Sabrina Soto’s Penthouse Pops with Color

published Oct 19, 2011
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Name: Sabrina Soto
Location: Upper West Side, New York
Size: 1200 square feet, 2 bedroom, 2 bath rental
Years Lived In: 7 months

Sabrina, an HGTV designer and personality, just moved to NYC from Washington DC for her new show. She downsized from a sizeable house to a brand new 2-bedroom luxury rental, basically starting over from scratch.

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Sabrina’s vision for her sun-drenched, penthouse apartment was to keep things neutral but to add a lot of color through accessories — both natural and man-made. As the Target Style Expert for Home, she has done a lot of work with Missoni for Target so you’ll notice pieces from that line around the apartment. Sabrina also included antiques and vintage pieces throughout to ensure a unique look.

Mixed in with the more expensive pieces are easy and accessible DIY solutions with a big impact. For example, for the master bathroom, Sabrina bought a bunch of inexpensive frames, painted them all the same color, and mounted them in a clusters on opposing walls.

The result is a crisp, fun home full of clean lines, and lots of well spaced spots to take in the view.

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Apartment Therapy Survey

Style: Casual Colorful Modern

Inspiration: New York City

Favorite Element: The view of Central Park.

Biggest Challenge: The lack of time I had to decorate my own space. As they say, the cobbler’s children have no shoes.

What Friends Say: They think it’s a fun and sophisticated space, which is a great compliment.

Biggest Embarrassment: Not realizing that my sofa was a bit too high, so I had to cut the metal legs myself on set.

Proudest DIY: My carbon steel coffee table. I had it made in a commercial kitchen manufacturing plant in Brooklyn and blackened it in the backyard of my friends place nearby. Needless to say, it’s a VERY heavy piece, but can double as a dance floor if need be.

Biggest Indulgence: The Michio Takayama painting above the couch.

Best Advice: Although most makeover shows are about 22 minutes in length, it takes a lot longer than that to put together a cohesive room design. Take your time, don’t rush the process.

Dream Source: ABC Home & Carpet,, Target,, Ebay, NYC Flea Markets

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    • Master Bedroom: Benjamin Moore — Gray Husky
    • Office: Benjamin Moore — Silver Springs


    • Console – LAX floating console
    • Acrylic Wine Rack – CB2
    • Martini Shaker – Missoni for Target
    • Clear tealight holders – Two’s Company
    • Vintage Radio – Pip & Estella


    • Art – Michio Takayama
    • Media Console – Design Within Reach
    • Decorative Plate – Missoni for Target
    • Chairs – Gus Modern
    • Vertical Garden – Urbio
    • Frank Gehry Wiggle Chair – estate sale
    • Planters – West Elm
    • Vintage Glass Water Buoy –
    • Vintage Fans – A few are from ebay and others were passed down from family members


    • Table — Room & Board
    • Chairs — Herman Miller Eames
    • Chandelier — Iacoli & McAllister


    • Bed — West Elm
    • Bedding — Dwell Studio
    • Bedding — Target
    • Lamps — Jonathan Adler
    • Pillows — Etsy & Gracious Home
    • Pouf — Calypso Home for Target
    • Felt Basket — Target
    • Accessories and Frames — Target


    • Towels — Target
    • Wall Art — Kenneth Wingard
    • Framed Tiles — Target
    • Vintage Frames — Ebay, flea markets
    • Shower Curtain — Custom

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Thanks, Sabrina!

Images: Jill Slater

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