Bob Brown designs a fashion-forward, ultrafeminine New York City condo for an Atlanta businesswoman

An Atlanta family’s pied-à-terre in New York is dripping with fashionable moments

Sitting at the glittering bar of the Baccarat Hotel in New York, an Atlanta businesswoman plotted with Robert Brown of Robert Brown Interior Design on how to transform her newly purchased pied-à-terre into a chic landing spot while visiting her daughter in the city. She’d settled on a two-bedroom at the new Waterline Square condominiums designed by renowned architect Richard Meier, which hovers above the Hudson River and is located where Midtown meets the Upper West Side. Brown’s longtime client wanted the condo to flaunt their love of fashion. “They’re serious about fashion,” says Brown of the mom-daughter duo who often jet off to Paris for Fashion Week. “The apartment is not a huge space, so we made every wall, corner, and nook really special. It’s like a jewel box.”

While Brown admits that their desire for an ultrafeminine style and pink color scheme stretched his typical aesthetic, he leaned on his early career in men’s fashion to execute the job. He created the apartment’s first moment in the foyer, draping the entryway in a silk pink ombré wallcovering that’s emphasized by a large-scale art piece by artist Todd Murphy. “The entry space offers the first glimpse of what you’ll see throughout,” says Brown. The nearby small powder room exudes big drama with a dark floral wallpaper that plays off the vanity’s black marble. “This room receives a gasp when people come in.”

Touches of pink, white, and gray are carried throughout the living spaces, and Brown played with rich textures including velvet and tweed fabrics. A curved velvet banquette in the dining area offers a posh place to gather for cocktails, and brass counter stools add glamour in the white marble kitchen. A focal point of the living area is a black and white hair-on-hide rug with whipstitching. “It really grounds the space, and the geometry of it feels like fashion,” he says. Brown used the expansive wall above the oversize link sofa like a runway, lining it with a block artwork series by Atlanta artist Brett Smith that repeats the color palette. He also transformed a vintage scarf found in London into a pillow cover. Furniture was strategically positioned to place emphasis on the river views from the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows.

The primary bedroom is bathed in soft pink, with velvet draperies to warm the space. Because there’s never enough closet space in New York, the designer created a built-in wall with additional storage and a place for the women to do their makeup. The guest bedroom retains the gold and brass tones from the common areas, and a tweed wallcovering makes another fashion statement, recalling a Chanel tweed suit. “All of these spaces are so close together that they had to play off each other,” says Brown. Unlike fashion trends that come and go, Brown feels the condo’s design has staying power. “It’s interesting, but it’s not trendy. Like a piece of couture, this apartment has longevity.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Robert Brown, Robert Brown Interior Design, (404) 917-1333; ARCHITECT Richard Meier