Bethenny Frankel isn’t the only cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City who’s invested in glamorous downtown real estate. Carole Radziwill, the journalist who joined the Bravo series in its fifth season, recently opened the doors to her Soho pad to Architectural Digest, offering a peek at a recently-completed renovation that gave her apartment the feel of a “French bordello,” according to her interior designer.
Radziwill, who is the daughter-in-law of the socialite (and sister to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) Lee Radziwill, has lived in her Soho apartment since 2002, but the revamp didn’t start until about a decade ago. A sofa that once belonged to her mother-in-law was the impetus for the change; it needed to be completely reupholstered, and once Radziwill and her designer, John Bossard, got started, they just kept going.
The living room, on the duplex’s first floor, was completely gutted; as AD puts it:
Walls were refinished or repainted, and new pieces were mixed with old ones Radziwill felt were worth keeping during the overhaul, including twin Brutalist table lamps, a shagreen-top console, and a button-tufted banquette that Carole modeled after the booths inside New York nightclub Bungalow 8.
A small bedroom was also revamped, adding in what she calls a “girly” design that includes Ultrasuede walls, an antique dressing table, and space for one of the Emmys that she won during her career as a reporter. It also now has a huge walk-in closet. “Like every girl in New York I dream of walk-in closet where you can see all your clothes and the hangers don’t touch,” Radziwill said.
Now, she says her home is an escape from her days of filming on RHONY. “I’m the girl who is going to go home, shut her door, and be in solitude, surrounded by beautiful things,” Radziwill told AD.