Images: Rachel Langworthy
Seri Kerzner turned her tiny Manhattan abode into a colourful family home with a place for both playtime and party time.
Toronto-born Seri Kertzner, co-owner of Little Miss Party, lives in a 950-square-foot Manhattan apartment with her husband and sons. They've been renting the Greenwich Village space for eight years and it boasts a killer view of the Empire State Building. "I always dreamed of living in New York," she says. "I knew we'd be stupid to leave this place!"
Still, the drab furniture, tired and broken parquet floors, and awkward nooks meant it was time for a refresh. She desperately wanted something family friendly yet stylish and party-ready for her flourishing event planning business. She turned to her friend Lisa Hershman of Play Chic Interiors in New York to come up with a plan that would make the space work hard and look good all at once.
Wood and iron dining table
The bookcase offers a lot of storage with a small footprint and was updated with a sweet bird-print wallpaper pattern to add a layer of detail.
The couple's two sons, Luke and Gavin, have their own little lounge/play area on one side of the living area, where their toys and games can be corralled at the end of each day. Mini armchairs coordinate with the adult furniture in the room.
Contemporary grey living area
Lisa helped Seri shop for major pieces that are durable enough for two boys but still sophisticated for adult entertaining. So out went the old bachelor-pad-style black leather sofa, and in came a contemporary but cozy grey one. And a coffee table was ousted in favour of an elegant ottoman (with no sharp edges).
Glamourous gold accents
A pair of gold elephants injects a dose of playful glamour.
Family fun time
Little Miss Party proves a home can be a place for both playtime and party time.