Revisiting Manhattan House

Apparently, I like to torture myself.  What else could explain why I keep going back to The Manhattan House website? Before we left the city for the suburbs ten years ago, Manhattan House was our home.  At the time we lived there, it was just another rental on the Upper East Side and looked nothing like the swank building it’s become.  Sure, the location was great, the fact that this massive structure took up a whole city block was unusual, and I’d even heard it was the first post war apartment building built in the city.  But, Rita Konig and Celery Kemble (amongst others) were not designing it’s show house interiors, and since it has gone all luxury condo it’s really never looked so chic!  I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for this place, it’s where we became parents, bringing our first baby home from the hospital to our apartment here.  And, now in addition to all these fond memories, I love The Manhattan House, for the stylish showplace it has become.

Images via: Manhattan House

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35 Comments

  1. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Beautiful! I can see why you would return to it. Ten years changes so many things.

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  2. I can totally understand why you continue to revisit here – it's fabulous. I especially love the sophisticated unexpected combinations in Celerie Kemble's work here.

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  3. The Buzz wrote:

    We know that Celerie was involved with MH (since we did the flowers for her apartment) but Rita, too?! What a great way to update a prewar in NYC!
    xxoo

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  4. Roxy Te wrote:

    I can feel the soft spot with every word you wrote 🙂 It's so fabulous!

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  5. Debby wrote:

    Just gorgeous and you can't beat the location. The city would be hard to live w/ kids I think but it must have been wonderful as a single couple. xo

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  6. ooh, what a great place to live in the city. don't be sad you aren't there anymore… just think "you started it." 😉

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  7. ps. your site is looking great!

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  8. That Fan chair caught my eye. Oh! to live in NYC for a month would make me happy.

    yvonne

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  9. Cara wrote:

    So beautiful-doesn't even look like Manhattan…That blue green paint in the 2nd photo is brilliant!

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  10. Certain places just have a hold on us. And, I just think you were ahead of the curve knowing what a great place Manhattan House was and would be!!!

    Happy Monday!
    xoxo

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  11. There is like so many amazing things to see and look at in this Manhattan Apartment.
    I can see why you keep coming back to it.

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous spaces. Theres so much amazingness to look at!

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  13. I Dream Of wrote:

    You clearly started a trend, and I'm sure your apartment looked fabulous when you lived there. Those first homes always have a dear place in the heart. Great memories. How fun that you can "virtually visit" from time to time through the website and see your old home in such great shape!
    Jeanne

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  14. Beautiful!! So lovely and pretty and chic!!

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  15. The continual return is no wonder… The interiors are gorgeous! That blue-green shot is my favorite.

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  16. Sketch42 wrote:

    I cant believe you used to live there! I looked at an apartment there when I was apartment hunting 3 years ago…There was a lot of shady stuff going on there between the developers, real estate agents and the renters who were being thrown out… It was a building in turmoil and ultimately we went with something in a much smaller boutique building.

    Crazy though!

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  17. Amazing that you used to live there- so much gorgeous here to pour through. I adore the black laquered room with the fan chairs!!

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  18. Oh my goodness! I think I have a new obsession. Just have to get my husband convinced to move to the East Side.xx

    Melanie
    http://www.LuxuryMonograms.com

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  19. how neat that you're able to look back fondly – so many people are just focused on moving forward. what a breath of fresh air!

    these spaces are amazing!! so bright, but calming.

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  20. Kathy wrote:

    My new obsession is the jade green color on the walls of pic 2. The black in pic 4 deserves a mention as well…..nice post…k

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  21. We are just beginning the do we stay in the city or move to the suburbs convo– have a few years to figure it out but there are pros and cons to both. 60's/70's on the UES is really my favorite place to live! Seeing pics of your pretty home chalks up another point for Westchester though…

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  22. Stitchfork wrote:

    Love this apartment. And you have the best of both – memories of being there, and where you've come to now.
    xo Cathy

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  23. This apartment is awesome! I love the jade green color also! I have hit a milestone on my blog and am having an all natural organic giveaway. Would love for you to enter!!

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  24. so many great spaces!! i need to check out this site.. xoxo jcd

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  25. Christine wrote:

    the bookshelves are beautiful. xoxox

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  26. travelkate wrote:

    I can see why you keep going back to it! So many beautiful interiors! And to think, you were such a trendsetter 🙂

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  27. Josie wrote:

    Those yellow chairs — I'm DYING. So chic and such a great pop of color!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  28. What sweet memories. Torture is right though. Nothing says stylish like a chic place right in the heart of the city.

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  29. Inspirationpalooza!

    I also miss living in NYC… sweet memories for sure, and I feel so fortunate to have had the experience.

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  30. Beautiful spaces i love the first image of the dining room i love those bright chairs 7 the over sized light shade & I really love the last image

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  31. Bromeliad wrote:

    If it makes you feel any better my Brooklyn House doesn't look anything like this.

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  32. My great grandmother lived in the beautiful penthouse in the Manhattan House and we all have such fond memories of that building – but this was in the 70s and 80s. What a small world!

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  33. Oh those fan chairs!! I can only imagine how amazing it would be to live in NYC, I think it's my most favorite place I've ever visited!
    Nancy xo

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  34. Very sophisticated, but still soft – it's lovely, I can understand your love for it, especially when memories are added.

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  35. Looks very un NEW York. Peaceful and serene – need to check this building out!!

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