Wild for One Fifth Avenue by Tamara Magel

I am thrilled to share a project that was presented to me this week. It is a welcome respite to all the furniture and things that I am trying to get organized from High Point Market to share with you. 

I am loving Tamara Magel‘s gorgeous new project at One Fifth Avenue in NYC.

It actually makes me crave a minimalist lifestyle

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 One of the very few isolated skyscrapers in NYC, One Fifth Ave. is a prestigious rarity that dominates lower 5th Avenue and has become a landmark of the Washington Square area, one of the most famous and culturally significant neighborhoods.

A young power couple with a background in finance and real estate purchased the unit as their first home together with their new baby. The dwelling was originally owned by an older couple and while it still had an upscale approach, it was filled with dark, outdated artwork, furniture, and floral tapestry. While scouring Pinterest for farmhouse chic but glamorous style inspiration, the wife, stumbled upon some of Tamara’s projects and fell in love with her signature style. Tamara’s talent and expertise drove the project and made the couple’s dream home a reality. Tamara completely renovated and updated the apartment from the ground up. She added chic herringbone floors, one of the most influential changes to the apartment, and complimented it with classic black trim, luxurious white walls, and incredible artwork commissioned by her long-time friend Peter Brockman.



The most important aspect of the renovation was the dining room. The couple loves to entertain and desired a space where they could accommodate guests for parties and gatherings. Beautiful blue velvet chairs from the leading modern furniture designer, Milo Baughman, are a show stopping feature that sets the tone for the area. The jewel box of a room also features a round lacquered table with a 6 chair dining set that can be expanded to fit 12 perfect for any occasion. Lindsey Adelman, one of the most in-demand lighting designers in America, designed the one-of-a-kind glass blown chandelier that sits over the table adding a unique and personal touch to the dining room






The 1940’s Noniti purple velvet chairs are the key feature that brings the living room together. With the addition of a marble coffee table and grey sofas the living room becomes a haven for lounging and relaxing.


The bathroom was fitted with a smooth white and black marble custom made sink and accented with an antique gold faucet. 

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The couple’s bedroom is a flawless combination of masculine and modern while still being glamorous enough for a woman. This room is where the urban farmhouse chic style really comes into play. One of the most eye catching pieces is the $8, 000 silver fox duvet cover that drapes across the bed. Centered above the bed, on the black accent wall, is a French lettered brass frame featuring Brockman’s art. Tamara’s own furniture line made an appearance in the elegant gold side table.


The stunning dressing room contains the same white and gold accents as the bathroom with the addition of a stylish rug and white pouf stool at the vanity.


I hope you enjoyed seeing this wonderful project. 


Having left a successful consulting career in the 1990’s to pursue her passion for interior design, Tamara Magel worked for a number of prestigious design companies before creating Tamara Magel Lifestyle.

She has now parlayed her design expertise into home fashion and fashion with a belief that interior design, like fashion, can change with the seasons, Ms. Magel utilizes neutral furniture pieces and alters home accessories throughout the year. Having already created a number of custom furniture lines, the natural next step was to delve into home and fashion accessories. Inspired by runway couture, her vision was to bring fashion into furniture and vice versa.

She has a love for using exceptional textiles and materials from around the world – such as organically dyed yarns, knits, macrame and beads – to bleached woods and natural stone. The interplay of inspired textures, colors, natural materials and clean lines define her distinctive, comfortable style.

Tamara’s work is infused by an inspired world-view of “weaving cultures” – reinterpreting heritages and local traditions into an exotic tapestry of design. Her lifestyle brand is one that is “at home in the world” and reflects a stylish and easy approach to living well. She has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, The New York Times and Lonny magazines, among others.

Tamara started her own interior design business eleven years ago in Washington, DC. In 2011, she opened a showroom in New York’s Soho and as of 2014 opened up an office in Sag Harbor N.Y. where she currently resides.



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