This classic SoHo loft, built in the 1860s and spanning the blocks from fashionable Crosby Street to Broadway, was transformed into a contemporary and stylish space by design company Ochre.
The owner, Harriet Maxwell MacDonald (herself one third of the Ochre trio) was keen to keep the original character of the property, whilst maintaining a warm ambience by using the pared back colour scheme of soft greys and browns and modern touches. Yet there is no mistaking that this is very much a family home – Harriet and her partner Andrew Corrie with Celia, Ivo, baby Alistair and Blue the whippet dog define the space rather than being defined by it. It is an approachable, inviting and nurtured apartment, a place where this family of five can live, work and entertain with ease and comfort.
The original walls and the pressed tin ceiling were kept where possible, keeping a connection to the apartment’s history, while an inspired decor of vintage pieces and contemporary furniture – much of it from Ochre‘s own SoHo retail store – grounds the home into the present. “We always like mixing old and new and we weren’t afraid of including some traditional accents – such as a beautiful John Soane fireplace (made by Chesneys) alongside an ultra-modern Italian kitchen by Valcucine. The same combining approach was taken with our furniture. We also designed some pieces specifically for the space such as the metal bookcase in the library and the four poster bed in the main bedroom.”
Although many of us can only dream of living in a New York loft apartment, this home very much provides an ideal mood board to inject a classic, timeless style into any urban dwelling. Soft, moody, muted and understated elegance. Aspirational living, SoHo style.