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A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones

by Garrett Fleming

A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge

New Yorkers Meredith Durone and her husband Anthony, an attorney, each carried their own list of “must haves” from space to space during their house hunt. For Anthony, abundant natural light and space got top billing. Meredith, on the other hand, wanted a pre-war apartment with ceilings high enough to accommodate a tall Christmas tree. Luckily, this Chelsea, NYC loft the pair stumbled upon had it all. Well, almost. The early-1900s-era apartment was move-in ready and featured an updated kitchen, great light, high ceilings and fantastic wood floors. It lacked something mighty important though: personality.

To breathe life into the barren space, Meredith and Anthony turned to Homepolish’s Kevin Clark, a color-blocking master with a keen eye for crafting homes with a collected feel. Without a doubt, his talents made the pairing heavenly. But large part of the project’s success can be attributed to the family’s clear vision for the space. Simply put, they wanted a curated home as vibrant as the block it sits on in Chelsea. Achieving the colorful style had Kevin incorporating furs, vintage-inspired furniture and a sprinkling of jewel tones into each corner of the apartment. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a spot in the house that isn’t splashed in eggplant, emerald or navy blue.

Besides being colorful, Meredith and Anthony also challenged Kevin with making their home tell their story. After all, one of Meredith’s favorite things about NYC is how personal everyone’s apartments are. Stoops utter, “Welcome to my corner of the world,” and many front doors play the role of portal; step through, and you’re transported to the owner’s world. To achieve this, the designer purposefully kept his clients close, allowing them to inform every decision he made.

Once every decoration was in place, it was time for the family to incorporate the most special accessories of all: memories. In December, for example, Meredith finally got to decorate that giant Christmas tree she’d been dreaming of. It stood right next to their custom bookshelves, glittering down on pages of tomes they love, in a home that not only unequivocally embodies their style but that’s unequaled in panache. Scroll down to check it out, and enjoy! —Garrett

Image above: Meredith has a great admiration for fellow creative minds, so she loved learning tips and tricks from designer Kevin Clark. One ingenious idea Kevin had while working with Meredith and her husband was to scatter sheepskins throughout their loft. Not only do they add an eclectic layer to the home, but draping them over furniture also protects the piece from scratching pet claws and hair. 

Photography by Sean Litchfield

A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
When they get home, the first thing the couple does is excitedly turn on and off all of the chandeliers, table lamps and sconces in order to find the perfect mood lighting. They then enjoy their evening, catch each other up on their day and reflect on how lucky they are to live in such a special space.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
"Our favorite thing to do at home is to relax with a glass of wine." – Meredith and Anthony Durone
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
The couple challenged Kevin to create a space that felt "creative, colorful and lived in." To do so, he's sourced vintage-inspired pieces in a smattering of jewel tones that complement each other enough to appear curated but that are different enough to feel collected.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
The live-edge dining table's finish helps provide visually interesting contrast.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
The loft's open concept informed every aspect of Kevin's design for the Manhattan home. He's used rugs, "furniture vignettes" and bookshelves to delineate spaces from one another.
Left: Meredith's dream Christmas tree. Right: The couple chose every single book for this shelving unit. Not only are the reads extremely personal to the pair, but they sit on one-of-a-kind millwork made just for this spot. Together they create the loft's most personalized vignette.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
The living room's selection of artwork was strategically hung to highlight the home's 11-foot ceilings.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
Without a doubt, the bathroom feels current and fresh. Meredith says it's still a work in progress, though, and she'd love to swap out its tile.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
Most of this room's necessities are kept hidden so as not to overwhelm the quaint space.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
The bedroom's rich coloring highlights the details of its wall's artful bud vases.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
The mixture of textures and hues on Meredith and Anthony's bed helps fold this room into the rest of the loft's layered look.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
The kitchen's navy-blue cabinetry counterbalances the blue doors that hang across from it in the dining room. Besides the cabinets' new paint, the couple didn't do much else to the room. They did, however, have Kevin help them pick new tile for the backsplash.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
Together, the cleverly painted bookshelves and the large artwork that accompanies them disguise the home office's murphy bed.
A Plush Chelsea Loft Encrusted in Jewel Tones, Design*Sponge
The early-1900s-era loft's floor plan.



Console – West Elm
Mirror – Heirloom
Table lamp – Circa Lighting

Dining Room

Paint colors – Benjamin Moore “Dark Burgundy” and “Deep Royal”
Table – Anthroplogie
Chairs, counter stools – All Modern
Sheepskins, throw pillows – Etsy
Bar cart, rug – One Kings Lane
Bar cabinets – Restoration Hardware
Chandelier – Design Within Reach

Living Room

Daybed – CB2
Side chair, ottoman, stool – Anthropologie
Cowhide, swivel chair – Room and Board
Coffee table – All Modern
Sofa – Restoration Hardware
Media cabinet – Organic Modernism
Coffee tables – ABC Home
Drapes – The Shade Store
Frames, art – Heirlooms


Wallpaper – Etsy
Sconces – West Elm


Nightstands, dresser – West Elm
Floating shelf, wall vases – Etsy
Rug – Anthropologie


Cabinet paint – Benjamin Moore “Deep Royal”
Subway tiles – The Home Depot
Counter stools – All Modern

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  • What a beautiful home. I know that white has been in vogue for a long time but I love these beautiful colours. Although it’s extremely chic, it also looks cozy and liveable – lovely!

  • I love the color combinations and eclectic character of this home. I’m glad to see a home that’s not all white. The only thing that seems to me a little off is the navy blue color of the kitchen cabinetry. I would love to see a bolder color choice, like lime. But, it’s still awesome.

  • It’s a beautifully decorated apartment. Love the jewel colours but there’s still nice stretches of white and negative space. What’s more a lovely decent sized apartment. Lucky people!

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