Saturday, October 24, 2015
The star of the Neil Patrick Harris showed us the interior of his house in New York, where he lives with his family.
2014 was a very eventful year for Harris. He finished filming in the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ series and was appointed as the Oscars host (held in spring, 2015). He got a Tony award for participating in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Also, he and his husband, actor David Burtka, moved together into a new house, but not just a new one – they moved from Los Angeles to New York.
In fact, New York City is not news for them – they went to Los Angeles when Harris got a role of heartthrob Barney in ‘How I Met Your Mother’. The series turned out to be a hit, broadcasted for nine seasons, and Harris with his family stayed in California for ten years. However, they stubbornly clung to their apartment in Harlem, and even did not want to lease it out.
When the time came to look for a new home (after the appearance of twins Gideon and Helen four years ago, it became clear that the apartment was cramped), Harris and Burtka reviewed many districts, but finally stayed in Harlem: they liked the five-story XIX century townhouse because it had an excellent ‘character’, even though it had to be repaired seriously.
Earlier, this house served as a small hotel, so after the couple bought it, the main task of the architect Geoffrey Povero and designer Trace Lehnhoff was to give the interior a residential look and atmosphere. A kitchen has been redesigned greatly – Burtka once studied to be a cook and now he is cooking a lot and with pleasure.
Harris also loves to host guests, so there was a need to make a large room for parties, where they set a bar, saved from a demolished hotel in Connecticut. In this room there is also a favorite Harris’s thing –a chandelier made of bicycle chains. Harris likes this contrast wildly – it is made of rough pieces, but is so elegant and hanging in a family house!
The house has a lot of modern art and the owners collect it enthusiastically. But different trinkets collected by Harris are much more important, for example, the items related to the tricks and circus, which are his passion.
As Harris says, he loves Scooby-Doo cartoons: secret rooms, living portraits and other fun horror stuff. For example, one can get to his office having pressed a magician’s eye on a vintage poster, concealing a secret door.
Naturally, their children have a lot of fun in this house. In the evening, the parents read them books, being surrounded by circus souvenirs. According to Burtka and Harris, the children appeared to be a major factor to have determined the design.