This contemporary bathroom features cabinetry, doors and window louvers made from locally sourced wood. Glass tile walls create a soothing backdrop against the sleek tub and floating vanity. The home uses low-flow and oxygen-infused plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption.
Purple, gold, yellow and blue pair with rich velvet, metallic shine and lacquered high gloss to create a living room design that's as visually compelling as it is luxurious. A sunken niche in the center of the coffee table makes a clever wet bar.
White cabinets, paired with a white marble countertops and a matching backsplash, allow the stainless steel elements to pop in the space. Industrial pendant lights hang above the large kitchen island, which features a rustic centerpiece and plush leather barstools.
Jae’s office is a space for reflection, simply designed with her trademark mix of furnishings. The antique desk and small, framed portraits on the wall give the space a timeless, classic feel while the midcentury chair lends a sense of modernity. It’s a perfect mix to achieve Jae’s ideal aesthetic. “I prefer my projects to feel comfortable, timeless and stylish with a lot of personality,” she says.
One of the difficulties in moving from three stories to two bedrooms is choosing what to hold onto. Fortunately, the apartment had room enough for a few favorites. “The loft is completely open with a lot of dead space in the middle. Luckily we had pieces like my favorite 1920s credenza to work with.” To the right of the credenza sits another favorite. “I love my antique piano,” Jae beams. “It's from 1903 and my father-in-law gifted it to me on my birthday. It's been restored beautifully and sounds amazing. It's the first thing you see when you walk into our house.”
Landscaping hugs the curves of the deck and creates a living frame with greenery just off the dining area. Using layers of plants in the landscaping and gives the space a lush, textured feel of an outdoor oasis.
New York interior designer Jae Joo has seen the city from all angles. Three and a half years ago, she and her husband, Devin, packed up their dogs, Jack and Declan and made the move from a three-story Brooklyn brownstone to a two-bedroom, 2,200 square foot loft in Manhattan’s storied Tribeca neighborhood.
“What I love most about my home is that it's bright, comfortable and filled with things we love. I used furniture to create some depth and break up the overall sparse feel. Despite its openness, it always feels really cozy.” It seems that Jack and Declan would agree.
Incredible windows and the light they bring into the space are not the only stunning architectural features of this home. The living room also features a lovely brick wall that does a lot to define the character of the room. “Those were the features that really made me fall in love with the house,” says designer Jae joo. Getting the design right was less about changing the structure than about creating around what was already right with the space. “I mostly played around a lot with furniture to elevate the look,” the designer admits. “It ended up working out well.”
“I love the living room,” Jae confesses. “Every piece of furniture we have there is super comfortable which makes it a great place to hang out.” Pieces like the midcentury side chair and foot rest and throw-covered sofa confirm that this is a space engineered for maximum relaxation. “I also love that the arched windows have been there since 1881 and fill the whole house with so much light,” she adds.
A small office just off the living room showcases more of Jae’s style and her love of mixing eras and genres in her spaces. It also reveals one of her more cherished design features: rugs. “I didn't love the orange bamboo floors when we first moved in so I layered every single rug I had on top of each other,” the designer reports. “Many of the rugs I own were picked up while traveling. It's not easy shoving a 5x7 rug into your luggage to bring overseas but we've done it so many times that we can now do it pretty quickly.”
As an interior designer, Jae spends most of her time shaping spaces to her clients' tastes. Known for her special design talents when it comes to lofts as well as brownstones, it was a fun change when the choices were all hers in this personal space. “I lean mostly toward an eclectic style that is mixed with old and new. I like the lived-in feel rather than something overly precious,” she says. That style shines through in a space that mixes modern and midcentury with antiques and even a few busts thrown in for good measure.
When Jae and Devin first moved in, this loft-style apartment was in pretty good shape. The pair decided to take a patient approach to making any changes. “It felt dated,” Jae explains. “We wanted to live in it first before doing any big renovations. The living room area was subdivided and felt dense, so we opened up all walls to allow for a large open living space.”
The beauty of Jae’s eclectic style is on full display in this dining room. Mixing rustic dining furniture into an industrial space, the designer creates a perfect farmhouse moment in her Manhattan apartment. An asymmetrical gallery wall of watercolors, portraits and sketches is expertly arranged to keep the eye moving and create a sense of energy in this minimalist space.