Measured and precise. That was the approach legal analyst and TV and radio host Dan Abrams took to creating and decorating his West Village town house. The four-bedroom, five-bedroom triplex sits on a narrow, picturesque side street and has bones that date back to the 1830s. “I had rented one of the [original] apartments from 2004 to 2006, then bought one of the apartments in 2006, and then bought the other one in 2009,” says Abrams. “I ended up combining them in 2018, and then there was an interior design phase that went through 2020.”
Before the renovation there was a kitchenette on the ground level, so Abrams decided to knock it down completely and create something larger and much more open. Dusty Blue backsplash tiles are from Fireclay Tile. Nordic Modern Brooks Knot pendant lamp replicas are from Bonanza.
“I had to figure out how to make the space make sense,” recalls Abrams. “There were two kitchens, and two sets of laundry rooms, etc.” Once he decided to build the home’s future kitchen on the ground floor, everything else flowed from there.
Abrams then worked with Hyphen & Co., an interior design firm that had also worked on Abrams’s Southampton home. The brief? To perform a “mild cosmetic facelift” on the finished property—renovate bathrooms, paint walls, refinish floors, install new lighting, relandscape yard, and furnish every room.
The home office is where Abrams hosts his radio show. Three pictures in the room provide daily inspiration: (1) a sketch of Abrams’s father, attorney Floyd Abrams, arguing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court; (2) an old photo of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Burger, signed by all the members of the court; and (3) an AP photo of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh’s father watching Abrams on television reporting that his son had exhausted his appeals and would now be facing execution. “It’s important to always remember how impactful reporting can be,” says Abrams. The room features a custom-built desk by Iron Oaks, a Linkka 6 chandelier from Arteriors, and a Tufenkian carpet.
Abrams’s son, Everett, loves his bedroom, especially his Orbit chair from RH Baby and Child. “This was one of my favorite things the designers selected,” says Abrams. “It’s incredibly comfortable, and my son just loves to climb on it as well.” The bedroom will soon temporarily convert to a nursery as Abrams and partner, PR executive Florinka Pesenti, plan on welcoming their second child, a daughter, in the coming weeks. The Nelson Bubble Lamp ball pendant is from Design Within Reach, and the Harper denim rug is from Serena and Lily.
“Dan has incredible taste,” says Shelly Lynch Sparks, Hyphen’s principal designer. “He has a real appreciation of antiques. He was open to color and loves texture which is why we layered pops throughout rooms in the house.”
The house is “designed for the life that I aspire to live,” says Abrams. “One where guests are coming in and out of the home all the time. The reality is that it doesn’t happen almost ever, but after COVID, I will certainly be continuing in that aspirational mode!”
This post was originally published on Architectural Digest