COTE DE TEXAS: Mother & Daughter, Second Verse

Mother & Daughter, Second Verse

 

I think everyone knows how much I adore the work of Suzanne Rheinstein.  I really don’t think she’s ever made a mistake or a misstep.  A gracious Southern woman from New Orleans, she now lives in Los Angeles and has a beautiful apartment in New York City – three of the best cities  there are.    Her L.A. house is a classic – through the years she has updated it and enlarged it – but each change is just a bit better on the already perfect interiors.    Her spaces are filled with delicate and feminine antiques. 

Rheinstein’s credo is “Have fewer things but better things.”  Now, why can’t I just listen and learn?  I want to be someone who has few, but fine things instead of a house with lots of inexpensive things bought to satisfy more of an itch than a need!!!  

 

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Suzanne Rheinstein’s NYC apartment – entry hall.

Besides her interior design business, she runs Hollyhock, a décor shop, where she sells her own furniture creations, and designs a fabric line for Lee Jofa.  On top of all this, she is a mother to Kate and a grandmother to two darling girls.    

There is nothing better than having a mother who has refined taste and a house full of antiques!  I know – I have one.  My own mother (HERE) passed down her love of good design to me – I’m lucky to have inherited her treasures that didn’t make it through a remodeling or were no longer needed after a move.   My love of French design came directly from her and now, I hope I’ve passed that down to my own daughter who just moved into her first apartment after college.   Elisabeth went shopping in my house and garage to fill it up.   I can’t imagine how much fun it would be to get extra accessories at the Rheinstein home!

 

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When Kate Rheinstein married, Suzanne turned her and her neighbor’s backyards into the perfect wedding venue.   Her chuppa was a 17’ tall maidenhair fern creation.

After Kate’s wedding to Alexander Brodsky – they moved to his hometown of New York City.  And, this month, we get a glimpse of her new NYC apartment on the cover of the May Elle Décor.  It’s a stunner!    It’s also a great example for young couples who love antiques and fine design, but who also want a youthful vibe.  Kate’s apartment is the perfect balance between old and new. 

This is the second time Kate Rheinstein Brodsky’s apartment has been published.  Her first marital home was shown in the same magazine in 2010.   How fun it is to compare her former and current apartments – and to see how much her taste has evolved in the past five years. 

I dug out my old Elle Decors to find that story (not really!!  That’s what Zinio online magazines are good for!) to show you both versions of the Brodsky’s abobe. 

Enjoy!!!

 

The Brodsky’s first apartment on the Upper East Side was 1800 sq. ft., while the new, nearby apartment is around 3600 sq. ft.  While Suzanne seems to have helped with the first apartment just a bit, the new one is all Kate.  She had worked for Elle Décor and now owns a fabulous décor/antique shop called KRB.  It’s obvious Kate is full of talent and her apartments are proof of that.

 

The First Apartment – Elle Décor 2010

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  In the first apartment – the color is the most defining element – the walls are rich golden yellow/orange.   The public rooms seem to glow.  The sisal underfoot adds to the sunny, casual feel.  The room is painted Farrow and Ball’s Orangery – which Kate repeats in the entry in her new apartment.   The bookshelves are painted Farrow and Ball Mahogany.

The mantel came from Suzanne’s Los Angeles home.    Much of this furniture, like the French chairs and the slipper chairs,  is reused in the new apartment – covered in different fabrics, of course.   I love that long, Oriental coffee table.

 

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The living room view that faces the fireplace.  Much of the art work is from Kate’s husband, Alexander.   He has been collecting art since he was a teenager.  This large photograph now hangs over the fireplace in the new apartment.    Also, both pairs of lamps in the living room wind up in the new living room.

 

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The windows on the right side of the living room have a lovely fabric valance, while a French desk, which belonged to Kate’s grandmother, stands in front of the windows.  The trim on the valance gives the curtains a slight Oriental vibe – Kate and Suzanne worked on this design together.

 

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And, on the left side of the living room is an antique settee from Hollyhock that is covered in a Rheinstein fabric from Lee Jofa.  The tiger silk velvet slipper chair was a gift to Kate from her mother.  Both these pieces are in the new apartment, as are the airplane prints.

 

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In the first apartment, with only one daughter at the time, Kate chose to not have a formal dining room – saying in Elle Décor that they don’t have sit down dinner parties.  Of course, this all changed in the new apartment, which has a proper, large dining room.   But here, the family room was more needed than a formal dining room.  The antique Austrian chandelier came from Hollyhock and is now in the new apartment’s formal dining room!

 

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Meals were taken at this drop leaf table in front of the room’s windows. 

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The wallpaper in the kitchen is the famous Trixie by Albert Hadley.

 

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In the master bedroom – the walls are F & B Teresa’s Green.

 

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In the nursery, the bed comes from Ballards and the wallpaper is from Sister Parish.  I love the green with the pink.

 

 

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The shower curtain is a Porthault sheet!  The bathroom is small but lux with subway tile that runs up the walls.  Nothing looks better than tiled walls – and subway is so affordable, why not put it everywhere?

 

The New Apartment – Elle Décor 2015

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The Brodskys with their two darling daughters.

The wall color in the foyer might seem familiar - it is Farrow and Ball’s Orangery, the same golden yellow/orange found in the first apartment’s living and family rooms.  But – this is the only room where the two apartments look alike.  Notice the settee from the 1st apartment – still recovered in the Rheinstein Lee Jofa fabric.  The door is covered in leather, similar to one found in Suzanne’s L.A. kitchen.  The ceiling was designed to hide electrical wires and the floor is a black and white stone.

In the Elle Décor article, Kate says that this apartment does not have a grand Fifth Avenue address and thus, they kept the excesses and dressiness a bit muted.  The moldings are not imposing, the hardware is not fancy – this is all by design.   

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The fabulous living room!  Just gorgeous!  As you can see the major change in this apartment is it is mostly green – Kate’s favorite color.  Quite a huge difference from the sunny yellow/orange of the last apartment.  The sisal area rug keeps it a bit casual, despite being filled with grand antiques like the console table from Christies.  The ceiling is Farrow & Ball Wimborne White in full gloss – which is a great effect.  The biggest change came in the renovation when the library was opened to the living room – creating a three room enfilade from the dining room.      

 

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The sofa is slipcovered in a Bob Collins & Sons chintz.   The chairs are from the old apartment, newly recovered.    

 

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The wall behind the fireplace is antique mirror. 

 

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A view of the library doors – painted a glossy black.  The doors are a new addition to the apartment.  They were made very tall and very thin, reminiscent of a French apartment – aren’t they pretty with the brass doorknob?   The side table was in the bedroom of the first apartment.

 

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There is a new coffee table here – which is beautiful.  I could look at this forever!!!  I love the check on the back of the antique painted bergeres – again, it is a less dressy, more casual look.

 

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In the corner is a set of prints.   Under them is a game table with French chairs.

 

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The Christies console is used as a drinks table – it sits under the large photograph first seen in the previous living room.  In the corner is a desk – and next to it is the tiger silk velvet slipper chair that Suzanne gave Kate for a long ago birthday present.

 

 

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Tulips sit in the corner under the prints.

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The library is an olive green – here you can see the newly made doors.  The shelves have brass detailing like Hadley’s for Brooke Astor.

 

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Close up of the shelves.  The color is BM Ponderosa Pine.

 

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At the other end of the enfilade is the formal dining room – also with its own newly built black doors.  The floor is modeled after a David Hicks pattern and the wallpaper is by Gracie.  But – in a genius move, Kate chose not to have the paper painted, instead she used only the background which is a nice contrast to all the green.  The chandelier is from the first apartment’s family room.  With its modern art and leather chairs – this room has a more youthful vibe to it and shows other couples how to mix old and new – and not have too much of a grown up feel.

 

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The kitchen is BM Courtyard Green.  The floor is linoleum.  A riot of green, white, and black – this definitely has a wow factor.

 

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We don’t get to see the blue master bedroom – the color requested by Alexander – but we do see his bathroom, with walls of black Saint Laurent marble.  His cabinets are black glass with brass!  Limestone floors.  Stunning.

 

 

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The girls’ bedroom was really the master bedroom.  But the Brodsky’s took the smaller room because this one was isolated from noise which comes in handy during large parties that they now have here – as opposed from the last apartment where they didn’t need a dining room.    The beds were made by Hollyhock and I spy the same pink chair found in the first apartment.  

 

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So which is it for you – the first, smaller apartment in sunny yellow/orange?

 

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Or do you prefer the cooler colors of the new, larger apartment with the gracious enfilade and the charming chintz?   I’m Team New Apartment all the way!!!

 

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If you are in NYC be sure to visit Kate Brodsky’s shop – KRB.  If not – visit online HERE.

 

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The shop is filled with antiques and accessories – that have the same feel as her apartments.

 

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Even the green paint makes an appearance at the shop.

 

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I love these antique footstools – wouldn’t they be fabulous by a fireplace?

 

 

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She has a lot of opaline glass, here in green!  Look at the lamp – to die for!!

 

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And these lamps are fabulous!

 

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Green velvet antique chairs.

 

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And a beautiful settee.  Visit KRB’s online shop HERE.

 

And finally:

Suzanne Rheinstein has a new book coming out later this year!  Pre-order it by clicking on the picture below.  I can’t wait!!!!

If  you don’t have a copy of her first book – At Home - you can order it by clicking on the picture below.  It’s a must have for any design library. 

I hope you enjoyed this mother – daughter story, I know I loved comparing the two apartments.

 

Remember – you have until this Saturday night to enter the Antique Drapery Rod $1,500.00 giveaway HERE.

 

34 comments :

  1. Joni, I love elements of both and especially love the dining room in the new apartment.
    Great taste all around though, the apple does not fall far from the tree!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  2. Both are lovely (though the first one seems a bit mature...the second is much more fun). MOST IMPORTANTLY NEITHER IS ALL BEIGE. HOORAY!
    - C.C.

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  3. I am crazy about the new apartment - so fresh and sophisticated with a wonderful mix of furnishings, finishes and decorative joie de vivre!! The new coffee table in the living room is one of my favorites that is eternally on my wish list - the Gould from Harbinger in LA!

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  4. I dont know how much it is - but I can imagine!!!!

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    1. $4850 retail. So pretty! The webpage for Harbinger always looks like a mid-range junk shop to me but they have SUCH pretty things when you get into it.

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  5. Lover her store , but please tell me how people afford those prices????? Who can afford a pair of lamps for $2500????

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    1. wouldn't you assume that the people who can afford those expensive lamps are the people who can't see the light????? I would not be able to look in the mirror if my child needed college money and I told her that a large part of her first years college fund was spent on lamps in my living room. Since we are living in a world where everything we have is considered "dated" after a few months, how long would you have to use those high priced lamps before you could consider them "dated" for throw away???

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    2. People who can afford expensive lamps will buy them if they feel so inclined and the rest of the decorating crowd will opt for less expensive copies. That's the way it always has been. I don't know what to say about someone who has limited funds and would choose to raid their child's college fund to buy lamps. I like to buy mine from the resale shops where I get expensive lamps and other furnishings dirt cheap after the people with lots of disposable funds get rid of them. Yay for them! (And me!)
      Sheila Anne

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    3. I'm not sure why anyone is so shocked at the price of these lamps. It's nothing compared to the cost of living in Manhattan. Her store is on the Upper East side so she is selling to a market that can clearly afford nice lamps (and college tuition). And to whoever is getting so self-righteous about not buying pricey lamps... guess what: whatever YOU spend on home furnishings probably looks just as extravagant to someone with less money than you. Get over yourself.

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    4. We celebrate success stories in (North) America. Congrats to whoever can afford pricey things, and best wishes to everyone else to succeed beyond their wildest dreams, too.
      A Canadian (who would love to live in either of these apartments)

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    5. Hey Anonymous April 21, 2015 at 1:38 PM-

      Just curious: what do you do for a living? Hope you have many, many pairs of $2500 dollar lamps! You go girl!

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    6. In reply to Anonymous April 22, 2015 at 6:23 PM-

      I used to be an attorney in Manhattan, but quit to spend more time with my daughter while she is little. Now I can't afford $2500 lamps either, but I don't begrudge those who choose to put in the work/hours it takes to buy those kind of lamps.

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    7. My daughter inherited a sum of money from my mother to be used for a downpayment on a house. They didn't need it for that, so we decided she should use it to decorate her first house. I turned to Kate's mother, Suzanne, for advice on how best to use that money - not a large sum (in luxury decorating terms, but probably the most she will ever again have at one time for decorating a house). I knew Suzanne and we were friends when I lived in LA many years ago - before she was famous and when Kate was a baby! She advised me to be sure to safe a good amount of money in the budget for good lamps - said most people end up with little left and go cheap and it cheapens the entire room - good ones make everything look much better. She was right! No, my daughter did not buy lamps for $1200 each but she did spend $500-800 for each lamp. Sixteen years later, they are still lovely and she'll have them forever as their styles are timeless.

      Elle Decor, like most of the top shelter magazines, is not for those who are "decorating on a budget". There are fabulous antiques, gorgeous fabrics and wallpapers, decorative painters who do amazing things. None of these are in the realm of possibility for most of us, but we can get inspiration from them, and it's a treat to see such beautiful rooms. Of course, no one should be raiding their children's college funds for anything other than a major repair emergency or medical reasons. People who decorate like this need not worry about college funds - there are trust funds for their children and they're already paying $45,000 a yr per child for the private schools their children attend from Kindergarten.

      I LOVE Kate's new apartment! I should say, I love the way she has decorated it. Her old apt was in a pre-war building; this one is not - does not have the high ceilings and other features I imagine she would have preferred. But that size apt in a pre-war would have been twice the price. Kate has gone back to her childhood roots with her use of chintz. Her mother used to use it extensively - just go back to the old House & Garden layout when Kate was a small child - wonderful use of chintz and it was a wonderful, warm, welcoming house. I don't like her newer work, but a designer must keep up with the fashion of the day and Suzanne has done an excellent job of doing so.

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  6. Such beautiful apartments! Both versions! I hadn't gotten around to reading my new issue of Elle Décor. I look forward to it even more now.

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  7. I like that she used lots of color, and I really thought the girls' room was cute!

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  8. love the lucite legs on the vanity.

    xx,
    jaclyn @ http://www.lightingconnection.com

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  9. Really enjoyed this post Joni, I also LOVE the new, larger apartment in shades of green! Definitely plan on copying a couple of her paint colors_ Those chairs in the chintz and gingham check were absolutely GORGEOUS! Barbara P from Ma (pligko@hotmail.com)

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  10. You've had some great posts lately detailing updated decor in the same abode or with the same owners...I find these very interesting.


    As to this apartment, I love the new living room (although it seems to only have the one window?) and the girls' bedroom...darling. However, the green kitchen (despite the fabulous range) is, frankly, ugly!!

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  11. I love both apartment decors, but prefer the latest color scheme. I especially love the green-check backed French chairs and hope to do something similar to my current all-white ones when they get dirty. They remind me of the pink-check backed French chairs in one of your earlier posts about a Paris apartment owned by Huff Harrington Fine Art: "A perfect Paris Apartment from Paris Perfect (first photo)" http://cotedetexas.blogspot.dk/2011/08/perfect-paris-apartment-from-paris.html It's been almost four years but I never forgot those pink checks, either. I also love the girls' room -- so adorable!

    The only thing I'd tweak about the apartment is putting away the drinks tray (too much clutter). I'd only pull it out when I had guests, as I assume the owners don't need the full assortment for themselves every night. Great apartment, great post, Joni.

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  12. I swoon at classicist details brought into the modern age, and done so well, too! Thanks for sharing this.

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  13. Am I the only one that prefers the first apartment? They both are lovely but I love the simplicity of the first.
    Marcy

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  14. I prefer the first apartment. Even though it's beautiful, the other one is too loud and crazy for me.

    xo,
    rue

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  15. Lovely post! Attorney in Manhattan to design blog, I like it! May I ask, do you get permission from Elle Decor/Photographer/Designer to reprint the photos? Assume they are copyright protected. Blogging myself and curious how you handle that? Thanks!

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    1. I think you are confusing Joni (who writes this blog and is, as far as I know, from Texas) with the Anonymous posters having a conversation with each other about Manhattan and lamps.

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  16. Ah, you are right! First time visitor :) Either which way, as a new blogger I would love to hear from Joni on copyright, and if she gets permission from Elle Decor or the Photographer or Designers before sharing these photos on her sight. Would love to hear how she handles that. Thanks!

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  17. I really like the new look, the green & all the fabrics are so nice, fresh. Honestly, I have never been a big fan of Rheinstein, her designs tend to be so staid, stiff, muted. Her daughter decorates in a much more free way, her home looks very comfortable. Thanks!

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  18. LOVE the new apartment and feel it is probably more in harmony with their outside surroundings if they live in the vicinity of Central Park .... ☺. Also IMHO it has a much more of an overall fresher vibe. That said, could not help but notice that much of the artwork does not have non-glare glass but no doubt there is a valid reason. -Brenda-

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    1. Non-glare glass is not completely transparent, but rather has a hazy finish (which stops the glare but does not show the art as clearly). It's a personal choice -- glare vs. nothing blocking the art.

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  19. As a rebuttal - http://thebluerememberedhills.blogspot.com/2015/04/there-are-times-when-i-wish-she-had.html

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  20. Can you tell me more about the lamps (white ceramic) ? I got two just like them at our Goodwill... score ! I would love to know how old they are and what they could cost at her shop. Thanks

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