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I have a serious case of apartment-envy...
Thu, 2012-01-26 18:45 | by

Pardon me for harboring one of the seven deadly sins, but I have a serious case of apartment-envy.  I am in the midst of searching for a new place to call home, and after seeing Claude Wasserstein's apartment in Vogue, I am just desperate to find a glass box surrounded by wide, grassy terraces high above Central Park within my price range.  Too bad that is not going to happen.  No bother, because I can sit and look at Claude's home all day - and I don't have to pay a penny toward her monthly maintenance!

Francois Halard photographed the apartment to accompany an interview with Ms. Wasserstein, where she comes off as delightfully down-to-Earth, happily raising her gaggle of children.  She did comment that she wanted a space that felt relaxed and fun for the sake of the kids - something she no doubt accomplished through sumptuous texture, shots of saturated color, and hundreds of square feet of artificial grass.  She had a bit of help from friends Daniel Romualdez, Jeffrey Bilhuber, and Jacques Grange (!), whose combined efforts led to a truly unique and impeccably furnished space.

Take a look at the pics below.  They truly are a feast for the eyes!

I'm going to go ahead and say it - perhaps one of my favorite rooms of all time.  I might opt for a less Hicks-ian wall treatment, but other than that, I am in love.  Amazing color story.  Comfortable layout.  Those yellow chairs with the curled arm.  The gold palm trees.  That red lacquered table.  The big comfy Romualdez sofa.  That gold and blue silk on those bergeres - someone tell me where to find it because I want to upholster my life in it.

Do you have an archway of roses on your roof?  Claude does.  Is this amazing, or what?  It looks like a secret garden... and then you realize that it's in the middle of New York.  Truly a feat of creative gardening.

Gorgeous little tables.  I'll take two.

I'd probably not be daring enough to marry a yellow wall with a black table - but look how fantastic this is!  I love the Alexandre Loge console.  Its shape is outstanding!

I had to do a double-take when I saw this photo.  I mean, we've all seen a fabulous Manhattan terrace here or there - but this takes the prize, hands down.  Artificial grass underfoot, a border of box hedges, and a real tree - all with the skyline in the background!  I just want to roll around on this terrace and look up at the sky.  Absolutely sublime!

All photographs by Francois Halard for Vogue. 

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