An Eclectic Tribeca Townhouse with Diverse Interiors


Eclectic Gray Bedroom with Linen Canopy

The custom bed in the master blends a canopy of Kravet linen (lined in Idarica Gazzoni sheer fabric) with a headboard swathed in Studio Four charcoal velvet and finished with a nailhead trim. The 19th-century French daybed came from Judy Frankel Antiques in Troy, Michigan.

Contemporary White Bathroom with Patterned Wallpaper

The master bathroom is all about the beauty of the marble from Arena Stone Products.

Eclectic Gray Bedroom Sitting Area with Settee

The master bedroom’s BeeLine settee in Pierre Frey chenille sits under a Damien Hirst work, while a modern desk’s clean lines contrast with an ornately inlaid chair (both from Made Goods).

Contemporary White Patio Detail with Potting Table

Vines climb East Hampton Gardens’ wall lattices and White Flower Farm’s conical towers next to a potting table.

Contemporary Outdoor Dining Area with Porcelain Pendants

A table from Restoration Hardware surrounded by teak chairs from Terrain provides dining space under a pergola. Underfoot, Pasvalco of Closter, New Jersey, supplied granite and limestone flooring in different widths and lengths in order to simulate wood plank.

Contemporary Neutral Patio with Fieldstone Seating

Landscape designer Lauren E. Loscialo created the patio’s fieldstone seating area, which features various Sunbrella fabrics, then added Provincial chairs from Terrain and fluted Marta garden stools from One Kings Lane, and illuminated everything with Sinclair Draftsman porcelain pendants from Barn Light Electric.

Contemporary White Study with Patterned Wallpaper

Designer Sara Gilbane also created a home office in the kitchen, commissioning Castro Custom Cabinetry (through Hite Construction) to provide plenty of storage space for the wife. Then, Gilbane papered the backs of the shelves with Phillip Jeffries’ Moroccan Green wallcovering through Holly Hunt.

Eclectic White Breakfast Area with Green Banquette

In the breakfast area, more midcentury flair comes from a custom banquette in apple green leather from Holland & Sherry and a few Oslo chairs from Bungalow 5, but the purely contemporary Lindsey Adelman light fixture overhead brings the design up to the minute.

Contemporary White Kitchen with Leather Barstools

The owner desired a kitchen with hints of midcentury modern style, evident in the Saarinen-like forms of leather stools from Sol y Luna. Builder John Hite sourced Calacatta marble surfaces from Arena Stone Products in Carlstadt, New Jersey, and tile from Nemo. The Rohl faucet enhances the vintage look.

Eclectic White Living Room with Orange Velvet Armchairs

Custom armchairs fabricated by J. Edlin Interiors in a blue ikat from Bermingham & Co. through Brunschwig & Fils and another pair covered in orange velvet from Studio Four are grounded by a wool dhurrie from Shyam Ahuja, also in the living room. A Marjorie Skouras beaded chandelier from Dennis Miller Associates hangs overhead.

Eclectic White Living Room Detail with Blue Velvet Sofa

In the living room, a James Verbicky collage from Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art hangs above a couch from Montauk Sofa upholstered in Cowtan & Tout royal blue velvet. Laura Kirar’s lotus for Arteriors sits atop a Bunny Williams BeeLine ottoman covered in Zoffany ostrich leather.

Eclectic White Foyer with Beveled Mirror

Because Gilbane had designed the loft, she already knew the wife “liked lots of styles, from traditional to midcentury modern,” and that she favored environments layered with a mix of fabrics both ethnic and vintage.

Eclectic Gray Living Room with Star Pendant

Bold colors and rich cultural references contribute to a fresh design with surprises around every corner in a young family’s Tribeca home.

Having clients with wide-ranging tastes can be a double-edged sword for many designers. On the one hand, the richness of choices one can draw from offers unlimited creative potential. On the other hand, it could be a case of too many options, where the breadth of that diversity makes homing in on just the right look more elusive. For it to work, the client and designer must be open yet clear, creative yet disciplined. Happily, Sara Gilbane and her client were all these things.

Those clients—a young Indian entrepreneur who owns a popular Manhattan watering hole, his American wife and their two preschool-age girls—were relocating from their Tribeca loft to a nearby townhouse that was integrated into a larger condominium building. Because Gilbane had designed the loft, she already knew the wife “liked lots of styles, from traditional to midcentury modern,” and that she favored environments layered with a mix of fabrics both ethnic and vintage.

Though the building was not old, notes the wife, “it had been unloved. There was mold, some rooms had funky wallpaper, and there was only one bulb lighting the whole living and dining room.” Conversely, she realized, “it felt more like a family home, and much more conducive to entertaining,” something the couple loved to do. So, she asked Gilbane to lighten and freshen up spaces, which she did beginning in the entry hall by reaimagining it with a chic black and white palette. “It’s a classic combo,” says Gilbane, “and it was a good jumping-off point for the living and dining room.”

That didn’t mean, however, that the designer didn’t get to have a little fun with color. “I love color and Sara does, too,” says the wife. “She really ‘got’ it when I said I wanted blue and some kind of orange.” Gilbane translated the wife’s request into a bold yet sophisticated living area with a deeply saturated palette of indigo and various burnt orange shades that are lively and quirky without tipping toward retro.

In the kitchen, Gilbane punctuated the nearly all-white space with another of the wife’s favorite colors—apple green. A banquette in the cheery hue dominates the attached breakfast nook, which relies on Bungalow 5 Oslo chairs for a midcentury vibe and Phillip Jefferies wallpaper in a green Moorish pattern that gives the room the cultural twist the family loves. “I respond to geometric or repetitive patterns like those found in Islamic art,” admits the wife, “but I also like the look of layered prints and colors, which I think brings out a more global aesthetic.”

Consciously or not, every room seems to have an international flavor arising uniquely from the homeowners’ personal mix of heritage. Occasional Indian furnishings (a creamy nacre-inlaid chair in the master bedroom and an elephant side table in the living room), as well as many ethnically inspired textiles, such as the ikat on the living room arm chairs, ramp up the worldly feel. This bohemian blend was further elevated with exquisite finishes, which builder John Hite says were the project’s greatest challenge.

The courtyard was as unloved as the interiors, so landscape designer Lauren E. Loscialo made it feel “like an extension of the home,” going so far as to mix two varieties of granite and a limestone in different widths and lengths to mimic an interior wood plank floor. She then segregated this “room” for multiple use: “We made a kind of living room and dining area with a fieldstone seating wall where adults want to sit,” she says, “leaving the rest of the patio open so the kids could play.”

Structured plants, such as boxwood mixed with more unpredictable meandering vines, like clematis and climbing hydrangea, echo the freewheeling mix inside the French doors. The cumulative effect—both youthful and sophisticated, traditional and modern—perfectly distills the owners’ broad spectrum of tastes into a diverse yet coherent multicultural whole.