Step Inside This Modern and Eclectic TriBeCa Loft
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
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.
The main living space features a high-tech stereo credenza created by RAAD and industrial bookshelves showcasing objects collected from the couples’ world travels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- wooden deer head sculpture
- wall-mounted deer sculpture
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- chrome chaise lounge
- gray pintucked reclining chair
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- faux fur throw
- tripod lamp
- three leg lamp
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.