Greg’s Dashing Uptown Home

published Oct 28, 2013
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Name: Greg Schriefer
Location: The Ritz Tower – Park Avenue, NYC
Size: 1,450 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years

High above the busy city streets, Greg’s home feels like an oasis — serene, comfortable, masculine, and filled with personality. It is clear that all of the pieces that occupy the space are chosen with love and attention. As an interior designer, Greg Schriefer has an exquisite eye — one that finds just the right balance between perfection and coziness. His space is well curated, but also most definitely a home.

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In Greg’s home, a serious knowledge of design mingles seemingly effortlessly with a sense of playfulness and whimsy, but getting to the point where the home felt polished and yet warm and inviting was not a turnkey experience.

Greg explains:

“This spacious one bedroom two bath was originally a one bedroom, one bath, joined to a studio apartment. We removed the wall of what would have been the living room/dining area into the bedroom to create an open L shaped living/dining room area. The kitchen was remodeled and opened up by installing two undercounter side by side refrigerators, allowing visibility to the living room — and space for a bar.”

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic Modern.

Inspiration: Creating a comfortable, warm and inviting home.

Favorite Element: Wall Panels.

Biggest Challenge: Reuse of existing fixtures and construction elements. Also concealing the through wall air conditioners.

What Friends Say: “It has a great feel of comfort and elegance with a palette that is soothing to the eyes.”

Biggest Embarrassment: My crown molding is starting to crack!

Proudest DIY: Enclosing the air conditioners by cutting sheet metal and building my own duct work.

Biggest Indulgence: The Crestron In-Wall A/V System — remotely controlled by iPhone and iPad.

Best Advice: Use plaster crown moldings.

Dream Sources: Donghia, Holly Hunt, Plaster Crown Moldings.

Resources of Note:


  • Benjamin Moore: Wedding Vale


  • Artwork: Joe Lapiana
  • Light Fixture: Chrome and Glass Hanging fixture, I had to grind the globe out to get the proper Edison bulb to fit inside
  • Paneling throughout apartment is a MDF (medium density fiberboard) cut ¾ inch thick, cut into panel with ¾ space in between with a ¾ inch reveal on the edges.


• Rectangular patterned rug in grays, dark taupe, and black: Einstein Moomjy Handmade Wool in India- Tibetan • Steele Sofa: Crate and Barrel • Clairemont Round Table Gold with glass • Bloomingdale’s Excel End Table Black Top with Chrome Base • Koinor – James Chrome with Brown Leather Chair • Coffee Table: Bloomingdales • Eames Lounge and Ottoman • Hermes Avalon Blanket • Modern Solid Wood Hourglass Table: Dumpster Diving • Chrome and Petrified Wood End Table: Bloomingdales • Lamp: Bloomingdales • George Chiou RH Love Contemporary Studied with Louise Nevelson • Sam Sincher Sculpture: Man Climbing Over Man to Make His Way to the Top • Ralph Lauren Horned Box • Silver Piggy Bank: W Hotel Miami • Monkey Bowl- from the Monkey Bar…no, I didn’t take it, it was a gift. • Burning Match Oil Lamp- Designed by Julia Thesenfitz “Leave the Light On”

• Faux Chinchilla Fur Throw: Ken Alan


• Dining Chairs: Eames® Aluminum Side Chair • Table: Maurice Villency Macassar Ebony Dining Room Table and Sideboard • Art: Allan Tuttle • Bowl: Ralph Lauren • Brass Ystad Candlestick Holders • Higgins Glass Plate

• Arwork: Portrait with a letter “A,C”- Mark Greenwalt


• White Carrera Countertops • Hudson Valley Cabinets • Stainless Steel Appliances • GE Monogram Induction Cooktop • GE monogram side by side under counter refrigerators • Alvar A. Aalto- Glassware piece • Calligaris Italian Evin Chrome and White Leather Bar Stools • Concealed Miele Dishwasher

• Gracious Home Plumbing Fixtures- Close out sale


• Cleo Brass Tripod Lamps • “Spring Light” circa 1960 Oil on Canvas 16X 74- Fuller Potter (Artwork) • Ralph Lauren Home Modern Hollywood Bedroom – Bed and Night Tables • Ralph Lauren New Bohemian Metal Leather Club Chair- Tobacco Leather with Chrome • Boom Arm Floor Lamp: Ralph Lauren • Dresser- Leather Front Dresser • Crate and Barrel- Mason Console Table • Built In Custom Closets • 2011 Jeff Koegel XXII.Hive- Painting atop dresser • Kelly Wearstler Gold and Ceramic Bowl • Artwork: Washington Flowers

•Rug: Baxter Grey (Crate and Barrel)


• Linen Closet Doors reclaimed from the doors originally used between the living room and the dining room area- Hardware on closet doors are Cheryl Wagner • Sam Sincher 1997- A gift from his wife, Ray after Sam passed. • Bathroom Vanity- Preexisting as well as Carrera floor and bathtub • Shower Walls- White Carrera • Marble Ring and Kohler Sink added to update the very traditional handmade vanity which was preexisting in space hand painted metallic gray green •Custom built three mirrored vanity


• Used original tub, covered with Carrera marble to mimic master bedroom tub and added hand cut custom 10.5” X 4” tile • Bombay Chest from Bloomingdales that was retrofitted with reclaimed marble from original vanity with Cheryl Wagner fixtures. Along with Cheryl Wagner Vanity Mirror. • Sink: Kohler • Painting: Washington Flowers artist inspired by Jackson Pollock • Polished Nickel Crystal Ball Light Fixture
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Thanks, Greg!

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