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Overlooking Central Park, the penthouse Bette Midler shares with her husband Martin von Haselberg has been home for nearly 30 years. In each space, their personal journey is shared.
Architectural Digest showcased her space in 2014 demonstrating what Midler advocates is a necessity in Manhattan – more natural light, as well as her devotion to Mother Nature with green spaces on her terraces that appear more likely to be seen on a sprawling estate than in an urban jungle.
Admittedly, the library shown just above and just below would be my haven. With layers of lovely signature upholstery and pillows and throws, a brilliantly large floor-to-ceiling window that is liberated to welcome all of the natural daylight in that is available, the hours of reading that would occur in this room would be infinite.
As well the chaise lounge in her bedroom, the light-filled kitchen that opens to the outdoor terrace and the sunroom that begs company to stay longer than expected for a delicous brunch or afternoon tea, Midler’s home is designed and decorate to live in and relish.
Needless to say, I am smitten. As you will see in the interview, when she sees something that catches her eye, she doesn’t question it; she welcomes it into her home – thus an eclectic compilation of decor details from the ceiling lights in the sunroom to an art-deco rug made by Virginia Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Bell.
- Let the natural light in!
- Embrace a “highly personalized”approach to decoration, yet balance your space with careful color combinations that compliment and add depth to the space.
- Pull the eye up with drapes from ceiling to floor, beautiful pendants and built-in bookshelves from floor to ceiling
- A warm white hue is cozy yet brightening when complemented with other light, warm hues – blushes, soft golds and muted oranges.
- Monochromatic bouquets in large, unique vases create grandeur but also a warm and inviting space.
Images via Architectural Digest