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For me, the true marker of a lovely home is one that is designed around your basic, everyday needs…then elevated to a status of all out gorgeous. A home that embraces children and pets and lazy sundays kicking back with a paper and a cup of coffee. As is the case with this stunning New York City loft, photographed to utter perfection by Trent Bailey. PS. Lots more in the gallery!

From the homeowner, the lovely Roxanne…Our apartment is new construction in an old church dormitory building – which meant good bones, big windows and a great facade, but blank, stark white walls throughout – a clean slate. We moved in right around New Year’s, and wanted to give the space some fun and personality.

We needed an apartment that was kid-friendly for our 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, but at the same time wanted adult areas not dominated by toys! My childhood best friend’s sister, Lindsay Feldman, was simultaneously launching her own interior design business, and she helped us with everything. Long gallery walls highlight our collected photographs, artwork, and interests from over the years (my husband and I met on our first day of college 16 years ago!)

It took about 6 months to finalize all furniture, fabrics and window treatments, paint and a bit of wallpaper, kitchen backsplash tiling, and custom built-ins. I think living in the space while we furnished helped us fine-tune what we really needed, as every square inch in a Manhattan apartment needs to be used!

The end result I feel is a fun, comfortable, and eclectic environment with a mix of design styles; it captures our taste and is a space we will equally love many years from now.

Our son and daughter get to show off their personalities in their bedrooms, and we also wanted their rooms to be places they could continue to grow into.

We live on the parlor level of our building, so we have small outdoor patio off the back of our apartment – lazy Sundays are usually spent outside, with the kids running in and out playing games and blowing bubbles. Our home is a gathering spot for our friends, and we truly love it.

Interior design: LKI Interiors | Large art piece over couch: Lindsay Cowles Fine Art | Couch and Master Bedroom Bed: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams | Round Wood Dining Table: Mecox Gardens | Dining Chairs: Phillippe Starck from Kartell | Large Persian Hutch: one-of-a-kind antique from Twelve Chairs Boston | Living room rug: ABC Carpet & Home | Purple Tweed Armless Tufted Chair: custom upholstery from ABC | Leather Chair in Study: Stickley Aud & Co | Rug in Study: Antique that my parents have had for decades | Desk in entry: West Elm | Rugs in Children’s Bedrooms: Madeline Weinrib | Fabric for Curtains & {illows in Girl’s Bedroom: Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Trent Bailey: Photography