Lofts are covetable property in New York City, and yet they are a challenge to design. Their open floor plans and unconventional layouts are desirable features, and yet they call for smart design to create a space that's functional and homey. When interior designer Jessica Schuster took on the task of updating a prewar two-bedroom, three-bathroom loft in TriBeCa, she not only made it feel like a fresh escape from the big city, but she also brought a natural coziness to the sprawling space.
Situated in a landmark TriBeCa building with skyline views of Battery Park City, the loft boasts barrel-vaulted ceilings, terra-cotta columns, and original brick walls. Schuster brought in elements that complemented these fixtures while infusing the space with a new life. "When I walk into a new space or project, I always get an initial feeling and vibe for how I want to see the space evolve," explains Schuster. "For this particular project, I wanted to create something that would complement the soft wood tones in the architectural elements but also not clash with the harsh urban brick." She explains that her client is from Los Angeles and often misses the comforts of home, so she "decided to create a bohemian and earthy setting in an urban oasis."
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"I always find lofts to be rather tricky, given their wide and narrow nature," admits Schuster. "My biggest struggle for this project was figuring out how to define each living area and give its own personality within the large space."
"We tried to create three separate living spaces within one big open space in the living room," describes Schuster. "We completed the look by using area rugs, texture, lighting, and monochromatic colors of black and white."
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The Ralph Lauren rugs in the living room and dining room were the first pieces Schuster bought for the space. "That was my initial design solution for connecting the two farthest spaces together," she explains. "The rugs coordinated but did not match."
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"We wanted this room to feel clean and user-friendly," explains Schuster. "Without confusing or overwhelming the space, we created a soft and nurturing vibe." One of Schuster's favorite things to use on top of a coffee table is a book stand.
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Schuster says that the Moroccan rug in the central living room was one of her favorite finds. "I've purchased many Moroccan rugs over the years, but this was the best by far because of its movement, texture, and color." The vintage chaise from the '70s also in the central living room is one of Schuster's favorite pieces. "I loved the curves of the arms and the way it fits the space so perfectly."
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Shop the Look: Room & Board bedside table; Calypso bedding; Nest Interiors tray; Rejuvenation lamp; Restoration Hardware rug.
"My style is constantly evolving," says Schuster. "As a designer, I am always studying, reading, seeing, and living through art, architecture, interior design, fashion, etc. Every project is different, and every client is different, and no two jobs will ever be the same. The common threads throughout all my work are curiosity and comfort but always with notes of refinement."
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