Modern masterpiece Pondering a Monet at the Met or a Gursky at the Guggenheim has never been easier. This Upper East Side perch at the midpoint of Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile is the ideal base from which to experience the history of art and design from antiquity to modernity. Aesthetes will find plenty at home to inspire them. This elegant three bedroom, two bathroom home overlooks the treetops of 96th Street, and it has been decorated with the care of a master designer. Cascading chandeliers and abstract sculptures catch the eye, but this doesn’t mean the home’s all look-but-don’t-touch: children will find a storybook fantasy in spaces designed for their curiosity too. About the artist Your host works in the design industry, and her impeccable taste shows it. With a preference for soothing neutral colours and organic shapes, her home is a perfected extension of her profession. Permanent collection After a day in the decorative arts wing of the Met or the National Design Museum, you'll especially appreciate the opalescent light fixture suspended over the dining table. Flip through an exhibition catalogue on the cushioned sofa. The exquisitely crafted coffee table, lattice dining chairs and gleaming abstract sculptures are among the many carefully selected elements that give this home its modernist feel. The patterns of a black and white rug enliven a soft spectrum of beiges and pale greys. The kitchen combines sleek efficiency and a warm beauty, with dark stained wooden floorboards and white marble countertops. A detailed wooden light fixture hangs over the endearing corner breakfast nook - the perfect spot for a morning coffee or nightcap. Sink into the bathtub of the luxurious marble-tiled master bathroom - you’ve earned it. The master bedroom is airy and sunny. The children’s bedrooms show a loving touch. The girl’s, with walls of the palest pink, has a delicate butterfly painting and a playful rocking horse. In the boy’s room, the cowhide rug is the perfect place to plunk down for play. Also on view For those who take their miles at a run rather than a walk, Central Park is just a few steps down the street. Stroll down Madison Avenue for shopping, or head over to Lexington for brasseries and gourmet grocery stores. Finish your day at the museums with apple strudel and coffee at the Neue Galerie’s Austrian enclave, Café Sabarsky.
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