Step Inside This Modern and Eclectic TriBeCa Loft

Take an exclusive peek into this luxurious loft renovated by two design-savvy entrepreneurs in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City.

Entrepreneurs Jennifer Blumin and James Ramsey have a classic New York story to tell: they met in 2001 at a party at Studio 54. Jennifer is the CEO and founder of Skylight, a collection of luxury event spaces, and James is the principal of design firm RAAD and creator of The Lowline. Years later, the entrepreneur pair have used their skill sets — James’ architectural and creative eye and Jennifer’s ability to spot diamonds in the rough — to together create an impressive and one-of-a-kind home.

Jennifer and James, along with their two children, Phineas and Theodore, recently moved into a landmarked building on White Street in TriBeCa and soon began a full renovation of the space. Using a warm, netural palette and a modern-eclectic design scheme, the two created a space that feels both comfortable and luxurious.

Two Living Rooms in One

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The first living room is situated just off the dining room and kitchen. This luxe living space is designed with an eye toward evening use with a functional, industrial feel.

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The main living space features a high-tech stereo credenza created by RAAD and industrial bookshelves showcasing objects collected from the couples’ world travels.

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The second living room is a low-slung lounge area connected to the first living space. It has the juxtaposition of Old World Hollywood (think: palm trees, teak daybeds). Both the pendant light from Workstead and the historic sign that Jennifer salvaged from a pre-reno Brooklyn bank offer an ode to the loft’s industrial heritage.

Dining Room

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

Next to the kitchen, the dining room features a reclaimed wood table from West Elm and a beluga whale skeleton just above. During the home’s renovation, three windows were cut into the apartment’s side with a window seat built in to create more seating options during social events throughout the kitchen and dining space.

See the beehive design along the back wall? Those are terracotta drainage pipes that serve as wine storage inspired by designer Lela Rose‘s tequila room.


Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

Jennifer and James host a few dinner parties a week, so it was important for them to use durable materials within arm’s length while still creating a pleasant and relaxing cookspace. The countertops are a beautiful mix of durable honed black granite, white marble for light pastry- and pasta-making and a walnut butcher block. Looking up, the island pendants are vintage WWII blackout lights from London air raids.


Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

Photo courtesy of James Ramsey

The home’s modernity extends to the hallway leaving the kitchen and dining room. Crisp, white walls, black door frame accents and recessed lighting provide a gallery look.

Step Inside This Industrial-Modern LA Loft

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The Owner(s)

TV and film producer Mark Taylor purchased a 1,200-square-foot industrial modern loft in The Fairfax District of West Hollywood, then designed the home to fit his needs.

Red Energy

Overall, Mark's loft is neutral, light and airy. To add a jolt of energy to his otherwise minimalistic, neutral bedroom, he painted the wall behind the bed a shade of red from Dunn-Edwards called Red Contrast. This is an excellent design trick for homeowners who love red but find it too high-energy for a whole bedroom. Although the red wall becomes a focal point upon entering the room, it's out of sight once lying in bed.

Secondhand Gems

An avid shopper of furniture with a history, Mark found a trio of 1970s chrome-and-mirror tables at a Highland Park secondhand store, then used two of them as bedside tables and put the third to work as a side table in the living room.

Custom Closet

Just four feet from the bed sits a 16-by-10-foot floor-to-ceiling closet. Made from bamboo plywood, the custom structure holds Mark's entire wardrobe, complete with a rolling library ladder that allows Mark to reach the top cabinets.

Craigslist Scores

For a touch of industrial modernism, Mark's bedside lights are an aluminum Artemide swivel-arm sconce (bought new) and an aluminum Artemide floor lamp (found on Craigslist).

Garage Door, Going Up

To raise the garage door, Mark simply stands on the stairs, then pulls back a rotating chain that locks in place.

Velvet-Covered Vintage

From the start, Mark was determined to fill his urban home with iconic modern furnishings. At a local vintage store, he came across a 1970s Milo Baughman rocker, which he had reupholstered in a gray/brown velvet.

Towering Books

To keep his elaborate collection of books within arm's reach, yet also have them double as decoration, Mark displays them on a book tower surrounded by some of his favorite art pieces, from photography and abstracts to a simple modern red chair.

Reading Material

Mark's second-floor lounge is a great spot to watch TV or relax with Lulu and his favorite shelter magazines, which are kept organized neatly in baskets.

Floating Staircase

Architecturally, Mark's loft is referred to as industrial and modern. One design element that lends the loft to this style is its floating staircase made of chunky wooden stairs and a steel frame.

Private Bathroom

The first-floor bathroom is a focal point itself. With floor-to-ceiling frosted glass as its walls, filtered light streams in through a tiny window, yet keeps the interiors of the bathroom privatized from the loft's other rooms.

Dog Wash

Although at first glance the first-floor bathroom appears to be a powder room, it's also a full-functioning shower. A modern floating vanity and mirror sit along the right-hand wall, keeping the center open; a shower head is installed along the subway-tile-covered exterior wall; and the floor is slightly sloped with an integrated drain. Not only is this handy for guests, but it also works as a great washing station for Lulu.

Modern Icon

Mark has a huge collection of design and art books, particularly those written about the work of modern architects. One of his favorite modernists, John Lautner, designed many of LA's most iconic modern homes.

Timeless Pieces

Classic modern touches make their way to Mark's dining room thanks to six Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chairs, pieces that represent a classic, masculine aesthetic and will never go out of style.

Garage Glow

The garage door's frosted windows diffuse the sunlight, casting a beautiful glow on the loft's interiors.

Kitchen Conversation

To make indoor entertaining easy, breezy and conversational, the dining table and chairs sit directly in the middle of the kitchen area, giving it more of a great room feel.

Blond Console

Although the TV and film producer watches lots of television, he has banished it from his living room to the second floor, where it resides in the guest room/den. Instead, Mark surrounds himself with art and accessories that inspire, as well as his favorite music, which is stored in a blond, modern wood console.

Mark's Museum

An avid collector of art, Mark keeps pieces on display casually throughout the loft by simply leaning them against the walls as groupings. This enables him to rotate works that have been sitting in storage in the upstairs closet. The pop art is something Mark considers more of a conversation piece, while the overscaled nature photography was taken by a friend at a local hiking trail, blown up and then framed professionally.


In keeping with the industrial-modern style, Mark decided to forgo carpet or hardwood on his stairwell and also the second and third floors, instead sticking with OSB (oriented strand board) sealed with several coats of super-shiny floor protectant.

Global Touches

To ground the lofty living room, Mark had the back wall painted a shade of brown called Black Walnut from Dunn-Edwards. Although Mark's personal design style is characterized best as modern, it also includes global influences collected while traveling, such as art, accessories, textiles and accent furniture.

A Decked-Out Den

While the first floor is used for living, dining and entertaining, the second-floor den is a multipurpose TV room/guest room. With odd dimensions and an awkward layout, Mark bucked the idea of using sofas, instead covering the floor with cushy floor pillows upholstered with animal hides and an air mattress for overnight guests.

Killing Dead Space

To put dead space below the floating stairwell in the second-story lounge to good use, Mark tucked a modular bookcase into it to house many of his books, then added a classic modern rocker.

A Moveable Feast

To bask in the California sunshine, Mark added two modern loungers to his patio. Both on wheels, they're easy to move around and roll into other areas, should Mark decide to add more seating space for parties.

Palms for Miles

When perched in either of the industrial-modern loft's outdoor areas, Mark is surrounded by views of the tall L.A. palm trees.

Airing Out

With the glass-front garage door open, the gap between the outdoors and the indoors is bridged, creating an open, airy feeling that allows Mark to enjoy the sunny and cool Los Angeles climate roughly 300 days a year.

Easy Entertaining

Entertaining in Mark's loft is easy and breezy, thanks to the glass-front garage door. Once open, conversations can carry on from the patio into the living room and vice versa.

Rocking Out

Of all spaces in the loft, the living room is Mark's favorite. Whether perched on the sofa or lounging in his Milo Baughman rocking chair, it's the area you're most likely to find him reading a script.

Private Patio Perch

There were many selling points that drew Mark to purchase his loft, including a top-floor private patio connected to the master bedroom. The hammock is the perfect Saturday morning spot for Mark to enjoy the sunshine with his favorite books.

Let the Sunshine In

Mark's loft capitalizes on the abundance of California sunlight thanks to an 8-by-5-foot skylight integrated into the building's roofline.

No Space Wasted

Throughout the loft, Mark finds spaces to display his extensive collection of art, even if that space happens to be the 4-inch return of a wall along the floating stairwell.

A Roof With a View

In true urban fashion, the building's rooftop is accessible via an integrated steel ladder that runs up the wall of the third-story patio.

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