Style icon and famous TV personality, Tim Gunn, has a unique “make it work” philosophy that he’s followed his whole life. He states that “it is possible to use whatever tools you have to create something you are proud of and to get the job done.” Tim has become famous as a mentor who has inspired a number of fashion designers on Project Runway. He also instantly gathered the attention of the public when he started to work on the interior decoration of his own Upper West Side apartment. His home is now filled with stylish furniture, family heirlooms and timeless artwork that all have a story to tell. It’s a 1,700 square foot soothing place where he can escape from the everyday rush. As some of the features of his apartment can only be silently observed and marveled at, others may serve as an inspiration to many of you who would like to play with design of their own little kingdoms.
The Choice of Colors
Gunn prefers earthy tones when it comes to the choice of hues for the living-room and the dining area. The moment he bought the apartment he knew that an aubergine hue is out of the question. Instead, he planned to have a neutral backdrop with ochre as the main hue, being inspired by a trip to Bath in England. Ochre blends perfectly with traditional paintings, antique furniture and rich wood. He managed to achieve a relaxing and serene atmosphere in the living-room by placing a camel-hue sofa in the middle and chairs from Pottery Barn. If soothing canvas, wood and serenity appeal to you, there’s a piece of advice you should take into account.
The elegant guest bedroom is equally inspirational as the rest of the apartment. A persimmon bench in a rich color makes a warm welcome, while the bed is covered with sage toile and topped with pillows made from antique tapestries. The whole apartment is full of vintage pieces that give a sense of history, like a vintage rug inspired by the bright tones of an antique armoire from East Asia. The story that these historical pieces tell is what makes the atmosphere so unique. There is a magnificent architectural model on the table in the formal dining area, made by Timothy Richards, an artist who replicated real buildings in the USA and England. “I have at least a dozen and I’m crazy about them”, Gunn stated.
The Enchanting Terrace
The real focal point of the apartment is certainly its European-inspired terrace. Antonio Parrotta, a landscape designer, mentored Gunn for this specific purpose. The terrace is definitely a stunning piece of haven, including antiques, seating nooks and lots of greenery. No matter what size, turning the terrace into a serene place requires a few steps and some interesting garden design ideas. Gunn made an interesting choice of putting a mirror in an outdoor space, as it reflects the garden and the surrounding space and it’s not something people would expect. There are amazing professional garden landscaping ideas you can make use of if you decide to consult with a pro. For instance, shrubs, flowering plants and potted trees of different heights would be a good choice if you want to steal the beauty of Gunn’s NY haven.
Spending time in Gunn’s apartment must feel like being in a classy, airy townhouse. He wanted to create his own sanctuary where he would be able to relax and recharge, away from the hectic NY life. Filling the home with treasures and art pieces of his preference is what makes the atmosphere so special. While making plans for redecorating your own home, you may freely turn to Gunn if you want to give your inspiration a boost. You’ll find he’s a true interior guru!