A home hidden within a landmark enclave on Manhattan’s Upper West Side has been transformed by interior designer Crystal Sinclair into a modern residence that invokes the carefree spirit of the 1970s. Located inside a transformed prewar building, 393 West End Avenue, the residence incorporates an array of geometric shapes, warm tones and predominantly vintage finds. Crystal Sinclair took the unique approach of decorating the ceilings with thoughtful colors and vibrant patterns as an overarching design theme, spotlighting them as works of art throughout the home.
The 2,435-square-foot home features 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, and is infused with a perfectly-juxtaposed collection of vintage, contemporary and bespoke furnishings – including Moroccan rugs of Crystal Sinclair’s design. Nearly 80% of the furniture is vintage, sourced from markets around the world, including Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark and Brazil, creating an eclectic space that feels inviting. These pieces are complemented by Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, and furniture pieces by Vladimir Kagan and Raymond Loewy.
CetraRuddy’s kitchen design offers a foundation featuring custom cabinetry with fluted glass and an antique bronze finish, with handpicked variegated smoked oak. The Naica quartzite countertop features subtle gold veining. The designer further enhanced the space by adding pink-toned wavy counter stools by Cuff Studios in contrasting nubby and velvet textures.
The hallway’s ceiling features square-trim millwork that was painted it a softer shade of pink. Lush creamy white geometric runners, hand-woven with sheep’s wool in Morocco, soften the hallway.
The primary bedroom has a 19th-century tapestry sourced from Form Atelier in New York City. The room features various tones of white, including an oversized cream blanket that drapes over the mattress. An antique dresser from the early 19th century and vintage accessories coexist with modern chrome sconces.
The children’s bedroom is furnished with a custom-designed white bunk bed complete with a slide. A built-in bookcase with a bench adds a practical element.
The guest bedroom includes Fine and Dandy wallpaper, white bed frame, enveloped in white cotton bedding by The Company Store, a pair of black and white striped Made Goods nightstands and a vintage wooden dresser.
Situated within the landmark West End Collegiate Historic District – a quiet enclave that exudes the cinematic charm of iconic New York films such as When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail – 393 West End Avenue is a storied building originally designed by architects Goldner & Goldner and constructed in 1927. It features Collegiate Gothic architecture and original 1920s details that have been preserved by CetraRuddy.
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