Meg Ryan’s SoHo Loft is For Sale for $10.9 Million — House of the Day

Meg Ryan’s moving on from her spacious New York City loft. Peek inside the When Harry Met Sally star’s SoHo space.

In 2013, Ryan purchased the property from The Simpsons star Hank Azaria for $8 million, and she’s given it a bit of a facelift in the four years since. The 4,100 square foot loft comprises the entire fifth floor of a building built in the 1880s. The apartment has two bedrooms plus an additional sleeping area with French doors and three bathrooms.

The property was the cover story in the November 2016 issue of Architectural Digest, so in the grand trend of celebrity homes coming on the market soon after they’re on the newsstand, it’s not surprising the place is now for sale. The actress—who made her directorial debut with “Ithaca,” 2015’s World War II drama starring herself, Tom Hanks, and her son, Jack—admits to being a serial renovator. The SoHo place was her ninth.

“I love renovating,” she told AD. “I think it’s tied to living the actor’s life. As an actor, you are so rarely in control. You’re always saying words that someone else has given you, standing in a room that someone else has designed, to create a reality that someone else wants to see. But with decorating I am in control; it’s a chance for me to bring my vision into the world.”

So what vision did Ryan bring to this place? Much of the loft is decorated in black and white, with marble, gorgeous tile, and neutral accents. The master bedroom has eight (yes, eight) custom closets.

Ryan and the apartment even have a rom-com worthy meet cute story. More than a decade before she purchased it, she attended a party there, and then forgot all about it. When she was on her house hunt, she entered the space and immediately remembered it. “It was like so much of New York: cinematic,” she said. “That’s what attracted me. And that’s what I wanted to work with.”

The property is currently listed with Barbara Hochhauser of the Corcoran Group for $10.9 million.


The (Scratch-&-Sniff) Wallpaper in this Austin Home is Everything — Professional Project

Design by: Veronica Koltuniak of Verokolt
Architect: Ben May Design
Home Builder: Bryer Construction and Installation, LLC
Location: Austin, Texas

Scratch-n-sniff wallpaper isn’t usually the first jumping off point in a design plan, but when Veronica Koltuniak of Verokolt lucked out with such a cool client—a self-confirmed bachelor who prefers a home filled with friends, music and late night jam sessions—requesting such rarities, she couldn’t believe her luck.

As a cheerleader for the unusual whose motto is “all about letting your design freak flag fly,” Veronica felt like the design stars had indeed aligned. “I feel lucky when I find a residential client as out as there as this self-proclaimed bachelor,” she muses. “We approached this project as if we were designing an MTV clubhouse; lots of eye candy, pattern on the walls, and an open, yet casual furniture layout that allowed for groups to mingle.”

In the airy, light-filled living room, Veronica opted for an antique rug to ground a vintage moss-colored mushroom stool, West Elm sectional and leather side chairs. “It’s really about scale and balance. I’m a firm believer in mixing eras and periods. If the size works, and you love it, then it’s a keeper,” says Veronica.

Large-scale lighting bolts (by Bien Fait) take center stage in the kitchen, drawing the eye downward from the ceiling toward the homeowner’s enviable lunch box collection proudly displayed in the upper cabinets.

As you continue through the home, brightly patterned wallcoverings quickly become the norm. While seemingly disparate from one another, it’s the vibrancy of each print that creates a cohesive space. In the hallway, a graphic, Pop Art print of bananas by Flavor Paper greets the eye and adds an olfactory twist—it’s scratch-and-sniff and smells just like the tropical fruit (!!!).

In the master bedroom, they came across a hipper take on the traditional toile print. An homage to the homeowner’s Dumbo, Brooklyn, roots, this funky and modern version features scenes from Coney Island, the Notorious B.I.G., and Boerum Hill, to subways, pigeons and Hasidic Jews. A headboard cutout plays peek-a-boo with the wallpaper while an antique side table continues the mid-century vibe of the space. Plush, wall-to-wall carpeting from Patcraft echoes the celadon hue found in the living room area rug.

A break from OTT pattern is a welcomed respite in the master bathroom, where a vintage crystal chandelier dangles overhead linear taupe limestone shower tiles and soft, mint penny round tiles on the bathtub surround. Just when you thought you’d seen the last of the wallpaper, a surprising wall of black and emerald dragons cloaks the walls in the WC.

Amongst all of the wild wallcoverings and mid-century furnishings, Veronica quickly realized one certain thing as the design plan unfolded. “This project reinforced my conviction that I am not the designer for the masses. I like quirky, authentic, and unorthodox and that is what I hope to attract in my design partnerings.”

Thanks for sharing this awesome project with us Veronica Koltuniak!

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An Art-Filled Austrailian Home in a Former Hotel — House Tour

Name: Vicki and Ross
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years lived in: 8 years, owned

Vicki and Ross moved into their home in the inner-city suburb of Carlton eight years ago. Their building was originally part of an adjoining hotel — and it housed a hand ball court sitting in the back. (The first Inter-colonial Hand Ball Competition was played there against New South Wales, in fact!) You can still see some of the original paint markings on the walls in their gorgeous courtyard.

Their home has been through a number of incarnations through the years — in 1970 a prominent architect John Mockridge converted it into his own residence complete with cork ceiling and courtyard. When he retired, a third story was added as a studio for painting. The building was unchanged from his design until Ross and Vicki’s minor alterations in 2013.

They were keen to retain the integrity of his design but to incorporate a current fit in the kitchen and bathrooms. And their impressive wine collection also had to find a new home when they came here, so the outdoor toilet area was roofed and paved, insulated and fitted out with bins for the bottles. Their renovations were completed three years ago.

The house sits on a square and the surroundings are very tranquil and neighborly, despite its close proximity to the city and to a large number of eateries and theaters. “It is a really easy house to live in, nothing too delicate or precious. Feels great to come home to,” says Vicki

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Favorite Element: Our favourite elements are the ’70s feel of the open space and the private courtyard.

Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenge was how to use the huge beam already in place in the courtyard and how to include a toilet downstairs and have access to the garage from inside the house.

What Friends Say: Our friends like the feeling of width and generosity of space so hard to come by close to the city, where Victorian houses are the norm.

Proudest DIY: The soaring walls are a great opportunity for the incumbent picture framer to fill them with artworks. The collection grows from a number of sources: S & J Framing workshop in Prahran, Joels Auction House in South Yarra, Bridget Mcdonnell Gallery on Rathdowne street in Carlton and through private sources. Amongst the favourites are the Celia Percival, Charles Blackman and the John Olsen. The hanging system installed allows for rearrangement when new works come into the mix.

Biggest Indulgence: The biggest indulgence was choosing Castlemaine stone in crazy paving for the courtyard. We don’t regret a cent. The walls marry so happily. Also covering the floors with rugs from The Rug Gallery on Johnston St Collingwood.

Best Advice: The best advice we received was to do the entire job, not to do the third story at a later time. Our advice is, if possible, have a builder and architect that have faith in each other. A good builder will have condensed his sub contractors into the ones who do the job well.


  • Rosemount Constructions P/L Michael Hocking (builder) Darrington Cabinets, Ringwood
  • Perini Tiles Richmond Lighting — Da Voluce Glenhuntly rd. Elsternwick and About Space Gertrude st Fitzroy The courtyard paving and planting — Tim Jackett Taps, sinks etc., — Mary Noall Middle Park Marble bench tops — CDK Stone Moorabbin Handles Handles Plus — Richmond Enzie — Spiral staircase repairs of original from 1970
  • Windows/Doors Nu-Line — Keysborough
  • Dining table, spinning library and credenza behind the sofa all made by Brown Dog Furniture, North Melbourne. (Table made from reclaimed timbers from Queensland Telegraph pole timbers.Their speciality is to make from reclaimed timber.)
  • Metal floor lamp with 4 globes — Geoffrey Hatty Applied Arts, Abbotsford
  • S & J Framing workshop in Prahran, Joels Auction House in South Yarra, Bridget Mcdonnell Gallery on Rathdowne street in Carlton and through private sources. (Amongst the favourites are the, Celia Percival, Charles Blackman and the John Olsen.)

Thanks, Vicki and Ross!


Fridge Crawl #01 – What’s in my Refrigerator Right Now

Hi everyone! So, you know that photo series that I do on Instagram? The one where every month or so, I take a snapshot of the inside of my refrigerator? Today I thought it might be fun to try a video version of it. With the photos it’s kind of cool because you can really see how the contents and ingredients evolve and change depending on the season. I’m hoping this will translate to video as well. In case there are questions related to the specifics – products, recipes, etc., I’m including links here. Also(!) If you shoot something similar (photo or video) tag it #fridgecrawl – It would be fun to highlight other refrigerators from around the world in the future :)! -h


Monogram Counter-Depth French-Door Refrigerator (link) #notsponsored


Homemade Green Powder //
Pickled Turmeric Eggs // Recipe
Wildflower Bee Pollen //
Five Minute Tomato Sauce // Recipe //
Matcha // (Link)
Amla & Fenugreek Chutney // Flower To Fruit (Oakland, CA)
Macrobiotic Rice Blend
Sacha Inchi nuts // (Link)
Cave-aged Chandoka // (Link)
Eggs (Link)

Figs in something boozy + flower extract
Coconut Milk
Prash // (Link)
Vitamin C Honey
Job’s Tears
Creme Fraiche // (Link)
Miso // (Link)
Plain Greek Yogurt // (Link)
Coconut Cream & Mango Cream(!) // (Link)
Coconut & Avocados & Hemp Hearts
Chyawanprash // (Link)
Homemade Savory Power Powder
Big bag of Flax
Sheep’s Milk Yogurt // (Link)


Camu Camu Powder // (Link)
Coconut Water // (Link)
Wingspan Rose // (Link)
Vida Juice Jun Tonic // (Link)
Almonds Soaking // Recipe //
Baby kale & wasabi arugula & micro greens
Leeks & lots of brussels sprouts


MUSIC // Erykah by Otis McDonald //

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Spotted in the Kitchen: A Fascinating & Fresh Take on Herringbone Tile

Like many of you, I am obsessed with visual apps like Instagram and Pinterest, and happily scroll through hundreds of images in a sitting. When I see something interesting or new, I regularly take a screen grab and make a mental note to share it with you readers. My brain sieve is what it is, so my intentions are often better than my follow through. This isn’t one of those times. This kitchen is so great and freshly inspirational, and it’s hot off the digital presses.



If Unicorns Were Household Items, They’d Look Like This

As a close watcher of trends in the design world, I will say that there’s a lot out there that is very beautiful, but few things that feel really new. There are always exceptions, though, like these iridescent homewares (and accessories). They feel different and futuristic and maybe even a little bit magical, the perfect thing for taking your home, and your style, to the next level.

Above: Definitely a bit pricey, but watch for sales. Also, imagine how fantastic these would look on a table — just pair them with simple white plates and linens and you’re ready to go.

The ’80s child in me makes no apologies about being completely obsessed with this table, whose color changes depending on the angle from which you view it. Magical.

For a slightly more affordable touch of the iridescent, try this rainbow tray.

A pretty, statement-making iridescent necklace, inspired by the geometries of folded paper.

I mean, I don’t know that oil is the first thing I’d like my home to smell like, but I trust Tom, and the vase is awfully pretty (though the price tag is quite scary).

Tiny mosaic tile usually feels a little bit 2004, but the iridescent sheen makes it something entirely new. This is a bathroom at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, from Muy Yum, via Poppytalk.

Zetus lapetus, these are fantastic! Wear with an all-white outfit and a slightly mysterious expression for a chic “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” vibe.

Prismania Chairs at Noon Furniture, contact for price

These iridescent chairs from Noon Furniture look like bubbles and really, what more could you want? Your inner child will be so pleased.