I was very excited to find out that one of my designs was selected for the Junior League House Tour! The organization is fantastic, and promotes – among other things – volunteerism among women. The House Tour is one of their main fundraisers and events, and I was very happy to participate.
The Greenwich Village Loft is a truly fantastic space in the City. This space in a former factory building is very large at 2200 square feet, gets unbelievable natural light, and is occupied by a wonderful photographer whose work is shown in large scale prints throughout the space. The display of these photographs as well as impressive collection of art by other modern photographers was a primary focus of the overall design.
We chose a neutral color for the walls, and selected furnishings and accessories that did not draw too much attention away from the artwork, but subtly enhanced it. Certain pieces have bold saturated colors, while others play a more supporting role. Lighting plays a key role in the design, both in drawing visual focus to the featured photographs as well as creating ambiance in each area. The centerpiece of the loft is a chandelier made of fourteen handmade glass spheres, which provides a unique focal point made of light.
The home is all at once modern, comfortable, bold, bright, warm, and inviting. So many people commented on that last part, which was also such an important element of the design, and I’m glad it came across. Yes, it was designed to be a show-place for an important art collection. Yes, it is very much the quintessential “Downtown Manhattan Artist’s Loft,” but it is still very much a home, and everyone said they felt that someone really lived here and loved the place.
The owner entertains frequently, and there are many dinner parties and larger events held here regularly. Since the Loft really is one big open space, many people can enjoy themselves at once. However, smaller events can have a cozier feel, since we delineated the space visually with layered rugs. Lighting can also be enhanced to illuminate certain areas more than others at different times of the evening. This gives a feeling of being in a more intimate environment while actually in a much larger space.
I was told that we should expect 250-275 people. Well, we must have had 300 at the very least, maybe more! I had purchased 280 glasses for mimosas and drinks, and we ran out about half an hour before the event ended! People were telling me that the guests who came in the morning were texting their friends to make sure not to miss this place on the tour in the afternoon! We had some HUGE rushes of people, who even showed up half an hour after “closing time.” I figured if they made the trip down, they should at least come up to experience the place.
I honestly lost track of how many people made it a point to approach me and say that this was by far their favorite Home on the Tour this year. That made me feel great, as it was my first time participating, and I was so glad that they really got what the home was meant to be: a fun and welcoming environment for people to enjoy themselves and experience some great art, fantastic views, wonderful food and drink, and ultimately, the company of people.
The experience for me was overwhelmingly positive, and based on the reactions of all the guests, this home was a place that they all really enjoyed too. You know when the crowds that leave the place are smiling and talking about it, they had a good time! I was very happy to be a part of a great day.