A Beautiful Blend of Old and New in Tribeca

Designer Sheena Murphy Transforms an Industrial Loft Space into a Sophisticated Home

A Beautiful Blend of Old and New in Tribeca | Interior Design by Sheena Murphy of Sheep + Stone Interiors | Photography by Nicole Franzen | Modern Sanctuary | Dining Room Inspiration | Mid-Century Dining Room | Transitional Dining Room | Industrial Dining Room | Lighting Inspiration | Modern Lighting | Wall Covering Inspiration | Brick Walls | Storage | Mid-Century Storage
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Nicole Franzen
02/18/2018

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.”

Photo by:
Nicole Franzen

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

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Nicole Franzen
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.”

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Nicole Franzen

 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.

Photo by:
Nicole Franzen
Photo by:
Nicole Franzen

In the master bath, sleek, modern cabinetry and lighting are balanced by metallic accents.

Photo by:
Nicole Franzen
Photo by:
Nicole Franzen

What little girl wouldn’t be thrilled to have this bright bedroom with lots of tactile interest?

Photo by:
Nicole Franzen
Photo by:
Nicole Franzen

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

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Meet the designer Sheena Murphy of Sheep + Stone Interiors
Bio:

After moving to New York from London and finishing design school at Parsons, Sheena Murphy worked for a number of designers + architects in New York City before launching sheep + stone in April 2014. With a layered + eclectic approach to design, Sheena has an acute appreciation for interiors which respect both the environment and humanity. She has a strong passion for supporting local artists and designers while never compromising on function or aesthetics. Sheena currently resides with her husband, baby girl and dog in Brooklyn.

sheep + stone is an interior design studio basked in Brooklyn. We design private residences, boutique hotels + commercial spaces, and we stage real estate for developers and marketing professionals. We are a small collective of creatives with backgrounds in art, design, architecture + business from England, Canada + the US.

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