A Fifth Avenue Renovation by Gil Schafer

If you are a designer you are fortunate when you have a relationship with repeat clients that blossoms into a wonderful friendship. In the case of Gil Schafer, one such couple called upon him to renovate a farmhouse over 20 years ago which marked the beginning of many projects together (over 15 in all!). In their latest project, featured in Galerie Magazine, the couple called upon Schafer to renovate a 4,000 square foot Fifth Avenue apartment in New York. The couple wanted a design that would incorporate their contemporary art pieces, infuse a little bit of classic design, and create a home comfortable enough for the couple and their three children. I think the final design checks all those boxes.


I feel like I haven’t posted about a great house in a while. What’s up with that? Well, today we take a look inside the home of the architect couple Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons, owners of the architecture firm Fairfax & Sammons. They purchased the 1,200 square foot Greenwich Village home in 2000 from the estate of Armand Hammer and began a complete renovation of the property both inside and out. The interior design was overseen by Anne Fairfax and Marina Killery and a new garden was constructed at the front of the house by landscape architect Charles Stick. To read more about the home check out this post at House & Garden’s website.



There has been a lot of buzz about the pictures Architectural Digest published online and in their December issue featuring the White House interiors designed by Los Angeles designer Michael Smith for the Obama family. From the looks of it, President Obama and his daughters, Malia (left) and Sasha, have made themselves at home as they sit comfortably on a velvet sofa located in the Treaty Room. I love the fact that Sasha has kicked off her shoes and even put her feet up on the sofa! I hope they enjoy their final days in the White House as the place they temporarily call “home”. Be sure to check out the full article about the Obama’s White House posted at Architectural Digest.