Luxurious Manhattan House Residences – Get The Look From Project You!

This past week Project You magazine, along with award-winning journalist and TV personality Tamsen Fadel, hosted an exclusive blogger cocktail party at the The Manhattan House Residences in NYC.

The event was a celebration of the new year and of great style.  Attendees received special access to the luxurious residences; and Heather Zick, the Interior Designer for Manhattan House, shared her ingenious tips and tricks for how to GET THE ‘ Manhattan House’ LOOK  in your own home.  As women who love to entertain at home, the look and feel of each room is important to Elizabeth and I.  We loved Heather’s Reuse/Resize/Rework philosophy of decorating and wanted to share her tips with you.  See below.

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Choose furniture styles and layout wisely:

  • Beds without footboards and chairs without arms are great for smaller spaces
  • Modular furniture that can easily be separated and moved around (example: C606 Master Bedroom chaise can be used with B406 Media Room sectional)
  • Stools and ottomans that can double as tables or additional seating
  • If you have limited wall space, try placing furniture at the end of your bed, behind your sofa or float it in the middle of the room (example: C606 Office desk)
  • Turn convector covers into additional seating by adding cushions and throw pillows
  • See if you can eliminate your dresser from your bedroom by moving it into your closet or by having your closet outfitted with drawers
  • Flex-spaces that can serve more than one purpose (Media Room/Play Room or Guest Bedroom/Office)


  • If you find something you like, but don’t love the color of it, buy it anyway – strip and stain it a color you do like (example: C606 Office tripod floor lamp and Dining Room mirrors)
  • Buy commercial-grade wallpaper that looks like a grass-cloth or some other natural material but is actually vinyl, which is less expensive and more durable (example: C606 Dining Room and B406 Master Bedroom)
  • Paint moulding and trim the same color as the walls to make the room feel larger and more uniform
  • For furniture and frame touch-ups use Sharpie markers and White-out or find a paint color that matches and buy a sample pot

Art, Accessories and Area Rugs:

  • Take your own photographs and have them printed on photo paper or canvas  (example: B406 Dining Room)
  • If you see an expensive piece of art you like, commission a friend or local art student to create an interpretation of it
  • Shop in the flower district for candle holders, trays, vases and silk flowers – create your own floral arrangements (example: C606 Kitchen and Living Room)
  • Shag and sisal rugs are generally inexpensive, versatile and durable – if you like wool and silk rugs, opt for wool and viscose instead which has a similar look and feel but is much less expensive


  • Buy plain white paper lampshades which are the least expensive kind and sponge-paint them for a cool, textural finish and better ambience (example: C606 Guest Bedroom)
  • Buy antique bulbs for light fixtures where the bulbs are visible for a more interesting look – purchasing them online in bulk will be less expensive (example: C606 Foyer light)


  • Shop for fabric in large fabric houses like Mood and B&J – they have some really unique materials, especially in the faux fur and men’s suiting departments
  • Buy throw pillows with removable covers so they can easily be changed – or use an old bedspread or faux fur coat to fabricate your own covers
  • Use a furniture surgeon to adjust a piece to fit in your space rather than buy a new one
  • Have area rugs made from wall-to-wall carpet remnants


“Manhattan House’s model residence staging inventory consists of merchandise that has been accumulated over the years from previous designers and include a spectrum of different styles. Some of it is fairly new and some of it older – some pieces are in great shape and others, have gotten a little beaten up through the constant moves from one model to another. I believe that each piece can be worked into a space and made valid by incorporating complimentary pieces around it. I have to use my creativity and imagination to find a way to turn chaos into clarity, while making sure each model residence has a fresh, new and inviting look each time. I try to use the three R’s whenever I can – Reuse/Resize/Rework – If it’s absolutely necessary that I purchase something new, I will, but I truly enjoy the challenge and creativity it takes to find a way to make the old make sense and furthermore, find a way to make it actually feel like new. Many people have a hard time visualizing in a blank space. They are unable to connect with the space and imagine it as their home without seeing elements in it that remind them of a home, like furniture and artwork. My job is to help them get to the place of being able to imagine it as their home. Since each individuals’ idea of a home is different, I make my goal to simply come up with the optimal look for each space, using what I have available to me. I know my job is done, when I walk into a model residence that I’ve just designed and have a sense that “I’m home” — HEATHER ZICK, Interior Designer, Manhattan House



3 Responses to Luxurious Manhattan House Residences – Get The Look From Project You!

  1. I’m interested in knowing where I can purchaae the green triple orbs lamp shown in the first photo above of Heather Zick’s interior design of Manhattan house?
    Thank you.

  2. Saw your bedroom design in the July7th New York Times Magazine for Manhattan House. The bedroom looks very similar to my master bedroom. I love the purple/ivory chevron rug and wondered if you could tell me who makes it.

    Thank you so much,
    Evelyn Kirschner

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