Step inside actress Mae West’s former apartment

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Kimberly found the apartment by chance. A friend told her there was an open house at Mae’s old apartment, so Kimberly went. Although she wasn’t looking to buy an apartment at the time, she fell in love with it: “It had high ceilings, incredible views and, above all, the Mae West connection,” He says. “The arch, the trim, the tiles, the windows…everything seemed frozen in time. Within 15 minutes I was planning my move here.”

Mae had made the apartment famous in its own right because she was often photographed there. An article published in Architectural Digest in 1994 he looked back on his 48 years at the house and quoted her as saying, “There’s always been only one way: the one that’s right for me.” Kimberly has found it challenging to embrace that very edict. How could he make the place that was right for Mae West right for her?while paying tribute to the star?

In the dining room, the red chairs were owned by Mary Pickford. The wallpaper in the room is Paradiso in black and multicolor, designed by Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little.

Tim Hirschmann.

“I have tried to find the balance between honoring his memory and having my own design style,” Kimberley says. “Her fabulous house of hers was all white and gold, which is unlike me.” Instead of turning the apartment into a museum the way Mae West wanted it, Kimberly has turned to making it the way she wants it. She also celebrates the star by having gatherings in space—in which she always raises a glass to the star—introducing a younger generation to Mae as often as she can, and exposing some of its “wonderful treasures”.

Kimberly created what she calls the music room for her husband Greg, who moved into the apartment after she had decorated most of it: “I wanted her to have a space that was her own,” she says.

Tim Hirschmann.


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