Home Tour: A Legendary New York Townhouse

Julia Millay Walsh

Interior designer Betsy Morgan’s historic townhouse in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood is the kind of home you only see in magazines. And you probably have. It was the backdrop of Sarah Jessica Parker’s editorial for Vogue’s August 2011 issue, and has also housed celebrities like Jaclyn Smith, Julianne Moore, and Kelly Ripa for various editorials, commercials, and campaigns.

Morgan not only lives in the residence with her husband and two daughters, but she also rents it out to established publications. “I died and went to heaven when Vogue came with Mario Testino,” she says. “Meeting him and his crew was like something out of a movie. They were all gorgeous, and they were all in black — so stylish, so international.” Renting the home for photoshoots not only allows Morgan to meet her favorite fashion photographers, whom she admires greatly, but also to re-arrange and design her home constantly, a skill she clearly excels at.

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