Emmy Rossum is a born and bred Manhattanite, but until recently, the actress didn't have her own place to call home in New York City. The Shameless star tells Elle Decor that she used to stay with her mother in her childhood home until she happened upon a one-bedroom co-op in a prewar building near the East River—and knew she had to have it.
While the space held promise, it needed a lot of work. Rossum affectionately dubbed it the "pied-à-teardown" and enlisted the help of Brooklyn-born designer Antonino Buzzetta and Elle Decor to gut-renovate and transform it into an elegant home that reflects her personal style.
Fast-forward one year and you'd never recognize the 800-square-foot apartment. In Rossum's words, it's "chic, European, the look of a modern girl who has inherited her grandmother's stuff. I wanted it to have a young energy, but with old-fashioned touches." Take a look inside Emmy Rossum's very first New York City home.
Rossum and her mother bought the antique fireplace at the Marché aux Puces in Paris. "I love the idea that I have a replace from a trip to France I took with my mother. It's so sentimental and nice," she says.
Bulbous pendant lights cast a glow over blue barstools, continuing the brass-and-blue theme throughout the home.