A Modern Family Townhouse

My husband looked over at my computer and he  thinks this is the coolest house he ever saw. It’s a double wide townhouse on the Upper East Side decorated by Diamond Baratta Design featured in NYSpaces. The owners, who have 3 kids, wanted blue. (Why does everyone jump to blue when they want something colorful? Is it the only color people can live with these days? Actually, a lot of people have been into purple lately too.) 

There are some things that I like about this house. And others that I wont insult because they are nice, but just aren’t my particular taste. 

I would love to eat breakfast here everyday.

Those windows are killer… I wish we had shots of the garden out back.
I dont know what to make of this kitchen. I love the blue. Dont love the wood. But maybe I do. There is tension in this room and I dont know what to make of it.
Below is my favorite shot from the house… The painting, that particular wall color, the sideboard…. LOVE.   This little stairwell is my idea of heaven. Glossy and bright.
The master bedroom is whimsical and crisp. I like it. 

When I look at the whole house in total I like it, even though I wouldn’t have done it like this. How bout you?

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  1. All the windows are beautiful but it’s just a bit too blue for me!

  2. yeah, too much blue everywhere. your basically fucked if you wake up one day and decide that you don’t like blue anymore…

  3. I rarely see the owners’ personality in anything D&B does. Just D&B’s “vision.”

  4. As much as I love blue, I just don’t love the idea of doing up a whole entire place in the same color! The windows and the stairs, and really all the architectural elements in this house are to die for, but the furniture choices are all a bit too matchy matchy and art deco”ie” for my taste. All in all, its a pretty amazing house though!

  5. Something about this house is bipolar. It’s either great or horrible, nothing in-between.

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      I agree… But its not just the blue. Something about this place feels weird.

  6. I actually like the blue, when it doesn’t drown the whole room. There’s just too much of it.

  7. The weird thing–to me, anyway–is that all the furniture looks mad uncomfortable and/or proportionately insane. Low! Puffy! Spindly! Nothing looks like anything I would actually want to sit in. Maybe the first sofa.

  8. Nicole Cohen says:

    Rebecca – I think you are right! Thats what it is… each room’s furniture is 1. strange. 2. Matchy.

  9. Ilana says:

    This house is a work of art, but very awkward/strange to actually live in on a day to day basis.

  10. Lynn says:

    I’m in the Don’t Like camp. What’s with the TV in the first sofa being *behind* the sofa? Is it to let me know that the theme of the house will be Impractical?

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      I noticed that too… Very weird. Its all very strange…. I knew there was something really interesting/weird about this house when I posted it!

  11. Lynn says:

    Ok, now that I look closer at even just that first picture, I don’t like how the books are organized on the shelves (and it looks to be all books, nothing else). Almost like someone forgot to arrange them before the shoot… On a side note, Nicole, I’m a first timer to your blog and I love it! :)

  12. Lynn says:

    Clearly I’m a little obsessed with this house. I think I’ve figured out one thing that’s strange… With the exception of the TV in the first shot, there is NO black in the entire house (except *maybe* in the piece of art you like above the sideboard). The combination of blue and brown in every room is overkill — blue and black would be more appealing to me because it would be crisper. That last photo of the master bedroom reminds me of an insane asylum – padded headboard instead of walls, but the whole thing in one color makes it seem institutional.