Harlem Brownstone Transformation
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A Home For Two1 of 9
After years of focusing on her career and not making marriage a priority, decorator Elaine Griffin married psychoanalyst Michael McGarry in a whirlwind romance. For Griffin, renovating and decorating her first “married” [brownstone] was a fairy tale, at least at the outset. But when she showed the plans to her husband, he shot back: “Where do I go?” In one of her biggest decor challenges, Griffin turned her dream home into their dream come true. Take a look inside.
Blended Beauty2 of 9
In the living room of Elaine Griffin and Michael McGarry’s apartment in an 1890s Harlem brownstone, the Victorian oak mantel and tile fireplace surround are original, and the antique owl andirons were found at a Paris flea market; the Louis XVI–style sofa is dressed with pillows from Gracious Home and HomeGoods, the custom-made sofa by the window is upholstered in a Kravet velvet, and the small cocktail table is by Niermann Weeks.
Color Blocking3 of 9
Louis XV–style chairs from a Paris flea market surround an IKEA table in the dining area; the walls are painted in Sergeant by Ralph Lauren Paint.
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Literary Throne4 of 9
Artworks by Hunt Slonem (left) and Josef Albers in the living room; the chairs are Regency style.
Designer Inspiration5 of 9
In Griffin’s office, the desk is by CB2, and the bulletin board was custom made by New York Blackboard; the walls are painted in Ralph Lauren Paint’s Prince.
High & Low Chic6 of 9
A Napoléon III chair in the living room is upholstered in Tony Duquette’s Tibetan Sun cotton, and urns from HomeGoods are displayed on a console draped in a fabric by Ralph Lauren Home.
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Marriage Retreat7 of 9
In the master bedroom, a vintage Indian tapestry from Vajra Tibet hangs above a bed dressed in linens by Signoria and Matouk; the coverlet is an antique wedding sari, and the chest of drawers and mirror are vintage.
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Modern Touch8 of 9
A lamp by Shades of Light on an antique wicker trunk.
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Stacked In Style9 of 9
McGarry’s study has a trestle-base desk and Lucite chair by IKEA, a butterfly collection found at a Paris flea market, and a vintage globe displayed on a set of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World; walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Soot.
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