A Library, Ample Natural Light and Cozy Seating to Nestle In: Bette Midler’s Home in Manhattan

Aug 29, 2019

Overlooking Central Park, the penthouse Bette Midler shares with her husband Martin von Haselberg has been home for nearly 30 years. In each space, their personal journey is shared.

Architectural Digest showcased her space in 2014 demonstrating what Midler advocates is a necessity in Manhattan – more natural light, as well as her devotion to Mother Nature with green spaces on her terraces that appear more likely to be seen on a sprawling estate than in an urban jungle.

Admittedly, the library shown just above and just below would be my haven. With layers of lovely signature upholstery and pillows and throws, a brilliantly large floor-to-ceiling window that is liberated to welcome all of the natural daylight in that is available, the hours of reading that would occur in this room would be infinite.

As well the chaise lounge in her bedroom, the light-filled kitchen that opens to the outdoor terrace and the sunroom that begs company to stay longer than expected for a delicous brunch or afternoon tea, Midler’s home is designed and decorate to live in and relish.

Needless to say, I am smitten. As you will see in the interview, when she sees something that catches her eye, she doesn’t question it; she welcomes it into her home – thus an eclectic compilation of decor details from the ceiling lights in the sunroom to an art-deco rug made by Virginia Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Bell.

Key Takeaways:

  • Let the natural light in!
  • Embrace a “highly personalized”approach to decoration, yet balance your space with careful color combinations that compliment and add depth to the space.
  • Pull the eye up with drapes from ceiling to floor, beautiful pendants and built-in bookshelves from floor to ceiling
  • A warm white hue is cozy yet brightening when complemented with other light, warm hues – blushes, soft golds and muted oranges.
  • Monochromatic bouquets in large, unique vases create grandeur but also a warm and inviting space.

I have pulled a handful of my favorite images from the tour, but be sure to enjoy the entire space and read the interview.

Images via Architectural Digest


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2 thoughts on “A Library, Ample Natural Light and Cozy Seating to Nestle In: Bette Midler’s Home in Manhattan

  1. What a beautiful home?! i love all the light and that garden is gorgeous. That home library is a dream. I subscribe to AD and i can’t wait to receive the magazine in the mail each week to peruse all the beautiful architecture…. We have been working on our home library since we bought our home and it is really coming together. We have a chaise lounge and a dry bar that I adore and two leather reading chairs for when my husband and I sit and read to each other. Right now we have bookshelves but the plan is to install built in shelves and a ladder! it is one of my favorite rooms in the house. Love your blog! I have been enjoying TSLL for years.

    1. Your home sounds like it is coming together beautifully! And reading to each other – I so enjoy that with someone special. 🙂 Thank you for sharing Heather and enjoy the continued journey of your sanctuary.

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