For many people, one of the attractive elements of New York living is the gorgeous architecture of pre-war apartments and converted industrial spaces with their huge windows, high ceilings, standout moldings and original wood floors.
Designer Sheena Murphy of sheep + stone is an expert in transforming these spaces into modern, comfortable homes, so she was the perfect partner for an established couple working in New York real estate and their young daughter.
“This couple has a strong passion for art and history”, says Sheena, “so although the architecture of the space was relatively modern with its high ceilings and large windows, we wanted to draw on their love of history + art and add a little more character to the space than what the bones alone provided.”
In the main living space, the exposed brick takes center stage when partnered with minimalistic art and a low, modern credenza.
When blending traditional elements with modern furnishings, keep your palette restrained. Mixing periods, shapes and materials is what provides interesting visual tension between old and new, and being restrained in use of color helps to unify otherwise opposing elements. Sheena Murphy
Peking Chairs by Organic Modernism | Lighting: Lindsey Adelman
Natural elements are highlighted throughout the space. Wood and leather furnishings bring warmth, while textured rugs add softness.
“The dining room table was a custom-made piece by a friend of Frances Mildred, the architect on the project.”
A rich wall color in the master bedroom creates a cocoon-like effect; a perfect place for the owners to retreat from their busy lives.
In the master bath, sleek, modern cabinetry and lighting are balanced by metallic accents.
What little girl wouldn’t be thrilled to have this bright bedroom with lots of tactile interest?
The traditional sensibilities of the clients were stronger than we are naturally inclined as a studio, so the constant debate around this was both challenging and exciting and it’s what always makes the collaboration between client + designer a magical thing, and what drives us to push the envelope and work outside of what’s comfortable to us. Sheena Murphy