Give us a pre-war apartment, a Greek Revival home, or a townhouse, and we feel right at home. But modern spaces challenge us. And this apartment was no exception. It lacked any interior architecture, or what we like to call “good bones,” so we set out to give it just that while still keeping its original character as a large Tribeca loft space. The main living area was one long, narrow space, but we thought it needed two distinct living spaces–one more formal, one more relaxed. Below, the relaxed space. A comfortable, tufted seat cushion, deep sofa (deep enough, in fact, for the occasional brother to camp out on) sets the tone. The bespoke coffee table is upholstered in a durable raffia fabric. The ceiling light fixture is from Urban Electric, as are most of the light fixtures in this room.
The side tables on either side of this bespoke sofa were designed by a cabinet maker according to our specifications and then decorative painted in a custom combed finish. Lauren’s background in fashion comes into play with her winning color combinations for the pillows she designs. The pair of dotted lamps were a great vintage find from Bungalow in Westport, Connecticut. Assembling multiple graphic textures and textiles is a part of the design process we love most. Click here to see renderings of the space when it was all just a concept. The view in the other direction is the more formal space. A custom tufted sofa, upholstered in a dreamy green velvet introduces a powerful color into the space. The artwork above the mantel is a Mary Judge, a piece curated by Lauren. We designed bookshelves and space for the television and artwork to give the large room some character and help define the two spaces. The carpet, a super soft combination of mohair and wool was custom fabricated with Holland & Sherry. The stripes are intentionally horizontal to trick the eye into thinking this is a wider room than it really is.Interior Design is a collaborative undertaking, and that’s part of what we love about it. We worked with Habiterra construction, led by Kentek Lee and Reed Zaroff, who translated our vision perfectly, while always insisting on the highest standards in materials and workmanship. Architect Gary Eisner of Built in Studio helped us to crack the code on redesigning the layout of the master bathroom, which was complicated. The kitchen was a labor of love for all of us. The paint color on the cabinetry is Benjamin Moore Cliffside Gray. The distinct hardware on the cabinetry was custom manufactured by Colonial Bronze.
The silk wall covering on the wall called Teal Equinox is from Phillip Jeffries. We chose to cover the lampshades in it too, so they’d fade into the wall. The tribal fabric on the custom banquette, ready for relaxing in the morning or at the end to the day, is a Ralph Lauren Home fabric. A vintage iron bench upholstered in a Belgian linen stripe textile functions as a coffee table and a place to put up your feet. The dining chairs are upholstered in an indoor/outdoor textile impervious to stains and UV damage from Perennials at David Sutherland. We had some fun with the powder room, designing wood paneling painted Benjamin Moore Lucerne blue topped by Hinson Spatter wallpaper. The ceiling was painted a custom salmon color as an added kick.In the master bedroom, we custom colored the Quadrille toile fabric on the club chairs so that the colors in the room would all meld together in a soothing way.Farrow & Ball “Ringwood”, blue on white wallpaper decorates the walls.This Stark carpeting is a family favorite. It’s just so luxurious! The shirred pleating silk lamp shades were custom made. Linens were custom colored from Matouk.
We worked with Waterworks to design a custom mosaic tile on the floor of the new bathroom, combining white Thassos and polished Calacatta gold marble. Dramatic white Thassos brick tiles line the walls. The fittings are from Waterworks as well. The sweet chair at the vanity was ordered from Ballard Designs. We upholstered it with terry cloth fabric.The Quadrille Arbor de Matisse wallpaper in the guest bedroom took what was once a plain white box and turned it into a cozy nest. Lots of pattern play here. Artwork on the wall is a watercolor painting by Kim McCarty.
Creating this home for our lovely clients was a joy from the very first day we began our collaboration–and watching their family grow and enjoy their new home is a thrill! If you have any further questions, please leave your comments here.
Photos by Read McKendree as featured on ArchitecturalDigest.com