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The star of the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris has once again become a household name since his child stardom on Doogie Howser, M.D. Harris has broken the trend of child stars by revitalizing his career into that of a true showman, especially during his time hosting the Academy Awards. Now, Harris and husband, David Burtka, have made the move from sunny Los Angeles to New York City with their twins and two dogs. In a glorious new house, the couple opened their doors for an inside look at their exquisite home.
Always the showman, a sneak peek into Harris’ home office proved to be quite difficult. Why? Harris had the contractors place a trick door in the home to hide the entry to his workspace. From his eclectic style to his witty humor, we have no doubt that there is much more magic waiting in the rest of the house.
From showmanship and tricks to elegance and sophistication, the home does not disappoint. The master bedroom features a massive fireplace surrounded by slate gray walls and rustic hardwood floors. Take a closer look at the mantle to see one of Harris’ prized purchases. This is a mantelpiece from the 1800s that he bought especially for this room.
One of our favorite of many looks in the home is the large master bathroom that is both simple and extravagant. From the tiled floors to the large mirror and chandelier, the black and white theme is accented by tub décor and the gold hue of the chandelier itself. The subway tiled shower is a room in and of itself, featuring large glass-paned doors that run floor to ceiling in a tribute to Japanese structures.
Though this room may be considered small by traditional standards, for a New York home, this is a rather large space. Continuing with the slate gray décor in the master bedroom, the room boasts lighter walls and darker, contrasted bunk beds with coordinating linens. From the fun rug to the Roman shade, this room is perfect for twin boys!
The master bedroom has less architectural appeal that many anticipated for the home but, the décor more than makes up for it. With the custom designed wallpaper serving as the focal point of the room, the linens and couch all reflect the same slate grey and blue color palette. With a custom bed large enough for a couch rather than a stool, this room must be quite spacious.
The living room, or den as some prefer to call it, is a throwback to the art deco areas with numerous pieces of memorabilia lending to Harris’s love of magic and showmanship, much like his character on How I Met Your Mother. With a mix of color and appeal, this living room looks well used and comfortable from the leather couch to the desk and even the guitars sitting nearby.
The salon sits on the main floor of the home and features a vintage western design. In fact, the bar was actually taken out of an old hotel in Connecticut and restored for use. From the historic bar to the vintage red couch and the mantle, this room is a fine tribute to the old west and features gorgeous long and narrow doors that offer ample natural light.
Transitioning from the vintage western design of the salon, the Harris’ kitchen is the most modern room in the house. Featuring tall ceilings and expansive black cabinets, the room’s dark hardwood floors are illuminated against tall glass doors. A massive island made of Caesarstone anchors the room and utilizes pendant lighting to add interest and height.
A magician, a showman and, yes, as we know, even a musician, Harris is a man of many talents. Therefore, it is no surprise that the home features a full scale music room for entertaining and practicing. Beyond the elegant décor, Harris had the walls of the room lined with fabric to ensure the room’s sound quality. Our personal favorite is the blue lounger and how it naturally reflects the blue in the large canvas painting.
The parlor floor hall boasts southern comfort and charm with its simple design. The pillars, designed by Tom LaDuke, run the length of the staircase and add great height and visual appeal to the room. The white walls make the natural light bounce through this area and illuminate the rustic wood floors and classic chandelier.
Another room in the Harris home features a modern design. Again, we see stark white walls and large windows with accent pieces that continue to reflect the slate grey, blue and red used in other rooms of the home. The ultra-modern furniture from designer such as Room and Board, Powerll and Bonnell, and others, is an ideal match for this open and energetic space.
Here, Harris and Burtka are pictured at the foot of the staircase on the main floor of their home. The staircase was designed by Trace Lehnhoff in 19th century fashion with collaboration from Povero and Company. With a beautiful picture gallery lining the stairs and their dogs resting nearby, this truly feels like home.