My Sunday television line-up includes watching the show Shameless airing on Showtime. Have you seen it? The show is in its 7th season and I was thrilled that the season premiere aired this past weekend. I was even happier that Elle Decor posted pictures on their website yesterday of actress Emmy Rossum’s real life renovated New York apartment. Emmy’s character on Shameless is Fiona Gallagher, the oldest of six children, who takes on the responsibility of raising her siblings due to an absent mother and druggie/alcoholic father. They live in a dump that is a far cry from her real life New York apartment, which is a gorgeous 800 square foot space in a building originally constructed in 1928.
Emmy Rossum is shown gazing out the windows of her New York apartment that was renovated from top to bottom. Although it would have been more cost effective to replace the windows, Emmy chose to restore and retain the original iron framed windows. A wise choice.
The beautiful living room fireplace was purchased by Rossum on a trip to Paris with her mother at the Marché aux Puces flea market. I laughed when I learned that she had it sent home via FedEx since Mr. B and I have been known to do that on our travels…. although not with anything that large, heavy or as fragile.
The picture above is the dining area before the renovation. With the exception of the floors and windows, everything in this one bedroom apartment is new including the molding details throughout. The beautiful original herringbone floors remained in place but were stained a much darker color. Another wise choice.
Emmy wanted a dark kitchen and the design was perfectly executed with all appliances hidden out of sight blending in as cabinetry.
The closet is beautiful and efficient for a small space but I would like to know where the rest of her clothes are really kept.
What I failed to mention early on in this post is that the Actress called upon Elle Decor for guidance on her renovations. They steered her in the direction of a few designers before selecting designer Antonino Buzzetta. What I found intriguing is that the magazine also arranged for several home decor businesses to sponsor bits of the renovation. I only wish I had that kind of influence! For a list of resources used on this project, check this out.