Inspired by the Golden Globe Awards this evening I decided to feature some celebrity style. Nominated for her role in the movie Game Change, Julianne Moore has a hidden treasure in the heart of the West Village, one of my favorite NYC neighborhoods. This weeks House Tour is a peek at Julianne Moore’s historic brownstone and her romantic garden sanctuary. A hip neighborhood of quaint brownstones clustered along tree-lined cobblestone streets remains virtually unchanged since the 19th century.
Inside: High ceilings, oversize moldings, exposed brick and architectural details all add to the character of this brownstone. Modern furnishings sit along side the historic charm of this home to create a warm eclectic aesthetic. Grey walls and crisp white trim allow the character of the brownstone to shine.
I just adore the decision to expose the wood beams and brick in the kitchen. This addition of texture paired with modern cabinetry and lighting creates perfect balance in this space. I am addicted to turquoise so the pop of color is just right for me . Further below, a sleek and simple entryway with massive art and mirrors to complement the ceiling height and expansive walls.
The master bedroom continues the theme of simple modern furnishings coupled with a cool color scheme. The bathroom is truly unique in the decision to center the the tub in the room adjacent to the fireplace (wouldn’t that be nice).
Outside: How lovely to have a romantic, garden sanctuary in NYC. Designer Brian Sawyer was brought in to create this outdoor oasis. Julianne saw his work and hired him to bring her vision to life. It began with bluestone pavers which made the space feel grounded. Sawyer then added a carefully edited selection of low-maintenance plants and trees in lush layers around the stonework. Boston ivy, English ivy, staghorn ferns, moss and boxwood, article here.
The West Village has been called bohemian yet buttoned down, timeworn but modern and artsy while corporate. What a chic place to live or just walk around. Some highlights include the Jefferson Market Courthouse and the shops along Bleecker St. and Commerce St., the most beautiful block-long side street in NYC. If you ever make it to this neighborhood you have to stop by my favorite cupcake shop, Magnolia Bakery (don’t let the line outside alarm you, it moves fast and is well worth it) and why not end the house tour with cupcakes LOL.