May 17, 2015

Kerry Delrose and architect Jose Ramirez Transform an Upper East Side Home

Interior Designer Kerry Delrose gives an Upper East Side home for a family of five longevity—with a fresh, modern revival. Produced by: Robin Long Mayer

by Nicole Haddad interior designer Delrose Design Group photographer Joshua McHugh architecture J.L. Ramirez Architect


When a hip Manhattan couple with three young sons decided to combine two apartments on the Upper East Side, they enlisted the help of interior designer Kerry Delrose and architect Jose Ramirez. The only problem? The apartments hadn't been touched in years: They were dark, staid, and in serious need of a gut renovation.

Working in tandem with the architect and his team, Delrose and his associate, designer Michelle Galante, restructured the layout to create a light-filled oasis with a unique delineation between public and private spaces. Walls came down to create an expansive living-plus-dining room, floors (linoleum especially) were replaced, and an entire kitchen was built from scratch. But, first things first. Since the main entry into the apartment yielded a nearly thirty-foot-long hallway towards the private quarters to the east, the designers came up with an ingenious solution to keep the passageway from looking like a highway: four sets of wood blocks, evenly placed and set floor-to-ceiling with LED backlighting, run up the length of the hallway and yield a beautiful, ambient walk to the bedrooms and private quarters.

To the left of the entry, the Delrose continued a private, but open access plan. The den, directly off the entry vestibule to the west, conveniently leads into the family's casual yet chic breakfast room, which then leads into the newly built kitchen—fresh in dark wood, contrasting white-lacquered cabinetry, and limestone floors. To cater to the owners' love of entertaining, Delrose created a large public space that can be accessed directly from the entry and the kitchen. While the dining area's parchment table and skyscraper chandeliers might steal the show, the living area's inviting palette of beiges, mauves, lavenders, and browns, and multifarious plush seating options encourage lounging. "Every room in the apartment is used," says Delrose. "There is no Fabergé egg here."

The mostly serene, neutral palette—the master bedroom stands out in contrasting tones of cream and eggplant, a favorite of the client—sets the perfect background for the colorful art and accessories. But it is the variety of materials, fabrics, and truly unique pieces (cue the Robert Kuo sideboard in the dining area) that brings a subtle zing to the home. "They wanted something clean and modern, yet timeless" says Delrose. "But they also wanted it to be a little edgy. They weren't looking to outfit the space in Corbusier chairs."