Celebrity Homes: Ina Garten’s Apartment & Why She’s My Secret Weapon

Ina Garten standing near bookshelves and orange sofa in East Hampton home
Celebrity Homes: Ina Garten in her East Hampton home

Ready to peek inside the celebrity home

(a beautiful Manhattan apartment)

of Ina Garten?

I bet it won’t surprise you that I have been forever in love

with the Barefoot Contessa, the brilliant and beautiful

Ina Garten, for obvious reasons.

She has incredible taste and shares it.

Her decor style is simple and tasteful, with restrained elegance.

She creates the best recipes and entertaining ideas

which are realistic and achievable.

She loves dessert.

She strives for ease but won’t

do the impossible and then orchestrate

matters to make it all look easy…

there’s a transparency I have come to trust.

Her cookbooks are gold.

A couple of winters ago, we were invited to

a dinner party where I was asked to bring dessert.

I know my way around the kitchen, but

I’m not sure I have ever been so nervous

about preparing a dish.

The host of the party has legendary chef skills,

and he was cooking us courses paired with

fine wines I knew we would remember forever,

and my dessert would follow all the magic and

deliciousness as the last taste guests would remember.

So who do you think I turned to in my hour of need?

The Barefoot Contessa, of course.

Ina Garten’s Apple and Pear Crisp

I made Ina’s Apple and Pear Crisp and

bought the best vanilla ice cream I could find.

The host/chef (who did not know what I was bringing)

served it in individual magnificent French enamelware

dishes which were absolutely perfect, elevating a very

simple dessert to European chic status.

And how did dinner guests respond

after the most amazing quail, emu, squid, etc?

With sighs and gratitude.

It was a hit.

The host even remarked:

“I don’t bake, so this is special.”

Sometimes I bake it in individual ramekins.

My Apple and Pear Crisp in individual ramekins

You can count on Ina Garten to

deliver the lovely, whether she is

decorating one of her beautiful properties

or schooling you in preparing a fabulous

meal ahead so you aren’t

slaving away from guests in the kitchen.

I love her devotion to her husband and

how she shares her personal journey so beautifully.

Here’s what she told House Beautiful a few days ago:

“Jeffrey and I had been married for two years when we went

camping in Normandy, France. The woman who owned the

campsite offered us beef bourguignonne, and I was like

“Yessss!–we had very little money, and I’d been using

a small gas stove in the tent. Well, the meal was extraordinary.

I had to figure out how to re-create it, and I used Julia Child’s

Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I taught myself to

cook using cookbooks; now I’m obsessed. But I had

no place to keep them – they were piled on the floor

in stacks! So I built them a home.”

I knew Ina’s backstory about how in D.C. she

practiced recipes all week long before serving

dinner to guests on the weekend, and that perhaps only

sounds crazy to folks who are not mad about cooking

since I used to do the same thing as a work-at-home-mom

who loved to experiment and practice in the kitchen!

The Gartens moved to a new apartment on Park Avenue

last summer and are selling their 1-bedroom Manhattan

apartment which you may have seen featured in

an interiors magazine or on her show.

It’s a home with an airy, European, relaxed,

Belgian feel that so many of us admire.

Let’s tour it and then peek at her new city apartment.

Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Bookcase: a 16th cenury reproducion from Axel Vervoordt’s Belgium shop

Some particulars:

1920’s Manhattan residence
Magnificent leaded glass window
One bedroom
Oversize master suite
Two-story living room
Galley kitchen

Source: AD
Interior Design: Daniel Romualdez
Photography: David Paler

Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Celebrity Homes:Who can forget those infamous pumpkin curtains!

Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Celebrity Homes: Galley Kitchen in Former Manhattan Apartment of Ina Garten

Bedroom in Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Celebrity Homes: Simplicity in this Bedroom

Luxurious bathroom in Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Celebrity Homes: Bathroom in Ina Garten’s former Manhattan Apartment

Images below: via

Belgian sofa and bookshelves in Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Ina Says she prefers highbacked sofas like these because she’s not tall

Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Celebrity Homes: Another image of the Bedroom

Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Celebrity Homes: Ina Garten’s Former Manhattan Apartment

Galley Kitchen in Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Belgian stone countertops, open shelving, and steel window

Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Belgian Stone Counters in Ina Garten Kitchen

Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Celebrity Homes: Stunning Leaded Glass Window

Dining Area in Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Celebrity Homes: Ina Garten

Bathroom in Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Celebrity Homes: Detail in Bath of Former Apartment of Ina Garten

Ina in Living Room of Belgian style Manhattan apartment of Ina Garten
Celebrity Homes: Ina Garten

Where did she move?
A 2,450 s.f. pied-à-terre in the Philip House
on Park Avenue

It’s a 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment with 3 fireplaces
and the former home of Nancy Novogrod, former editor-in-chief
of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast’s House & Garden.

Ina Garten's Park Avenue apartment
The New Apartment
Ina Garten's Park Avenue apartment
The living room is 36 x 19 with 10′ ceilings

Ina Garten's Park Avenue apartment
Ina Garten’s Park Avenue Apartment

Ina Garten's Park Avenue apartment
Celebrity Homes: Ina Garten’s Park Avenue apartment

Ina Garten's Park Avenue apartment
Kohler sinks, Dornbracht-polished nickel faucets, E.R. Butler & Co. hardware,
a Miele dishwasher, and a sub-zero stainless steel refrigerator

Ina Garten's Park Avenue apartment
Celebrity Homes: Ina Garten’s Park Avenue apartment

Ina Garten's Park Avenue apartment
Celebrity Homes: Ina Garten’s Park Avenue apartment

Ina Garten's Park Avenue apartment
Celebrity Homes: Ina Garten’s Park Avenue apartment

We cannot blame Ina for wanting her city kitchen
to live larger, but is anyone else a little sad
she’s letting go of that 1920’s gem
so perfect for housing her personal treasures?

Stay tuned for tours of Ina Garten’s
Paris apartment, Hamptons Barn, and of course,
her well-known East Hamptons home.

Here’s my post about
Meg Ryan’s NY apartment
if you missed it, and here are
a couple of recent posts you might enjoy:
40 Beautiful House Exteriors to Inspire
A Stunning Modern Farmhouse Renovation

Peace to you right where you are.

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6 Comments

  1. March 28, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Both homes are lovely but the larger one just rocks. I am striving this year to be more minimalist. I have way too much stuff and I am going to purge the place later this year. When my business is launched. If that ever happens. ;-))) Both events are huge undertakings. Maybe the purge is even bigger than the launch!

    • March 28, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      my hat's off to you, carol! it makes sense you are compelled to let go as something beautiful and brand new is about to be born…xox

  2. March 28, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    You went and did it again! I sat down at my computer for a quick check of emails because of all the projects I need to accomplish today, and I did it….I opened today's post and 30 minutes later here I sit thoroughly entertained. I, too, love Ina and one of my favorite evenings was when I attended a program where Ina was interviewed live on stage. She's just as fun and spontaneous in person as she is on film. Thank you for the hours you invest in entertaining your followers –

    • March 28, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      hahaha! you have seen her in person? wow! so glad you are enjoying. your kind words are like honey. xox

  3. March 28, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I always forget I'm looking at apartments! Thanks for sharing Michele! I've never seen anything other than her home in the Hamptons on Food N. About a year ago I thought I heard she and J. were getting a divorce.. I looked it up and confirmed they were NOT. Like you, one of the things I liked about her most was her devotion to her husband. xo

    • March 28, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      i was obsessed with her when she bought this first apartment because she had been to Belgium and so thoughtfully put together her finds…i'm a freak and having a hard time allowing her to let the place go! 🙂

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