A love of English sporting life sparked Bennettâ€™s desire to collect the equestrian painting.
The Weinstocksâ€™ kitchen was designed
to resemble that of an
English country house
dairyware was once
used to deliver milk.
Step into the sitting room of Bennett and Judie Weinstock’s home at The Barclay and it’s obvious where the inspiration for its mash-up of tartans originated: Bennett’s wardrobe. “I mix them, and I have a way of mixing them that works,” he says. “This is the way I dress. I always wear a patterned tie with a plaid or tweed jacket. Not everyone can pull it off.”
That’s just one of the many wholly personal touches that give the couple’s Center City home its distinctive design. Equally personal is the Weinstocks’ history with The Barclay, which stretches back more than 40 years. They share fond memories of enjoying piano music in its cocktail lounge as a young couple, and even spent their wedding night at the fabled hotel. So when they were looking to move on from their Delancey Street townhouse and start a new chapter in a new home, they found it serendipitous to learn that The Barclay, established in 1929, was being converted into condominiums.
After purchasing their condo, the couple—both interior designers and owners of Bennett and Judie Weinstock Interiors—decided to redesign the rooms to suit their lifestyle, turning them into their “manor house in the sky.” Known for a European style that blends bold color and pattern combinations, these two self-proclaimed Anglophiles filled their rooms with paintings and antiques from 18th- and 19th-century England. “We are classic and timeless—that is our way of life, from the way we dress to the way we live,” says Bennett, who became smitten with everything English during a trip to London in college, the same year he met Judie. “The Barclay reminded us of hotels in London.”
To give the architectural details of the 11-room home an old-world appearance, they installed reclaimed millwork, such as flooring and paneling, and brought in master woodworker Victor Rossi. “We use painters and craftspeople who take pride in their work,” Bennett says. For a cabinet in the office, Rossi copied the style of a William IV–era cabinet in reclaimed mahogany so it would look as if it were made for the room. He also installed Regency-style paneling in the master bedroom suite.
While the couple have been collectors their entire marriage, they were mindful of how to use these pieces in their home. “If you live in a house, it should look like a house,” explains Bennett. “Nothing should be behind closed doors. You should enjoy your things every day.”