Textures are the key to the sensual style of the white parlor in interior designer Alina Apteker's home. White leather sofa and chairs from Ralph Lauren, thick wool rug from Laundry & Arcari, and breezy curtains of Bergamo sheer fabric all suggest romance. Mirrors from Oly Studio reflect candles on the nearby beverage cart, adding another romantic element.
A painting by Itzchak Tarkay adds color to the white parlor. Tickling the bottom of the painting is an arrangement of white ostrich feathers, one of Alina Apteker's favorite elements. "Feathers are so suggestive of sensual delight," she says.
"At night, you feel like you are at a dinner party in a Parisian garden," says Alina Apteker, noting the dining room's many textured elements: green artificial boxwood on the walls, orange sheer curtains, and a Louis XVI-style chandelier. She chose a mix of Versace patterns for the china: Russian Dream, Baroque, and Printemps. "I couldn't choose one pattern as I loved them all. It's modern maximalism."
Leaving the ebony-stained oak stairway bare would have been just too dull, so Alina Apteker chose a zebra-pattern runner for drama. The choice is sensible as well. "Animal prints are timeless and very practical in terms of hiding stains and dirt," says the designer.
Walls and pillows covered in Robert Allen's "Bambi" create a stunning banquette just outside the master bedroom. "The faux fur wraps around you," says Alina Apteker, who also had a throw made of the Bambi fabric. "I love mi textures, so I especially enjoy rela in this area in silk pajamas. Silk and fur." The mattress itself is covered in durable cotton canvas; storage drawers under the 12-foot-wide banquette add a practical side to the sexy area. And for a budget mix: the mirrored side tables are from Target.
A signed poster showing the Beatles in their 1960s prime adorns a wall of the family room. A pair of side chairs wearing sexy white skirts is placed near the poster. “There is something sensual about black-and-white photography of life-size or larger-than-life people,” says Alina Apteker. “At your house, you want to surround yourself with things that you love, that make you feel good. This is like hanging out with Beatles in your family room.” The nature-motif wallpaper, “Woods” by Cole & Son, is another passion of interior designer Apteker’s, giving the family room a sense of the outdoors.
Alina Apteker used black, white, and faux fur to give the master bedroom the feeling of a sexy boudoir. A black veil-like fabric, from Mood Fabrics, adorns the doorway, and matte black painted walls flank the window. Draperies and ceiling panel are in Robert Allen's "Bambi." Headboard and chaise lounge are upholstered in white leather, a sensual choice.
An acrylic wall sconce is all playful curves in the master bedroom, mounted on a matte black wall near faux-fur draperies. The contrast of lace-like acrylic next to voluptuous fur adds drama.
Alina Apteker chose an image of Warsaw's Mermaid, a legendary Polish woman/fish that saved the city from disaster, to bring naked sexuality to the bathroom. "She is so beautiful, so sexy, yet powerful and strong," notes Apteker, who was born in Poland. "She is not a sex kitten. The fact that she is larger than life makes you feel her power too."
Layers of white and texture give a sleek sensuality to the kitchen, where glossy white cabinetry complements the countertops of Calcutta Gold marble. "Once I saw this marble in the quarry, there was no going back," says Alina Apteker. "There was a big slab, with a dramatic vein going across… so beautiful, such a turn-on."
Sometimes romance is all about old-fashioned sentiment. For window treatments, Alina Apteker chose a sheer to counteract the kitchen's stark modernity. "I bought a white sheer with a flower pattern. It adds warmth and a bit of nostalgia," says the designer. "When I was growing up, we had the same sheer in our kitchen in Poland. I needed something soft, girly, lacy." For a scale shift, she chose a wallpaper printed with oversized utensils and placed it in the cupola alcove above the island.
Kitchen pendants from Chimera add glamour to the room. "With their crystal beads, they are very feminine, very airy, they almost move when we open the door to get a breeze in," says Alina Apteker. "They remind me of a sexy girl in an A-shaped dress."
Interior designer Alina Apteker chooses decorative elements for drama and touch. A cowhide rug from ABC Carpet accents the dark wood floor of the dining room. On the table, a snakeskin runner adds a wild note.