Today we will talk about a New York City home, with a Parisian look. No one can deny that is hard to mistake Manhattan for any other city. However, you are mistaken if you think that you can´t see a little bit of Europe in New York City. Paula Caravelli found a lovely sloping block studded with Beaux Arts buildings.
Of course, lots of designers fill their homes with things they love. What sets Caravelli’s apart is a mix of art, furniture, colors, and finishes that feels truly personal. “It’s probably a terrible thing for a decorator to say, but I don’t like trends,” she notes. “I don’t work that way. I can’t put something in my house, or a client’s house, for that matter, if I don’t love it.”
The foyer holds a sculpture by her sister Janet Buillet. The dining room features a changing array of paintings, including a gorgeous abstract by Caravelli herself, who studied art before turning to design.
Though her talent may be innate, she has honed it over the years, becoming a master at discreetly mixing not only traditional and modern (a vintage secretary with a quirky midcentury French seat; a contemporary dining table and Italian neoclassical chairs) but European and Asian elements as well.
She has happily embraced one modern convenience notoriously lacking in most Paris apartments. “I believe in closets—everywhere,” she says. “You have to have places to put stuff away.”
“It’s so important to be able to come home to a place that has serenity,” she says. “That’s what I tried to create.”
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