Manhattan Pre-War Apartment Renovation With Colorful Latin American Flair


Photo by © Jackson Hill

This Manhattan apartment underwent a complete renovation, led by the Washington DC-based design firm Solis Betancourt & Sherrill. The goal of designers Paul Sherrill and Jose Solis Betancourt was to create a colorful pied-a-terre that could showcase the client’s collection of Latin American art. It was important to create interiors that reflected the client’s elegant lifestyle, but that could also serve as a comfortable place where the client can spend time with her grandchildren.

This is the fourth residence Solis Betancourt & Sherrill has designed for the client. The prewar apartment had great bones, but needed a dramatic update.

A native of Puerto Rico, the client is accustomed to the bright hues of the Caribbean and wanted to incorporate that vibrancy in her new apartment. The dining room painting by Puerto Rican artist Rafael Ferrer was important to the family, so the designers used its bright colors as inspiration for the home.

For the entry, the designers painted the walls an intense blue then covered them with a gilded wall covering by Weitzner with a textural net-like pattern that permitted the color of the walls to show through. The two entry hall paintings are by Puerto Rican artist Olga Albizu.

The living room melds vibrant colors and contemporary art while maintaining the elegance of a traditional salon. Above the fireplace is a sculptural canvas from the 1970’s by Cuban-born artist Zilia Sanchez and over the sofa is a circular work by Linling Lu.

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