Courtney Daniels and Gil Schafer’s Upper East Side Abode
I didn’t get a green post together this week so it was perfect that this apartment with its green entry gallery was posted on Architectural Digest today. The Upper East Side home belongs to architect Gil Schafer and his wife interior designer Courtnay Daniels and her two children from her previous marriage. It’s as classic as you could imagine but yet still comfortable and inviting.
A mention of who previously owned the apartment enabled me to find the floorplan and real estate listing photos from 2016. From what I can gather, Courtnay purchased the apartment and moved in and then moving out for renovations that took place in 2018.
It always amazes me that in a city where space is at a premium that so much square feet is dedicated to entry galleries but they really are a wonderful to welcome guests. This one also does double duty as a dining room for dinner parties. I absolutely love the “sludge-green” walls with a bit of sheen that helps to reflect light in the window-less room.
This is the floorplan from 2016. The layout of the apartment remains the same but many architectural changes were added to rooms. The kitchen and maid’s room were combined to create a large eat in kitchen. Built in bookcases were added to the living room and along the wall opposite the windows in the dining room to create a combined library family room with television and a dining table. A wall of closets were also added in the master bedroom.
The living room features Brunschwig & Fils Chintz draperies and new built-in bookcases.
The living room from the 2016 real estate photo. I think it’s possible it was staged with traditional furniture but I’m not certain.
In this photo from Courtnay’s Instagram, you can see that the fireplace was painted white.
“Donald Judd prints hang in the brown-velvet library.”
A view of the dining room from the 2016 real estate listing photo.
In another photo from Courtnay’s Instagram, you can see the wall of built-in bookcases on the back wall that also houses the television. There is a door to the butler’s pantry and kitchen to the right of the built-ins.
A view of the entry gallery from the hallway that leads to two of the bedrooms in this photo from Courtnay’s Instagram.
The kitchen tile is by Heath Ceramics and the shaker-inspired kitchen cabinets have knobs that, Daniels says, “disappear, so you can read the room for what it is”.
A renovation photo from Courtnay’s Instagram shows the window wall where the original kitchen and maid’s room were combined to create a large eat-in kitchen. This is usually done in renovations since very few families have live-in help now.
As for the couple’s bedroom, it was far too large in the decorator’s opinion (“Who needs a ginormous bedroom?”), so she cut the long space down to size by installing closets across one end and then brought in a vast curtained four-post bed. “The bed fills the space,” Daniels says, and the windows are cloaked with curtains made of a creamy wool so thick that she compares the fabric to a sweater, a perfect metaphor for her elegant but laid-back sense of style: “I wanted a space that we can grow into in five years or 20 years by changing a minimal amount of things.Via Architectural Digest
A view of the master bedroom from the 2016 real estate listing photo.
A view of the master bedroom leading into the bathroom from Courtnay’s Instagram.
A Claremont fabric covers Courtnay’s daughter’s bedroom.
A view of the daughter’s bedroom from the 2016 real estate listing photo.