Combining two city apartments into one

Designer Sara Bederman converts two Manhattan apartments into one – for a luxurious, family-friendly space.

City living is often characterized by compromises which we know translates into less living space. Most urbanites are well-versed with terms such as “micro,” “mini” and “minimal.” So, you can imagine my surprise when my clients wanted to combine two apartments into a single functional and fabulous dwelling. Aside from its ample square footage, this stunning apartment features a few other urban extras that take it to the next level. Here are some of my favourite highlights of this home.

Front foyer

This is the first impression of your home, so make it a grand one. In the apartment’s front entrance area, I opted for a glamorous look. Walls were finished in faux eel-skin wallpaper. Underfoot, soft white and grey vein cut marble tile. Brass-detailed furniture, and elegant glass sconces add rich, textural layers into the space.


Regardless if your home is large or small, if the space is shared with one or eight, one thing is certain – the need for enough bathrooms. This home design tackled demand right from the get-go. The new floorplan included ensuite baths in all bedrooms. The powder room was relocated and finished with a marble feature wall, marble floor and wallpaper.

Eat-in kitchen

Here’s a real luxury when it comes to urban dwellings; the elusive eat-in kitchen. The eat-in banquette boasts a table with a matching Corian tabletop, to keep a cohesive aesthetic in the kitchen. A gorgeous hand-blown glass orb suspension light hangs above the banquette.


A fireplace represents the heart of the home. It’s where family and friends gather, share and… nap. It also becomes a wonderful point of interest in the space. This apartment features a ventless fireplace set within a beautiful custom-millwork wall, with a surround that is clad in marble. The walls flanking the fireplace are outfitted with custom shelving units, open for display. Remember, only collect and keep the things you really love, never out of obligation. You’ll be proud to display your curios and happy to tell the stories behind them. Your displays will look intriguing and utterly chic.

Overall, this home is as true to its owners as it is to New York City. It’s warm, welcoming and full of character. The ask – combining two separate apartments into one family home – became a great opportunity to incorporate all those little luxuries that take this space a step above.


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