Mini House Tour: Traditional on the UES.

You never know what’s inside these Upper East Side buildings. It could be a young couple with two kids and a living room that doubles as a playroom, it could be an old lady hoarder who hasn’t left the apartment in 30 years, a single man with graffitied walls or it could be a really chic art collecting woman… like in this case.

I did a consultation at this UES apartment for a custom piece of art. After welcoming me graciously, the owner then scolded me for going to fearlessly going into a stranger’s home. (She should only KNOW! The life of a blogger is a riddled with dangers considering half the people we know, we met off the internet- which circa 1995 was the best way to get raped or killed and nows a pretty good way to meet like minded folk and even a spouse.)

The owner just moved in not too long ago, and I was so happily surprised by her charmingly decorated place! I mean, obviously, if she likes my art, she must have good taste (wink, wink) but still. You never know what you are going to get.

It’s not every day that you stumble upon a white fringed sofa, traditional and modern pieces living happily together, and a fabulous collection of art.

These photos were totally un-staged, so beware of our stray tape measure and other randomly misplaced objects. ENJOY!

Art by Kimberly Duross, who happens to be the step-daughter of Henry Ford. 

Interior design by IleneWetson Art & Design,Inc. 

Have a great day!

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  1. This is fun, when it is un-staged! I am loving the few blue crystals in the chandelier. I think that inspired me. Thanks for sharing…looking forward to seeing your art.

  2. ooohhh!!!!! what a beautiful apartment with beautiful art. Its so exciting that you can be part of the collection. She obviously has a great eye if she likes your work :)

  3. LOVE! So girly and feminine.

  4. Wow.

  5. I just checked out “Interior design by Ilene Wetson Art & Design,Inc.” at, wow — she has such an interesting background. A very talented designer.

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      She does! Im supposed to meet her later in the week!

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      And thanks for the link, you are right- I should have included it! Thank you!

    • Thanks for looking at my web, I like to add a fun twist… crystals….thanks for picking it up…

  6. i can tell you for a fact, that i have seen it ALL…..being in the real estate world and selling apartments in every corner of manhattan enables me to see the tiniest studio to the most incredible penthouses in nyc….and the art that ive come across in these apartments has always been an extra little treat as i wandered through these homes…

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      I know! It’s crazy- I saw a ton of crazy/weird shit when I was apartment hunting – I can’t only imagine what you see!!!

  7. She does indeed have a fabulous art collection! And Ilene did a fantastic job complimenting the quirky, unexpected qualities of modern art into the furnishings.

  8. Lawny says:

    The art above the sofa is AMAZING! Great pieces!!