We’re always fascinated by contrasts—pale hues offset by bright colors, soft fabrics juxtaposed with angular furniture, antiques displayed prominently in thoroughly modern spaces. So we were tickled when we found this living room on Lonny. Located in a gritty industrial neighborhood, this living room is part of a loft apartment in a restored eighteenth-century brick warehouse that boasts original architectural features like wood beams and cast-iron columns. Not exactly the ideal space for a traditional, casually elegant design, but check out the results.
The space is owned by Jennifer Beek Hunter, who, with partner Georgie Hambright, owns the up-and-coming interiors firm J+G Design. As admirers of classic interior decorators like Albert Hadley, Jennifer and Georgie knew they wanted to create a refined, traditional space with nods to the modern. Despite the living area’s petite dimensions, they quickly homed in on a look that features tailored fabrics, pale neutrals, eye-catching shapes, and a handful of well-edited accessories, which allows each piece to shine.
Jennifer and Georgie topped the blond wood floors with a plush, dig-your-toes-into-it hand-knotted wool rug, then chose furniture that echoes its ivory and dove grey hues—a modern sofa with an elegantly curved back; squat, thick-cushioned vintage chairs; and a granite-topped table with delicate gold legs. The designers kept the fabric-covered accessories to a minimum, and chose sleek, polished surfaces—side tables in square and circular shapes, ceramic and brass lamps, glass candleholders—to give the look a bit of lift and dimension.
Our favorite touches might just be the original painting (in the narrowest of gold frames) over the sofa and the charming elephant garden stool. Both are eclectic additions that help the room design defy time periods. We also appreciate the bit of youthful exuberance provided by the ray-of-sunshine art on the corner easel and the multicolor chevron pillow. It’s an accessible, functional design that still looks upscale and pretty.