Upper West Side - Pre War Apartment Tour with Hattie

December in NYC is like no other place in the world. The streets are filled with over the top Christmas decorations and the festive ambience attracts crowds from yonder. Grab a hot cup of apple cider or coffee and take a tour with me inside the beautiful pre-war home designed by Hattie Kolp - @hattiekolp on the Upper West Side . As I stepped into her apartment I envisioned myself living there in the early 1900's and listening to horse carriages trot up the street. Hattie lives in her childhood home with her two cats and it's styled to perfection. Check out our live tour on my IGTV @tanika_nyclifestyle.

Hattie's Take on Living in Manhattan

1. How long have you lived in your pre-war rented apartment and how many square feet is it?

I grew up here and took over the lease from my parents in 2018 when they retired and moved out of the city. It’s a rent controlled lease so by law I had rights to keep the apartment. My mom always said it was 1500 square feet but I’m not entirely sure about that.

2. As a native New Yorker what inspires you to decorate your home and which elements tie it all together?

I am inspired by pretty architecture of prewar buildings all around the city, specifically in my neighborhood on Riverside Drive. I love ornate buildings with intricate carvings and details. My building was built in the 1900’s and my apartment has so many gorgeous original details like moldings, wood floors, pocket doors and fireplaces. I wanted to pay respect to the that time period by echoing it in my designs. My main goal during my renovations was to restore all of the original details, some of which had been taken away by previous tenants.

3. Can you describe your design aesthetic in 5 words?