City living somehow manages to be both cramped and fabulous all at once. Polly Devlin's new book "New York Behind Closed Doors" captures the glamour of small space living by peeking inside the homes of some of the city's most fascinating personalities.
Photographed by , this coffee table read features 24 homes and stories from New Yorkers who have made their apartments into homes, filling them with art, books, collections and funky furniture galore. Devlin then dives into the homeowners's backgrounds, as well as a critique of their space.
The book, which came out September 5, surveys every corner of the city, offering a look at the modern, the traditional and everything in-between. Check out these 10 highlights.
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Collins designed her apartment as an homage to cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein. Her dining room is an extension of the vivacious purple palette used throughout the entire home.
In a duplex on Park Avenue owned by jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, both the intricate plasterwork on the ceiling and the Italian marble on the fireplace are from the building's original design. The room is filled with art, antique collectibles, and textiles just as luxurious as you would expect from a jewel expert.
Armand Limnander, the executive editor of W Magazine, makes an argument for symmetrical decor with matching sofas and floor lamps in the living room of his Memphis-style apartment in Chelsea.
While this Harlem house was boarded up when they first visited, Darryl Pinkney and James Fenton, a novelist and poet respectively, transformed this abandoned building into any New Yorker's dream home. The yellow drawing room highlights the restored plaster ceilings and perfectly complements the original onyx fireplace. The duo used Renaissance and Baroque accessories to decorate.
Walking into the Harlem brownstone owned by interior designers Ronald Wagner and Timothy Van Dam, you are instantly transported to 15th-century Venice. Their Gothic Revival Orientalist library is full of mementoes from their travels around the globe.
Painter Judith Hudson moved to this midtown apartment after her divorce, and now her space does double duty as a studio and a home. In her living room, the white walls are offset by colorful rugs and vibrant artwork.
Formerly a Tribeca shoe factory, husband and wife architect duo Sandro Marpillero and Linda Pollak,have turned their space into a chic NYC loft. The first floor office is a gateway to the mezzanine connected by stairs that appear to float in the air.
The Modulightor Building, designed by Paul Rudolph, looks bigger than it is. It was carved out of a 20-foot-wide townhouse-sized plot. Now owner Ernst Wagner lives on the third floor, where the living room is his own personal botanical paradise.
In a beaux arts building in the middle of Fifth Avenue's museum mile lies the Payne Whitney Mansion. The Venetian Room, just off the rotunda of the home, featuress, gilded ceilings and decor rife with history.
During a gut renovation, decorator and designer Friederike Kemp Biggs was able to design her storied New York apartment exactly to her liking. In the Upper East Side home, her office squeezes in a mini library and ample seating for company.