Discover the elegant design of the iconic Manhattan Brownstone from “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”
Those who love Audrey Hepburn can now stay in the iconic brown stone of her character Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The exterior of the townhouse was featured in the iconic 1961 film. Inside, the experience is even better.
Upscale vacation rental company Inspirato welcomed the property, aptly named Hepburn, to its portfolio earlier this year. The membership-based rental company now offers stays for its members to experience the house, located just six blocks from Central Park on New York’s Upper East Side at 169 E. 71st Street.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s brownstone to Inspirato’s exclusive branded luxury vacation home portfolio,” said Inspirato CEO Brent Handler. “It’s an honor to be a part of the house’s greater history and we couldn’t think of a more perfect residence to be the cornerstone of our New York residential offering.”
The home has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms and spans 4,465 square feet. There are several spaces to enjoy, including a furnished outdoor area, a garden patio and two terraces. There is also a wine cellar, a library, a living room with an entrance hall, several fireplaces, a dining area for eight people, a gourmet chef’s kitchen and a mother-in-law’s suite with a kitchenette and a dining area. and separate living room.
The five-story townhouse was first built in 1910 and is located in one of the most prestigious locations in the upscale neighborhood. Until Inspirato added the house to its portfolio, it was a private single-family residence (and had several lives previously). Previous owners turned to Holly Logan of HV Logan Design to create the sleek, quintessentially New York interiors.
“First and foremost, we really wanted to respect the historical significance of the building and its surrounding neighborhood,” says designer Holly Logan. “We went out of our way to make sure everything on the exterior was historically accurate, and we brought in artisans to refurbish many lovely details. From the magnificent masonry and brickwork to the restoration of the original front door, all have been painstakingly brought back to their former glory. Inside, we took advantage of the large windows, the high ceilings to create spaces that spoke to the building. As a designer, you really feel obligated to get the right details, for the client and for the property itself. We had our work to do, as the building had been split into a duplex, and we had to completely empty the entire residence from top to bottom in order to achieve a truly graceful single-family residence.
Logan was indeed inspired by the timelessness and elegance of Audrey Hepburn and incorporated the iconic shine of Holly Golightly through mirrors, luxurious fabrics and antique chandeliers.
“I like the idea that a room is a series of discoveries,” says Logan. “You first see the overall scale and proportions of the space, then you’re drawn to the material palette, then your eye shifts to the furniture and fabrics. It’s a layering process and they all need to work together seamlessly. We were able to include so many wonderful details like herringbone oak floors with an ebony inlay, shutters built into the glorious window side panels, a TV hidden behind an antique mirror, and exquisite light fixtures.
Noble and high quality materials were very important to include in the home, and Logan wanted luxury materials and design to play against the backdrop of classic paneled walls and a coffered ceiling finished with silver leaf.
“We envisioned the property as a sophisticated and timeless townhouse designed for entertaining and enjoying with family and friends,” she says. “I was playing the movie in my mind of elegant cocktail parties with such chic guests moving through the spaces we were creating. We only used the best materials and craftsmen as we felt the property deserved the best. We absolutely wanted a collaboration between refined and luxurious materials and the most modern comfort.
The house has a neutral color palette with many textural elements that make it warm and inviting. The natural light, the grand staircases and the elegant and sophisticated designs make it a true sanctuary in the heart of the city.
The Hepburn is available for Inspirato members to book for their next vacation.