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Bright family loft in New York: Sissy+Marley Interiors


Sissy+Marley Interiors, led by Chelsea Reale and Diana Rice, transformed the loft into a pre-war building known as the “Celebrity Hostel of New York City,” turning it into a dream home for a family of four.

Customers Ben and Nicole Dell “outgrew” their small apartment in Tribeca and decided to move into an apartment twice as large. After reviewing a variety of options and abandoning those that required significant repairs, they chose an apartment in a recently renovated house next door. Among its advantages are not only a convenient location but also arched windows, oak floors, protruding beams, and a massive custom-made kitchen. To give the already magnificent space a more personal character, the couple invited the designers of Sissy + Marley Interiors.

“We design spaces that families want to live in – chic but always functional homes,” say Chelsea Reale and Diana Rice, who have already worked with the Dell family on other projects. To create a comfortable space that is equally luxurious and inhabited, Project 443 Greenwich used custom joinery and carefully selected personal accents. This is also what the calm neutral palette that the customers insisted on works for: they wanted to see shades in their apartment that would stand the test of time and would not bother. The space was enlivened with layers of textures – a variety of finishes and textured textiles.

The main common area in the apartment is a combined living-dining room. Its large size was a huge plus, but required special attention: it was important that the room turned out to be cozy and warm, and also allowed all family members to communicate, have fun, have lunch, and relax. The designers played on contrasts: they placed plump upholstered furniture in pleasant to-the-touch light upholstery, including a Montauk sofa and armchairs designed by Kelly Westler, along with graphic black carpets Merida Studio and a strict Apparatus table. In the dining room, a BDDW table and chairs from Carl Hansen are invited to unhurried family feasts. Functionality is added by the BDDW chest of drawers and Apparatus luminaires. The custom joinery that can be seen throughout the house was created to order by Nancy Nienberg and Joel Dean.

A kitchen designed for a large family was also developed to order. Right behind it is a more intimate dining area, ideal for breakfast. The Desiron table, which accommodates the entire family, is surrounded by black Carl Hansen chairs, and next to it are Gubi stools. The long banquette with the padded seat was custom-made and decorated with Peter Jonas Interiors pillows. On the wall is a work by Peter Buchman, setting the mood for the space. Another notable art object can be seen in the foyer: it is the work of contemporary artist Marquis Lewis, known as Retna. There is also a Desiron bench, as well as mirrors and a chest of drawers from BDDW.

The spacious master bedroom is conceived as an ideal place where the owners can not only relax and unwind, but also read a book and even work. Against the background of the white walls, the black frame of the bed from Maxalto stands out spectacularly, and the Madeline Weinrib carpet serves as a link between them and fills the room with texture. The BDDW chair creates a comfortable seating area, and the shape of the Jim Zivic Design round mirror echoes the arched windows. For storage, there is a spacious Poliform dressing room, located directly behind the master bedroom.

In the daughter’s room, a delicate palette consisting of white and pink was taken as a basis. The eye here is attracted by the Clic hanging swing and the swan on the wall, made by tamar Mogendorf. The son’s black and white room is described as “a fun place to relax, play and dream.” Its interior reimagines the traditional sports theme and uses furniture from Oeuf, a custom-made Madeline Weinrib mat, lighting from Atelier De Troupe and Iacoli & Mcallister, as well as wallpaper from Ferm Living. For lessons, movies and games, there is a games room, the center of which is occupied by the Ducduc table, and the background is the Wallpaper Marley + Malek Kids.

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