. "We got together and it was like a match made in heaven," says Hart of Remy Renzullo, whom she hired immediately. (A Cartagena house for Santo Domingo's family is among the rising design star's ­other projects.) JessicaHart4 Newly settled into a light-flooded one-bedroom apartment overlooking Gramercy Park, Hart was faced with the pressing ­matter of editing the contents of her life: What she gained in 14-foot ceilings she lost in square footage. Still, she says, "I came across this and was like, "Ë?Wow. This is where I want to wake up.' " To make it work she decided to sleep in the loft above the ­kitchen and turn the bedroom into a spacious closet. "A genius idea," says Renzullo. The closet's twin-size window seat, cushioned with Le Manach's Balmoral flower pattern, serves as a guest bed, and the walls are painted with Farrow & Ball's vermilion Blazer in a nod to the opulent interiors of Paris's Hà ´tel Costes. Hart's impressive wardrobe is overseen by a home organizer who visits twice a week to curate, giving the room the air of a chic vintage boutique. JessicaHart6 JessicaHart7 Renzullo arranged the open living area into vignettes, ­mixing feminine pieces with midcentury ones and centering the space on a needlepoint rug Hart found in Greece. The dining area is fitted with a George Nelson table, a window seat covered in Kuba cloth, and 1970s Wicker Works chairs. Art includes Richard Prince and Enoc Perez portraits starring Hart. And floor-to-ceiling green velvet curtains perfectly mimic the trees outside so "you get the greenness of the park ­year-round," says Renzullo. JessicaHart9 JessicaHart3 The welcoming space lends itself well to informal dinners and movie nights; three of Hart's ­closest friends live in the neighborhood and are regulars. "We have a Gramercy Girls group text," she says, noting that the previous night they binge-watched The Handmaid's Tale. JessicaHart1 The only thing the apartment, which Hart cheekily refers to as her bachelorette pad, isn't designed for is guests of a more romantic nature. The loft cozily fits a twin bed well appointed in D. Porthault's Tulipe Perroquet. "This place is all about me," Hart says. She then adds with a wink: "There are plenty of other beds in this city."   Jane Keltner De Valle Originally published in Architectural Digest Save Save



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