Refining a Penthouse in Manhattan

Refining a Penthouse in Manhattan

Refining a Penthouse in Manhattan


Jennifer Yedid


A family in New York's Meatpacking District was expecting baby number two in no time, so Homepolish's Megan Grehl took their penthouse and seemingly made space out of thin air.

Photos by Claire Esparros.

Whenever we see the letters “PH” in Manhattan, little shivers of excitement run down our spine. We know what THOSE letters mean. No, we’re not talking about acidity level. We’re talking about penthouses! Those most prized apartments in New York City, where we imagine glittering jewels and butlers and essentially Aladdin’s cave of wonders. Ok, we’re over-reacting. Even in these magical places, sometimes space can be cramped. Illustrious penthouses are still smaller than most houses in the rest of the country.


So when it came to Jennifer Yedid’s apartment in the Meatpacking District of New York, square footage was at a premium. Cue baby number two, and the family didn’t know what to do. They brought in Homepolish’s Megan Grehl to figure out how to layout the apartment for the new addition, but still keep the style at the top level.


According to Megan, Jennifer’s aesthetic is a mixture of ethereal and edgy… think Alexander McQueen meets Tom Ford. (Her wardrobe actually includes both.) So how do you simultaneously create an extra room without losing the apartment’s airy nature? Megan took the large dining room and split it in half, making one piece the nursery. French doors made sure that the room didn’t feel closed off. Plus, with a light gray color scheme and smaller scale furnishings, the apartment magically looks bigger than when they started. They’re really making the most of that PH.


I knew what I wanted to do with the space and how I wanted it to feel, but Megan really helped drive my vision home. She was able to pinpoint the key areas we needed to focus on so the project didn’t feel overwhelming, and she was also a great resource to bounce ideas off of.

- Jennifer Yedid, Homepolish client
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