If Bethenny Frankel's meteoric rise to fame is any indication, the Real Housewives of New York star knows how to capitalize on success. The native New Yorker has successfully monetized her TV personality to the tune of millions, launching her own lifestyle company, Skinnygirl, in addition to hosting her own talk show, authoring six books, and launching multiple spinoff TV shows.
If her newly renovated SoHo artist's loft is any indication, her entrepreneurial talents extend into the interior design world. Frankel impulsively purchased the massive two-bedroom apartment for $4.3 million last August, despite its "awkward partitions and dated surfaces," writes Architectural Digest. Frankel, however, saw it is an undervalued property in an in-demand neighborhood, which just so happened to be located next to her office.
"I wasn't even looking to move but this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up," she told the magazine. "All of a sudden I was in it." The refinished home is nearly unrecognizable—Frankel and designers Cheryl Eisen and Vian Abreu left the bones of the apartment completely intact but updated the kitchen, three bathrooms, living room, bedroom, and glam room with new hardware, furniture, and a few custom touches.
The team also refinished the wood floors and repainted the original radiators, pipes, window frames, and columns all black. "It took me three days to feel like this is my apartment," she marveled. "Wow, I can’t believe I live here." Step inside Frankel's latest NYC project below, and head over to Architectural Digest for more.