New York Cottages & Gardens - May 2014

Brooklyn Sculpter Beth Katleman Puts a Couture Spin on Everyday Kitch

“You expect opulence and luxury from porcelain,” says Katleman, a third-generation artist who draws inspiration from both Rococo wallpaper and tile-clad royal rooms typical of 18th-century Spain. From a distance, her craftsmanship masks the figurines’ unconventional arrangements, but on closer examination viewers discover an imaginative world where each miniature scene is open to myriad interpretations.

Rising Star: Darci Hether

Darci Hether grew up in north country—Anchorage, Alaska—and moved to the sunnier climes of Costa Mesa, California, to attend design school at Orange Coast College. “I lived in California for 13 years, but I always had an urge to move to the East Coast,” says the decorator, who made the switch in late 2001. “There is so much history in New York—I just had to be around it.”

Floral Designer Olivier Giugni Falls Hard for a Central Park North Apartment

When the native Frenchman spied a glass apartment tower going up at the park’s northern edge, he thought, Why not ask? “The secret is not to be afraid to be adventurous,” he says. “So immediately I put my apartment on 14th Street on the market. It was a fast sell—everything downtown sells like a croissant!”

Architect David Howell Builds a Dream Home for His Family of Four

David Howell had been living in a Union Square loft with his wife, interior designer Steffani Aarons, and their twin daughters and wanted to overcome the somewhat ironic limitations of so much vast, open space. So what’s an architect to do? Find the perfect location, then build a condo to suit his needs.

Designer Mark Epstein’s Eighth Project for Longtime Clients is a Sophisticated Slam-Dunk

With its expansive avenues and proximity to Central Park, the Upper East Side has a cachet that few other Manhattan neighborhoods can rival—especially for New Yorkers looking for a quiet retreat from the more congested parts of the city.

Interior Designer Jamie Drake Perks Up a Central Park Apartment

It’s funny how events can unfold: A decision firmly made can, upon reflection, turn out to be completely wrong. One Manhattan couple made this discovery after interviewing designer Jamie Drake about undertaking the renovations on their apartment on Central Park West. Upon choosing to go with someone else, they found themselves calling Drake one year later to rescue them from what was, at least in the short term, an ill-fated decision.

Fashion Executive Jaqui Lividini Injects a Bit of Europe Into Her Carnegie Hill Apartment

Quaint and quiet aren’t adjectives typically associated with Manhattan apartments—even when they’re located on the sleepier edges of the Upper East Side. “I don’t even feel like we live in the city,” fashion executive Jaqui Lividini says of the Carnegie Hill home she shares with her longtime partner and their young daughter. “Our apartment overlooks a street full of trees, and sunlight streams in all day. It’s something you don’t always find in New York.”

Deeds & Don'ts: Yorkville, Cobble HIll and Forest Hills Gardens

Looking for the newest up-and-coming neighborhood? Go east, young man—but not the East Village or the Lower East Side. Formerly stodgy Yorkville is now the coolest kid on the block. Yorkville? Yes, the area from Third Avenue to the East River between 79th and 96th streets will soon be filled with the rumbling of the Second Avenue subway—and increased real estate prices, no doubt. The enclave has always been popular with families—especially those with children at Chapin, Brearley, the Town School, and P.S. 158—and outdoorsy types who appreciate the greenery of Carl Schurz Park.