Home Tour: A Young Designer’s Chic Pre-War Apartment

Julia Millay Walsh

“It is every decorator’s wish to furnish rooms with beautiful bones,” says interior designer Lauren McGrath of McGrath II, a firm she founded with her mother and partner, Suzanne McGrath. That wish came true for the young decorator when she and boyfriend, celebrity hairstylist Chris Lospalluto, discovered their one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Located in a landmarked Georgian mansion (a former single-family home) designed by architects Clinton and Russell in 1890, the building is perfectly proportioned, with high ceilings, working fireplaces, and wrought-iron banisters. To add intrigue, its interiors were originally designed by Ogden Codman, Jr. and Edith Wharton, authors of The Decoration of Houses, an interior design tome first published in 1897.

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