Sutton Foster might be best known for her work on Broadway but these days, she’s an uptown girl! After tying the knot in 2014, the actress and screenwriter husband Ted Griffin, 45, bought their two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Manhattan’s homey Upper West Side neighborhood. Between the breathtaking views of the Hudson River, abundant natural light, and a practical floor plan, the bones were there: They just needed a hand to make it a home.
The Music Man star, 47, invited archdigest.com into the historic Greenwood Lake, New York, the property she shares with her husband Ted Griffin. The couple teamed up with Foster’s friend and designer Michael Ostrow of Grace Home Furnishings to renovate the 1885 Dutch colonial house, which was built by Gilded Age architect Bruce Price.
While the home has plenty of character thanks to its historical architecture it just needed a little more “warmth.” The couple wasn’t afraid to add colors hence they felt stark or super neutral cold or fussy. They wanted the house to feel like a sophisticated playroom and an outlet to pour their aesthetic into. Aiming for a modernized take on the Aesthetic Movement, he created a playful design that capture Foster’s affinity for butterflies and floral patterns.
Having chosen a vibe, Harrison and Foster worked together to find new furniture and decor at HomeGoods to complement and coordinate with existing staples: custom art of Foster and Griffin’s dearly departed pooches, Charlie and Linus; memorabilia, including her two Tony Awards, from a showbiz life; and precious peeks into her and Griffin’s love story.
The large-scale flower wallpaper, for example, is a showstopper on the ceiling of the light-filled living room, which also contains a special record player, fitting for the Tony Award-winning actress. The pair have decorated their house with precious memories and personal items, for instance, they have their wedding vows hung on the wall to remind each other every day about what they’ve committed to each other.
From upholstered chairs to lacquered green walls and mounted bookcases, the home looks like a modern fairy tale. Foster shared that the best feature of her house has to be the luxurious bathtub which was installed in the primary bathroom. She describes this as the “Dream tub” which was her favourite relaxing spot after coming home from the performances of The Music Man on Broadway.
About the music man
The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naïve Midwestern townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band.
In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and running for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and spent 245 weeks on the Billboard charts.
The show’s success led to Broadway and West End revivals, a popular 1962 film adaptation, and a 2003 television adaptation. The Music Man is frequently produced by both professional and amateur theatre companies and is a popular choice for high school and college productions.