An Apartment with a Worldly Sensibility

Sara Bengur dresses up a cookie-cutter apartment in NYC.
Eclectic Flatiron Apartment master Bedroom

Photographs by Richard Powers; Styled by Anita Sarsidi

Every designer-client relationship is unique. In the case of interior decorator Sara Bengur and homeowners Lynda and Nigel Greig, a mutual appreciation for travel and art laid the groundwork for a certifiable success story.

Having already revamped the couple’s Hollywood Beach, Florida, house, Bengur was enlisted to elevate their main residence, a two-bedroom Flatiron apartment near Gramercy Park, with her worldly design sensibility. Bengur, who was born in Washington, D.C., spent much of her childhood living in Turkey, her parents’ home country, and Lynda Greig, a fine-art consultant, was keen on devising a decorating scheme that would bring to mind the City of Light, while simultaneously underscoring her and her husband’s growing art collection.

A pale dusty lilac mohair blend from Lee Jofa—it covers a custom sofa in the living room—served as the jumping-off point for the home’s palette, with vintage textiles and carpets from Africa and India on display throughout, as well as a number of custom Crosby Street Studios rug designs by Bengur. In the largely neutral master bedroom, colorful pillows and throws complement American artist Jay Heikes’s Music for Minor Planets (Cunningham), which hangs above the bed.

“We played with accessories and furnishings in a refined, elegant way,” notes Bengur, who established her Manhattan-based interiors firm in 1993. “When you layer things in unexpected combinations, you have more to contemplate. The apartment is ultimately a juxtaposition of different styles, periods, and colors. It’s eclectic, with a modernist stamp.”

A print version of this article appeared with the headline: Foreign Flair.