Creative Family New York Loft
Stylish nyc attic, designed by Monique Gibson with a great deal of character.
The owners of the spacious duplex attic–a writer who works at home and her filmmaker husband–told me that they were imagining a calm environment where they could raise their loved ones and be creative without a lot of “visual noise” or diversion. But their two kids had a very different idea about what constitutes domestic bliss. The son wanted a room inspired by World Wide Wrestling. The daughter, who was seven at the time, told me that she wanted her room to be decorated like “parakeets with a tiny touch of bunny” Just in case I did not get it, she arrived at our initial design meeting with a packet of inspirational pictures of rodents and birds.
This contemporary aviary was in contrast, of course, to the areas of the loft the children share with their parents. The clients made a particular request for “no color” but did want their home to feel cozy and textured. The all-white space took on a new depth with the simple trick of staining the window surrounds a dark shade. Furniture and accessories in natural materials such as lace, linen, boiled wool, and cashmere made the neutral space feel grounded. Even here there were lively bits: the minimalist kitchen, in which the open shelving is in live-edge reclaimed wood, got a backsplash in chalkboard slate (there’s always a cup of white chalk available for drawing or writing on the wall).
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