Chic and stylish duplex renovation in SoHo, New York


This modern industrial duplex renovation combines style and function, which is a daunting task in a space-constrained apartment in Soho, a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York. The project was designed by New-York based interiors studio, Décor Aid. The client is a financier who works from home, seeking to convert a dark, outdated duplex into a space that would serve as a living area, office, and place for entertaining. It also had to be comfortable enough for his girlfriend and durable enough to accommodate his 7-year-old bulldog.

The sofa had to be large and deep enough that the couple and their dog could lay back, watch TV and enjoy the space. So, we had a sectional custom made and upholstered in a heavy duty Kravet fabric. An area rug from Tom Dixon’s collection for The Rug Company adds a sophisticated, urban edge to the design. The staircase, which is prominently positioned in the center of the living area, featured iron railings, so the designers created continuity by refinishing the fireplace in iron and cement.


The couple wanted to give the space a modern, loft-like feeling. So, the designers added an internal window in the upstairs bedroom that overlooks the downstairs space, which lets in sunlight that floods through the double-height window in the living area. Still, they wanted to retain a moody vibe, so they used a grey textured wall covering throughout.


The couple loves to entertain, so it was important that the downstairs living area have a good flow between the kitchen, dining, and living areas. A dramatic chandelier from Lindsey Adelman hangs from the double-height ceiling, punctuating the space.


A custom walnut bar was designed for storage, but also serves as a buffet and bar when they have guests over. The homeowners like to set it up so guests can help themselves, so it was designed it to include two refrigerators: one for wine, and the second for water, soda, and other beverages.


Overview of the kitchen and loft area.


The fireplace was refinished in concrete and iron for a more industrial modern look.


Floating nightstands and swing arm lamps flank the bed.


In the industrial-feeling master bath, the designers replaced the existing tub with a larger, iron-and-glass shower, which features handmade white subway tiles. Brass mirrors hang over the new double vanity, which includes storage space underneath.


Faux shagreen wallcovering adds texture to the powder room.


A gallery wall of the homeowner’s fine art photography collection hangs over the custom made grey sectional sofa.


The couple relaxes with their bulldog on the sofa, which is topped with a vibrant throw blanket and colorful pillows.


Textured wallpaper gives the bedroom a moody feel.


The glass-and-iron shower is lined with handmade white subway tile.

Photos: Courtesy of Décor Aid

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