A Work of Art in Hyde Park

An interior designer renovated her Hyde Park condo and created a series of rooms that perfectly showcase her own grand collection.
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Don’t let the classic facade of this historic Madison Road building fool you. As the old saying suggests, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Built by the esteemed Emery Roth & Sons of New York City in the 1940s, it’s home to Amy Youngblood’s 3,000-square-foot condominium. When she first purchased it, it was cramped, with tiny rooms. She wanted a more open concept layout, so she took down several walls to unveil a larger kitchen, primary suite, and relocated dining room. All this openness has allowed her home and art to breathe. The owner of Amy Youngblood Interiors loved her condo’s good bones but not its Italian Renaissance style-inspired interiors, so she set out to refresh them.

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First, to help emphasize her own one-of-a-kind art collection, Youngblood chose a backdrop of calming yet timeless hues. “I hate interior designs that have too many colors—you don’t need the whole rainbow to style a room,” she says. She stuck with a soothing greige color palette, adding pops of warmer tones to create a sense of flow that “tells a story” by bolstering the vivid colors in her wall art. The overall effect, she says, is a sense of timelessness.

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“We wanted the pieces from my collection to speak for themselves,” Youngblood says. All the artwork—such as a glass, paint, and resin black and gold piece by local artist Andrea Eisert in the dining room—was chosen by Youngblood herself. As were design elements she has collected over the years that themselves could be works of art, like astonishing light fixtures, furniture from Vanguard, custom rugs by The Rug Gallery, and updated lighting from Hubbardton Forge and Arteriors. In the kitchen, for example, Youngblood selected a veined quartz waterfall island, but the true star of the room is the shale stone overhead pendant. The steel finish combined with natural rock creates an organic, contemporary look that perfectly juxtaposes against the clean lines of the room’s furniture and abstract shapes featured in her wall art. It’s this sense of cohesion that really makes the condo a masterpiece.

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