My Sanctuary in The City

Inside the transformation of my NYC apartment, as featured on MyDomaine.com

Q&A

How would you describe your home's style of architecture? How did this impact/influence the design process?

A classic example of an industrial loft conversion in Tribeca, the apartment is located inside a landmarked building whose interior structure was reconfigured to create double height ceilings.  It’s impressive volume is defined by a linear matrix of beams, columns, and windows.  I embraced the bold symmetry of the architecture and used it as a framework to layer in softness through color and texture.

What was your personal goal or vision for the space?

My goal was to create a sanctuary in the city.  I wanted to draw the eye towards the natural elements of air and water which surround the apartment.  The vistas from the windows align perfectly with the Hudson River’s horizon, so all you see when you look outside is water and sky, making the space feel more like a lakeside retreat than a city loft.  I played into those elements to design a space that feels modern, open, and airy.

How would you describe your style?

I’m drawn to an organic modern design ethos and I appreciate a good dose of glamour here and there.   

What was the biggest challenge you faced when decorating/renovating?

This was both a gut renovation and total redecoration, all of which I had to manage long distance from Los Angeles while pregnant.  I only got to do one in-person site visit before returning for the complete furniture install while I was eight-and-half months pregnant.  Given these circumstances, I had to adapt my design process (which is usually very hands on and tactile) and tap into different types of tools and resources to bring my vision to life.

Who were some of your go-to design resources for the project?

Online design destinations became essential and resources that could provide A-Z service became hugely important.  For example, The Shade Store was a life-saver for my window treatments.  They sent me a full library of fabric swatches and I was able to visit their LA showroom to see the hanging options in person.  Once I chose my fabrics and construction style, they took care of everything from measurements to installation. I had an equally wonderful experience working with California Closets, who were able to take my design direction and make the process of installing new closets totally seamless without my having to be on-site.

For furniture and decor resources, I looked to well curated sites that could be one-stop-shops like Perigold, Lulu&Georgia, 2Modern, High Fashion Home, and Annie Selke.  Perigold in particular was great to work with because they have an amazing room planning tool that allows you to visualize all the pieces you’ve selected against the backdrop of your choice.  This was so helpful to my process since I didn’t have the luxury of seeing everything together until installation. I was able to plan my entire living room, dining room, and master bedroom this way.

For all of the architectural details like hardware, fixtures, and plumbing,  Rejuvenation and Build.com were my go-tos. By narrowing my sources to a select few, I was able to streamline the design process and simplify the logistics of ordering, shipping, and tracking which was very helpful given the long distance circumstances.

What do you think your home says about you?

I feel the apartment is a reflection of who I am today, of the woman I’ve become.

When I first moved into this apartment in 2007, I was coming from Paris where I had lived for five years as a design student and then as a fashion design upstart.  I shipped a container of French Antiques across the Atlantic and attempted to create the look of a french chateau inside a New York City loft, full of whimsy, fantasy, and delight.  While this provided the backdrop for many years of carefree ingénue life, I definitely felt myself outgrow the space over time.

A decade later, my taste and design sensibility has evolved and matured.  I’ve spent the last three years living bi-coastally which has undoubtedly influenced my personal style and reaffirmed my native Californian roots and love of nature.  I’ve learned to exercise restraint in expressing some of the girlier design tendencies of my early decorating years, which is a good thing considering I now share my home with three boys; my husband, Gabriel Saporta, and our two sons (the second is due to be born any day now).  

What is your favorite place in your home and why?

I love when my elevator doors open and I’m greeted by the perfectly framed view of my symmetrical living room.  I love lounging in the seating area which I configured to maximize the experience of light and space. Anywhere you sit, your eye is drawn to the incredible views that engulf the apartment.  It makes me feel like I’m floating inside a cloud.

I worked with Perigold and Benchmade Modern to create the custom sectional layout which was the perfect solution to a large room with multiple focal points.  I anchored the seating area to the center window, but the layout also plays to the wood burning fireplace on the Southside of the room and the kitchen and dining area on the Northside, creating an ideal flow for entertaining.   

One aspect I love about Los Angeles living is the indoor/outdoor lifestyle.  This inspired the vignette that frames my fireplace featuring a set of stacked Ronel Jordaan felted rock cushions from ABC home opposite a seasonal branch installation and woven wingback chair. I’ve lovingly nick-named this area my ‘sculpture garden’.

Where do you look for decorating inspiration?

Connecting to the spirit of a place helps guide my decorating process.  I usually start with an emotion and then begin collecting images to build the design vision.  With this project, I knew I wanted it to feel serene yet sophisticated, so I rifled through my memory bank of places where I had experienced that kind of atmosphere.

One point of reference was the Surfrider Hotel in Malibu where our family spent many happy weekends last summer.  Even though it’s a completely different kind of property, I was inspired by their take on organic minimalism. I wanted to achieve a similar ambiance in my apartment in a way that’s compatible with city life. Afterall, this is an apartment you walk into wearing your Manolos not your Tkees.  So the overall ethos is quite relaxed, but there is something a little more tailored and defined in the mix of furniture and materials making it apropos for urban dwelling.

Which part of the space had the biggest transformation?

I think the kitchen underwent the most dramatic change in the apartment and I couldn’t love it more.  I opened up the space by removing the upper cabinets that had been there previously, replacing them with floating shelves in Calacatta Nuvo from Caesastone.  I kept the bottom cabinets and kitchen island dark, painting everything in Farrow & Ball’s almost black “Railings”.

My favorite part of the kitchen are the Cafe Appliance refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven.  With their gorgeous bronze hardware and matte black finish, they blend seamlessly with the cabinetry and create a sophisticated contrast to the white walls and countertops.  A pair of oversized black drum pendants from the Ducth company Mooi (another great find from Perigold) punctuate the drama of the high ceilings and balance the feminine proportions of the brass articulating wall sconces from Rejuvenation.  My shelves are curated with a mix of objets d’art and my favorite kitchenware brands like Year and Day, LSA, and Revol.

Tell us about the Master Bedroom

The centerpiece of the master bedroom is the canopy bed from Thomas Bina, flanked by marble side tables and Flos lamps. I layered a moroccan wedding blanket inspired rug from Annie Selke on top of a larger sisal rug to create depth and dimension. At the foot of the bed are a pair of ivory boucle swivel chairs from Lulu&Georgia. Serena and Lily bedding and Jenni Kayne pillows on the bed add texture to the many layers of white. The antique mirror hanging between the windows is the only item I reinstalled from the previous decor. It’s a cherished Paris flea market find.

Tell us about the Kids Room

The kids room is one of my favorite spaces in the home. A pair of Babyletto beds are accompanied by Ouef bedside tables and shelves from 2Modern.  I looked to one of my favorite childrens’ home collections, Tamar Mogendorff, to inject a playful layer of color and texture to the room- her artisanal swan hangs from the ceiling and felted wool creatures appoint the shelves. I layered Tamar’s date palm rug and poofs on top of a coral jute rug from Annie Selke.  Animal watercolors from minted.com hang in a series above the beds.

Tell us about the Guest Room

I wanted the guest room to feel bright, airy, and clean. I chose a linen platform bed from Lulu and Georgia and kept the color story mostly black and white with easy to change pillows.  I always like to tailor a bedscape to my guest, so I keep an extra set of more masculine pillows handy in the linen closet for male guests. The marble desk is layered with a round mirror and black and white photos from minted.com.

Where do you watch TV?

Our TV area is upstairs in the mezzanine. I found the perfect size sectional from High Fashion Home to fit into the nook and a set of marble coffee tables. Mohair pillows and throws from ABChome in shades of earthy pastels lift the neutral base, making it one of my favorite spots to curl up in the apartment.

What’s one of your favorite pieces in the apartment?

I love the vintage white marble mother and child sculpture on the coffee table in my living room.  When I look at the photos of myself eight-and-a-half months pregnant next to this sculpture, I can’t help but feel an affinity of form.  It was a gift from one of my closest friends, Erin Hazelton, who’s instagram shop @TheAtomicBrunette sells incredible vintage pieces benefiting cancer research.

Can you share some of the core design details like paint color, hardware, etc.?

I painted all the walls in ‘Wimborne White’ from Farrow & Ball and used their almost black ‘Railings’ color for contrasting trim.  I chose oil-rubbed bronze hardware for details like door knobs and switch plates and sprinkled in brass elements like the Rejuvenation fixtures in my master bath and a brass Delta faucet in my kitchen sink. The Shade store window treatments are in Oatmeal linen.  The floors are 7.5” wide oak planks from Vanier’s artisan brushed oak collection which I sourced from builddirect.com.

For a look at the before pictures of Erin’s apartment, click here

 

Credit Sheet/Market Resources

Living Room

Wall Paint: Wimbourne White, Farrow & Ball

Window treatments: Oatmeal Linen Drapes from The Shade Store

Woven chandelier: Currey&Company Anitbes Chanedlier, Perigold

Coffee table: Shadow Play Tatum Coffee Table, Perigold

Sectionals: Crowd Pleaser Sectional from Benchmade Modern, Perigold

Side table: Interlude Aubrey Side table, Perigold

Chaise: Crowd Pleaser Chaise from Benchmade Modern, Perigold

Vintage Moroccan rug: Beni Ourain rug from The Gardener’s House Marrakesh

Sisal Rug: Custom rug in Cabo Limestone from Sisalrugs.com

Sheepskins: Linen sheepskin from Annie Selke

Coffee table books: Pacific Natural, Jenni Kayne

Eye scultpure: Mquan Open Eye, ABC Home

Flooring: Vanier Artisan Brushed Oak, Marcello , Builddirect.com


The Sculpture Garden 

Wall Paint: Wimbourne White, Farrow & Ball

Window treatments: Oatmeal Linen Drapes from The Shade Store

Side table: Interlude Aubrey Side table, Perigold

Chaise: Crowd Pleaser Chaise from Benchmade Modern, Perigold

Sheepskin Pillow: Annie Selke

Wingback chair and ottoman: Explorer Chair and ottoman from Season Living, Perigold

Felted Rock Cushions from Ronel Jordaan, ABC Home


Dining Area

Wall Paint: Wimbourne White, Farrow & Ball

Window treatments: Oatmeal Linen Drapes from The Shade Store

Dining Table: Park Extendable Table by Calligaris, Perigold

Chairs: Edmond Dining chairs by Safavieh, Perigold

Chandelier: Grier Sputnik Chandelier, Allmodern.com


Kitchen

Wall Paint: Wimbourne White, Farrow & Ball

Cabinet Paint: Railings, Farrow & Ball

Countertops, backsplash, shelves: Calacatta Nuvo, Caeasarstone

Sconces: Conifer Articulating Wall Sconce, Rejuvenation

Pendant Lights: Boon pendant lights by Mooi, Perigold

Refrigerator: Cafe Appliances

Dishwasher: Cafe Appliances

Oven: Cafe Appliances

Cooktop: Cafe Appliances

Kitchen Sink Faucet: Delta Faucet, Build.com

Kitchen Sink: Elkay double basin granite, Build.com

Bar Stools: Caroline Bar Stools by Alan Copley, Perigold

Cutting Boards: Andrea Brugi, ABC Home

Dishware: Year and Day

Dutch Ovens and bakeware: Revol

Tajine: Revol

Cake Stands: LSA, Perigold


Master Bedroom

Wall Paint: Wimbourne White, Farrow & Ball

Window treatments: Oatmeal Linen Drapes from The Shade Store

Poster Bed: Thomas Bina Otis bed, Perigold

Table lamps: IC table lamp by Flos, Perigold

Side Table: Pinto End Table, Perigold

Swivel Chairs: Margie Swivel chairs, Lulu&Georgia

Bedding:  Portofino bedding set, Serena&Lily

Blanket: Pom Pom Wool Blanket, Perigold

Pillows: Alpaca loop Lumbar pillow, Jenni Kayne

Pillows: Woven rope pillow from Coyuchi, Perigold

White rug: Zhara rug, Annie Selke

Sisal rug: Annie Selke

Mirror: Antique


Kids' Room

Window treatment: Roman Shades in Ivory Linen from The Shade Store

Twin Beds: Hudson platform twin bed, Babyletto

Bedside tables: Ouef, 2Modern.com

Animal Artwork: Minted.com

Date Palm Rug: Tamar Mogendorff

Poofs: Tamar Mogendorff

Flying White Bird: Tamar Mogendorff

Felted wool creatures: Tamar Mogendorff

Bookshelf: Babyletto Dottie Bookcase, 2Modern.com

Bedding: Solana sheet set, Serena & Lily

Blankets: Tamar Mogendorff

Velvet Pillows: Aviva Stanoff, ABC home

Owl Pillow: Annie Selke

Coral jute rug: Annie Selke


Guest Room

Bed: Deva Linen platform bed, Lulu&Georgia

Bedside tables: Onri side tables, Lulu&Georgia

Bedside lamps: Pandora table lamps, Lulu&Georgia

Desk: Audrey marble desk, Lulu&Georgia

Candle: Jenni Kayne home

Artwork: Vintage Blossoms, Minted.com

Mudcloth ottoman: Erin Fetherston x Fragments Identity

Round Mirror: Holden Mirror, Lulu&Georgia

Blanket: Cashmere blanket by abcDNA, ABC home

Sisal Rug: Custom rug in Cabo Limestone from Sisalrugs.com

Sheepskin: Linen sheepskin from Annie Selke

Task lamp: Cooper table lamp, Lulu&Georgia

Bedding: Cultiver linen bedding set, Lulu&Georgia


Mezzanine/Family Room

Sectional: Colyn Sectional, High Fashion home

Coffee tables: Curate Marble Coffee table, High Fashion home

End table: Curata End table, High Fashion home

Art: Southern Cotton Series, Minted.com

Rose Mohair pillows: abcDNA, ABCHOME

Mohair throw: abcDNA, ABCHOME

Pyrite Cluster: ABC home


Powder Room

Mirror:  West Slope rounded pivot mirror, Rejuvenation

Toilet: Mirabelle, Build.com

Vanity, Allmodern.com


Master Bathroom

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Toilet: Mirabelle, Build.com

Vanity: Allmodern.com

Sconces: Everett sconces, Rejuvenation

Mirrors: West Slope rounded pivot mirror, Rejuvenation

Sink faucet and handles: West Slope faucet and handles, Rejuvenation

 

Interior Design: Erin Fetherston

Construction Work: Dama Construction Group 

Photos by Sarah Elliott