De­sign life

Domino - - DECORATING -

Au­drey Margarite, Bunny Wil­liams’s vice pres­i­dent of de­sign and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, takes domino in­side her cozy yet el­e­gant apart­ment.

With an im­pres­sive back­ground in ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign, and al­most 10 years of work­ing for the iconic Bunny Wil­liams, Au­drey Margarite is an ex­pert on dec­o­rat­ing small spa­ces. Af­ter liv­ing for a decade in a stu­dio apart­ment, Margarite and her hus­band, Mike, searched for a more invit­ing home where they could en­ter­tain. Even­tu­ally, they landed an 850-square-foot onebed­room abode in a pre­war build­ing on Man­hat­tan’s River­side Drive. The couple com­pletely ren­o­vated the kitchen, tear­ing out the walls and cab­i­nets to cre­ate an open cen­tral area with newly laid dark wal­nut floors; they also in­stalled a mul­ti­func­tional is­land with snow-white Cae­sars­tone. “Though the apart­ment is small, we’ve had par­ties with over 20 peo­ple,” says Margarite. “With the open lay­out, friends can gather around the kitchen is­land, at the din­ing ta­ble, or on the sofa and still be in­cluded in the same con­ver­sa­tion.”

A bright read­ing nook adds a pop of color to

the liv­ing room’s calm­ing, neu­tral interiors.

ART “The Rook­ery Stair­case, Go­ing Up” by inthisin­stance $25–$160 etsy. com FLOOR LAMP As­tor $249 crate­and­bar­ ARM­CHAIR Sark in sum­mer

no­mad stripes $857 SPHERE Scop­pio $29.95 zgal­

Margarite wisely spent money on qual­ity fab­rics to up­hol­ster her fur­ni­ture, and mixed in high-end an­tiques and af­ford­able pieces from Bal­lard De­signs and Dash & Al­bert.

MIR­ROR Beryl, made­goods. com HEAD­BOARD Cam­den in vin­tage tick­ing stripe in black $299–$724 bal­lard­de­

The kitchen and communal ar­eas are painted in C2 Paint’s Fer­rous, a beau­ti­ful light gray-blue, which lends a chic and re­lax­ing mood to any gath­er­ing.

PEN­DANTS In­dus­trial in glass $109–$119 each, west­ BOWL Delft mar­ble $775 shop. christo­pher­

Pho­to­graphs by JOY SOHN text by KERRY MOORE in­te­rior de­sign by AU­DREY MARGARITE

Pieces from the Bunny Wil­liams Home col­lec­tion can be found through­out, like the glossy black zigzag side ta­ble in the liv­ing room.

SOFA 1904 sec­tional, wes­ley­ FAB­RIC (sofa) Cae­sar gray vel­vet, bun­ny­ PIL­LOWS Khotan Ru­bia, Pom Ru­bia, and Basil­ica Ink, za­kand­ DRAP­ERY banded pan­els, from $145 each, marthaan­ COF­FEE TA­BLE sleek mar­ble­top

$499 wis­te­ Zigzag

BOX vin­tage, john­ TA­BLE drinks in glossy black lac­quer $1,750 bun­ny­

An of­fice con­sole, where the couple stores note­books and lap­tops, dou­bles as a bar area.

MIR­ROR ebony with bone rosettes, vin­tage, john­ BAR Skol

$4,900 bun­ny­ LAMP Chicken Feather in brown $800 bun­ny­ ART “Free” by

Kristi Ko­hut $20–$690

TA­BLE Har­vest $5,000 bun­ny­ CHAIR Para­mount $1,500 bun­ny­

Bunny Wil­liams and Margarite con­fer in the Bunny Wil­liams stu­dio, where Margarite helps to cre­ate fab­rics, dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories, and

fur­ni­ture for the com­pany’s pri­vate and li­censed col­lec­tions.

SUZANI (sim­i­lar to shown) vin­tage $50 DIN­ING TA­BLE Par­sons in white $499 west­ CHAIRS Em­bassy, bun­ny­williamshome. com BUD HOLDER Florist’s Best $69 wis­te­ WINE­GLASSES Spi­ral by Bunny Wil­liams $49/set of four, bal­lard­de­

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