Name: Midyette Family
Location: Tribeca — Manhattan, New York
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years lived in: 10 — owned
The Midyettes are an amazing family. They somehow balance the busy schedule of 3 young girls, 2 very demanding jobs, and the everyday demands of Manhattan living. They do it all with the ease and grace that one would expect from a southern belle and a gentleman. Though now located in Tribeca, they have crafted a space that feels so relaxed, hospitable and beautiful that you might begin to feel like you were transported directly to Charleston, South Carolina — at least with a twist*.
When they first began to renovate this one time factory space the Midyettes were pleasantly surprised to find that behind the 9 foot dropped ceiling there was the original 15 foot vaulted brick ceiling. It was a split second decision to take the time and effort to uncover such a gem. This mentality to value history and lovingly incorporate it in a modern and smart way is why this space can resonate with so many people. The facility in which they incorporate inherited antique furniture with modern and child friendly products is a demonstration of their worldly style and sensibility. The words that sum up the two sides of design style are undoubtedly 'Chic' and 'Rad' — or singularly 'Ch-rad-ic'?
Whatever you call the style in how they design their space, they should definitely keep doing it. The space performs perfectly in balance with the demands of entertaining adults and keeping the kids entertained. In fact, the apartment is a little bit of a funhouse for adults and for people not yet out of elementary school. For the older crowd there are perks like an amazing laundry station (for many, still the epitome of 'making' it in NYC) or multiple wine refrigerators and a built-in ice machine under the kitchen counter for parties. For the younger crowd there is an entire playroom stacked floor to ceiling with games and toys, some of which are family treasures passed down from one generation to the next. But for the Pièce de résistance I have to say it's a toss up as to who benefits most. The Ballet Mirror and bar installed for the burgeoning ballerinas in the Midyette family is both perfect for the girls but also a real thrill for the young at heart. I was enthralled when I was treated to an impromptu performance of Swan Lake by one of these tiny dancers.
It is an apartment full of love, art, fun, and elegance that continues to evolve and fold in the new and the old.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic mix of inherited treasures and new finds from travels.
Inspiration: The goal of mixing metropolitan living and entertaining with family friendly ease.
Favorite Element: The Kitchen is perfect for entertaining and can easily handle daily dinners and kids projects.
What Friends Say: It is bright, open, inviting and has a feeling of modern warmth.
Proudest DIY: Coffee cup paintings. They were painted from a collection of coffee cups from places that may or may not still exist in New York City.
Biggest Indulgence: The Ballet mirror and bar. The girls love it.
*It should be noted that in tune with true southern hospitality, Buxton Midyette makes THE best Vodka Martini with a twist. Thank you Very MUCH for sharing your wonderful space!
Thanks, Midyette Family!
Images: Gregory Sparks
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