SERENE AND THE CITY: By layering neutral tones, natural textures and artisanal touches, two interior designers have crafted a tranquil haven in the heart of New York City
- Interior designers Nate Berkus and his partner Jeremiah Brent have created joy
- The pair have transformed their Manhattan town house into a have in the city
- Warm woods are mixed with veined marble surfaces and shapely ceramics, with a palette of cream and caramel tying the space together
In the middle of Manhattan is a town house belonging to interior designers Nate Berkus (whose book Home Rules is a New York Times bestseller) and his partner Jeremiah Brent.
When the couple first moved into their West Village home (with children Poppy, seven, and Oskar, four), the space had been recently renovated and lacked personality. So the couple added character with woven grasscloth wallcoverings and bespoke upholstery in muted shades. They also had a double-height bookcase made, which houses photographs and stoneware.
Here the mix of time-worn wood, marble and stone with sleek seating creates a look that is both earthy and elegant. On the wall a chalkboard provides an opportunity for notes and evolving artwork. For similar try etsy.com
The impression is of a haven within the bustle of the city. This sense of calm pervades many of the rooms. Warm woods are mixed with veined marble surfaces and shapely ceramics, with a palette of cream and caramel tying the space together. Other pieces have either been picked up on travels or found at local flea markets.
The double-height bookcase makes the most of the tall ceiling and provides plenty of space to showcase the couple’s books, photos and pottery. For a similar bespoke design try nevillejohnson.co.uk
Simple additions such as brass hardware in the kitchen give a luxe touch while reflecting light around the space. For a similar table lamp try houseof.com. For bar stool dupes try dunelm.com
The grasscloth-covered walls add warmth to the living area and enhance its sense of cosiness. For a similar wall covering try janeclayton.co.uk. For a comparable bouclé armchair try sohohome.com
The only areas with vibrant colours and patterns are the children’s rooms. In Poppy’s bedroom the walls boast a bold floral wallpaper, whereas Oskar’s nursery incorporates a woodland motif.
Together the couple have created a deeply personal space: layered, textural, artisanal and classic. The overall effect is grand but, more than that, it’s a home that feels loved.
- This is an edited extract from Masterclass by Abigail Ahern (Pavilion Books, £30*)