Sutton Foster’s N.Y.C. Home Gets a Colorful Update
Some of you may recognize Sutton Foster from the Broadway circuit where she has graced the stages of 11 shows—and picked up two Tony awards along the way. Others may know her from the thoroughly entertaining TV show Younger, where she stars alongside Hilary Duff and Debi Mazar. And now that the series been picked up for their fourth season, we foresee many more long days of filming for Foster, after which she will need to come home to a sanctuary—you know, a place where she can unwind, kick her feet up, and take ridiculously cute Instagrams of her two pups Brody and Mabel.
Good thing then that Mike Harrison came along just when he did. Harrison, who is known as a dressing room guru on the Broadway circuit, has spent the better part of the last couple of years outfitting the backstage spaces for some of the biggest names to have graced the Great White Way including Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Leslie Odom, Jr. Most recently, he partnered with HomeGoods to transform Sutton Foster’s N.Y.C. apartment from a little too neutral to energetically colorful. “Sutton wanted a space that was vibrant, whimsical, fun, and didn't take itself too seriously,” says Harrison. With that vibe in mind, he hit the ground running to achieve the desired effect. Check out the before and after photos.
DINING ROOM BEFORE
The dining room had color but lacked the sophistication that Harrison had in mind.
DINING ROOM AFTER
The stunning black velvet with gold trim dining chairs were probably the most epic Homegoods find ever. “In order to create an eclectic and collected look, things should coordinate, not match. This creates more interest,” advises Harrison. The rug, also a score from the discount store, anchors the seating area and adds life to the space.
LIVING ROOM BEFORE
“To create the vibe for this area, I looked no further than the already existing pink tufted sofa,” says Harrison, who set to create an environment that supported this eye-catching piece.
LIVING ROOM AFTER
Here, Harrison dispersed pops of bright pink evenly throughout the entire room. “I also introduced the color teal as I knew that it would accent the lime green rug,” says Harrison. Meanwhile, the addition of gold magazine rack and side tables add a bit of glam.
“What I love about styling bookcases is that there are no rules as to what can be displayed,” says Harrison. “There is an equal mix of functional books combined with family heirlooms and little knick-knacks.” Here the decorator is tasked with making the shelf well-balanced and fun.
“The biggest thing to consider when propping a bookshelf is proportion: If one shelf has books stacked to the right then consider the shelf below as an opportunity to stack books to the left,” advises Harrison. “To make the combination of objects, trinkets and books look styled as opposed to messy, I evenly dispersed pops of color and gold.”
The priority was to keep this room calm and serene. It is, after all, a place for rest and relaxation.
“When dealing with a monochromatic palette, utilize an abundance of textures and patterns to keep the space from feeling stale,” says Harrison, who did just that by mixing in graphics, fringe, stripes, and solids, all in grey and blue tones.
Pretty bare bones, the office primarily serves as Foster’s husband’s writing room. “It was important for it to have a slightly more neutral palette,” says Harrison who set to keeping it simple while bringing in subtle interesting accents to spark creativity.
Harrison stuck to the neutral palette edict and added touches of color and personality so that it didn’t feel stale. Here an end table is used as a coffee table (a huge space saver) and the mirrored top echoes that bit of glam that can be seen throughout the home.