This ‘Quintessential New York’ Apartment’s Black and White Marble Tiles Are Utterly Dreamy

published Feb 24, 2023

This ‘Quintessential New York’ Apartment’s Black and White Marble Tiles Are Utterly Dreamy

published Feb 24, 2023
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Name: Isabel Warren-Lynch
Location: Beekman Place — New York, New York
Type of home: Co-op, one bedroom
Size: 700 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year 6 months, owned

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Isabel Warren-Lynch’s dream of living in a “quintessential New York apartment building on a perfect New York City street” came true when she purchased this co-op apartment in what she describes as a quiet, historic enclave in Manhattan. “The trees, the quiet, the popular dog park at the end of the block along with a spectacular view of the East River make me feel as if I am in a movie or a favorite children’s book everyday,” describes Isabel.

Designed by Rosario Candela in the 1930s, the building that Isabel’s apartment is located in has a rooftop terrace with 360 views of midtown and the East River. But that’s not what sold her on the apartment. “I fell in love with the classic black & white foyer tile marble the instant I walked in the apartment,” she writes.

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My Style: Curation from my past and present accented with a happy, energetic palette. Fresh, well-lit white walls are the backdrop.

Inspiration: My art collection, many from children’s books colors Nature: seashells, the sky and the sea. Big fan of Charlotte Moss Design, Ronal Harte Antiques, Celery Kimball.

Favorite Element: I fell in love with the classic black and white foyer tile marble the instant I walked in the apartment.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Surround yourself with art and things that uplift your spirit, remind you of your best memories, and truly expresses who you are.



  • Entire Apartment — Benjamin Moore “Chantilly Lace” – eggshell walls, semi-gloss beams
  • Artwork from curated collection, which includes numerous pieces of illustrations from children’s books I designed or art directed.
  • Inherited pieces, some purchased on trips and visits to Maine


  • Original black and white marble floors
  • Dresser — From childhood
  • Repurposed shelves for artwork


  • Original hardwood floors
  • Sofa — B.Altman’s, 5th reupholstery in Schumacher’s “Elephants” in blue 
  • Chairs — Family hand-me-downs, third reupholstery
  • Love seat — Family hand-me-downs, third slipcover in blue and white ticking
  • Round table skirt — Schumacher’s “Belize Plaid,” in Orange
  • Coffee table — Second-hand, Indian Brass. Purchased on Chairish
  • Pillows — Assorted: Two Ralph Lauren, three Ballard Design, handmade needlepoint of Front Street Bermuda finished during the pandemic and made into a pillow at Rita’s Needlepoint, East 81st Street NYC


  • Table — Pottery Barn
  • Rush Chair — Ballard Design
  • Reupholstered Ballard chair in Indian bedspread to match bar piece panels


  • Architect Gregory Zack
  • Contractor Alan Tlusty, Hamilton Wood-Works
  • Cabinets — NuKitchens, Norwalk, CT. UltraCraft, Shaker style, maple wood, white
  • Counter Top — “Calacatta Botanica” by Stonemark


  • Beautiful bookshelves woodworked by Donal Wiegmann of Trinity Woodworking
  • Maine wooden factory table.

Thanks Isabel!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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