This jewel box Manhattan apartment is a collage of patterns inspired by antique fabrics |

This jewel box Manhattan apartment is a collage of patterns inspired by antique fabrics |


‘For so many years our home design has been subject to spilled drinks, popcorn in the sofa, and various dogs,’ Jill Lasersohn explains. ‘But now the kids have left the nest and my husband Jack and I bought this Manhattan apartment, we can finally live like grown-up adults’. 

Jill arrived in New York City from the Midwest some 30 years ago and met her husband Jack not long after. They made their full-time home in the Hamptons, but with their two daughters now grown up and living in the city, the couple decided it was time to invest in a pied-à-terre. 

black and white kitchen in new york apartment

Cabinetry, Tedd Wood Fine Cabinetry. Les Scenes Contemporaines wallpaper, Jill Lasersohn Toile Collection for Schumacher.

(Image credit: STYLIST CAROLYN ENGLEFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY MAX KIM-BEE)

‘We were visiting our girls and taking advantage of museums and shows so we wanted a home that felt like a sanctuary we could stay without having to bring a suitcase – a hotel suite in the city. It’s 600 square feet with one bedroom and one bathroom and we refer to it as our little jewel box,’ Jill says. 

Jill Laserohn is the owner of one of the largest private European textile collections in the world and her toiles, in particular, have inspired a collection from Schumacher – and several of the designs are beautifully showcased throughout the Upper East Side apartment. 

toile wallpaper in kitchen with sideboard and art on walls

Les Scenes Contemporaines wallpaper, Jill Lasersohn Toile Collection for Schumacher.

(Image credit: STYLIST CAROLYN ENGLEFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY MAX KIM-BEE)

‘I began by collecting 18th-century French and English silks and toile de Jouy, getting to know the best dealers in New York, the UK, and France. I’ve gradually worked backward, slipping into the 17th and 16th centuries, and now I’m extremely proud of my 15th-century pieces,’ she elaborates. 

‘Day to day, I have to be a botanist so I can recognize certain flowers. I have to know about the dyes used. If I’m looking at an old master I have to know about the sitter and the painter. Every day I go down this huge and magical Alice in Wonderland research hole and I can’t wait to wake up each morning and do it again,’ Jill enthuses.

sitting rom in new york apartment with armchair and sofa around coffee table

Wall sconces, Vaughan. Custom sofa in a silk velvet, Schumacher. Sisal carpet, Stark. Cushion in Tigre silk, Old World Weavers available at Scalamandre.

(Image credit: STYLIST CAROLYN ENGLEFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY MAX KIM-BEE)

‘We bought the apartment from a lovely elderly couple and although it was well-appointed it was in a time warp. What I thought would be a quick, easy cosmetic turnaround became a total gut project – much to Jack’s chagrin,’ Jill says.

‘For the interiors, I worked with Marshall Watson, who I’ve known for over a decade. We felt that decorating with black was a must, against which we layered pops of rich golden ochre and the perfect green (which is not too cool or warm). My three 18th-century chairs were regilded but in good enough condition to use. The custom sofa pulls out into a sleeper and was one of the most expensive purchases of the entire apartment but we love it.’ 

office with desk bookshelf and light

Antique Directoire writing desk and Tole peinte bouillotte.

(Image credit: STYLIST CAROLYN ENGLEFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY MAX KIM-BEE)

Despite being heavily involved in the redecoration of the apartment Jill says she still has a ‘pinch me now’ moment when she views her surroundings.

‘The wallcovering in the bedroom is called Chariot of Dawn Toile Panel Set and was remastered from my original toile de Nantes from the 18th century, which was itself inspired by Aurora, a fresco painted by Guido Reni in Rome in 1614 (both were eras in which anything neoclassical was the toast of the town).’ she explains. 

bewdroom with mural painted on wall

Antique alabaster lamp base. Chariot of Dawn Toile Panel Set wallcovering; cushion fabric, both Jill Lasersohn Toile Collection for Schumacher.

(Image credit: STYLIST CAROLYN ENGLEFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY MAX KIM-BEE)

Jill continues, ‘I was thrilled that Schumacher chose this and reimagined it, blown up 13 times. It’s very dramatic. When your eyes pop open in the morning you feel like you’re up in the clouds with these beautiful goddesses.’

‘This is very much a “tuxedo” of an apartment and every time I walk in and see my collection decorating it I get goosebumps,’ she says with a smile. 

bathroom with wallpaper and gold fittings

Hydrangea Drape wallcovering, Schumacher. Brass fittings, Barber Wilsons.

(Image credit: STYLIST CAROLYN ENGLEFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY MAX KIM-BEE)

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