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gramercy park: at home with headwest design

Many long to have a key to the private historic Gramercy Park in New York City, but for the crafting couple, Silka Glanzman and Jake Levin of Headwest Design, it’s their front yard. Exclusively for Sacramento Street, Material Lust steps inside one of the original townhouses that line the park built in the 1850’s.



The sensitivity of the interiors, dressed against the original architecture of their home is reflective of the “romanticism exploration” of Headwest Design, rooted by functionality, material and reflection on the place. The interior layers of old and new are peeled back to give a collected sense of home.

Your relationship to the park is felt as soon as you enter into the living room, greeted by french doors that fill the room with natural light, as the park peaks through the window panes. Draped with pale green pleated sheers, the doors make the perfect entrance to the terrace that overlooks the park.

Your relationship to the park is felt as soon as you enter into the living room, greeted by french doors that fill the room with natural light, as the park peaks through the window panes. Draped with pale green pleated sheers, the doors make the perfect entrance to the terrace that overlooks the park.


Inside, centered on the terrace doors, the fourteen foot baroque mirror accentuates the drama of the tall ceilings. Against the mirror is a long farm house dining table, surrounded by mis-matched chairs and an apothecary found on a thrifting trip near Wellsville, NY, which is perfect for staging collected glasses, spices and liquor.

A wall of bookshelves flank either side of the fireplace, stacked full of art, design and cook books. Her favorite book on the shelf is a first edition of the book The Measure of a Man, by Henry Dryfuss from 1960. Jake’s favorite is a copy of Wendel Barry’s book of poetry, Leavings. On top of the bookshelves are vintage radiator grates, one of their first purchases in Hammondsport, NY where Silka spent her summers as a kid.


Their bedroom is small, but cozy. The wallpaper, one of the first things Silka decorated the apartment with, is reflective of the original charm of the building through its saturated color and pattern. The white painted wood bed is dressed with a hand embroidered throw from a recent trip to Mexico. Art from their respective families decorates their bedroom walls, including a painting by Jake’s Father above the bedside table and a vegetable painting by Silka’s Grandmother on top of a vintage pale blue dresser.
The overwhelming sense of home ends with what is cooking in the kitchen. The brick wall peels back the original plaster work above and is covered with pots, pans, shaped baking pans and vintage rolling pins for creating the perfect meal.

Come back tomorrow to cook with The Butcher and The Baker at home in their Kitchen and a fabulous giveaway!

Photos by Material Lust

13 responses to gramercy park: at home with headwest design

  • Helena - A Diary of Lovely says:

    wow, amazingly beautiful, very impressed, love all the books and the warm colors!

  • Gild and Grace says:

    What an amazing home! I loved Gramercy Park when I visited NYC :)
    Abbey x

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar says:

    this feels like it would be a really cosy space to be in. nice find! x

  • With love... says:

    Oh wow. I have always wondered what the houses around the wonderful gramercy park would look like from the inside. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • MG says:

    I love Gramercy. So gorgeous and this home is no exception. I am insanely jealous and wish I could live there!

  • Daniella says:

    What a lovely home!

  • EveinEden.com says:

    I am just loving your blog and recommending it to everyone I know. Your eclectic mix of styles is not only a treat for the eyes but gives a very homey feeling. Can't wait to see your next posts.

  • Anonymous says:

    What wonderful photos, what an inviting and fascinating glimpse of a home where such interesting work is made.

  • NauticalWheeler says:

    amazing! i think every new yorker's dream to get inside those gates. love the brick wall in the kitchen!

  • M.R. says:

    absolutely beautiful!

    love getting to go behind the gates!

    mindofmr.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous says:

    you have such a great sense for color, style, and creativity. every part of your beautiful home is so inviting. simply amazing… LMB

  • Ridgely's Radar says:

    Looks great! Thanks for the look inside!

  • reub-envision says:

    i love the pots & pans on the brick
    ~such a great look

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