Two World Travelers and a Sunny, Plant-Filled Manhattan Loft

updated Nov 14, 2019

Two World Travelers and a Sunny, Plant-Filled Manhattan Loft

updated Nov 14, 2019
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Name: Jean and Jeff
Location: Lower East Side, NYC
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: almost 2 years, renting

Because they have an almost unheard of amount of sunlight streaming in, Jean and Jeff have stuffed their one-bedroom loft apartment on the Lower East Side with plants (supported with a great collection of funky vintage finds). In fact, these world travelers did such a good job of bringing the outdoors in that the whole place feels like one giant, peaceful tree house.

The vibrant living room is definitely the focal point of their apartment. They were immediately drawn to how suddenly the apartment opens up into a lofty atrium with 17-foot ceilings and a distinctive half-dome window…and knew they wanted to deliver a colorful first impression. The blue Room & Board sofa sets the tone. A team of perky, green philodendrons fills out the white space on the walls, creating the illusion of ivy.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

The funky factor comes from the found goods from nature, as well as contemporary art created by their closest friends. Just a few items in Jean and Jeff’s found collection are: a quartz collection they discovered in the Atacama Desert, a scotch diary with personal tasting notes of their favorite single malts, a seemingly unimposing “treasure map” rock Jean salvaged from the dirt in Canada as a child, and a 1937 ceramic Kahlúa decanter.

Ultimately, Jean and Jeff wanted their living space to synthesize the indoors and outdoors to create a seamless transition to their 200-square-foot private terrace — a truly envious element in an already envy-inducing home. They chose bamboo, grass, warm-toned hanging lights and natural, printed accent pillows for the outdoor oasis to evoke the feeling of peace, meditation and yes, some jungle vibes.

“We have fully embraced ambient rainforest and jungle soundtracks on YouTube to complete the morning aura.”


Murphy Custom 81″ Sofa — Room & Board
Live Edge Coffee Table — Aspen Wood Shop
Untitled Painting – in Blue – Max Arocena
Untitled Painting – in Black – Max Arocena
Woven Kilim Pillows — MoroccanTribal
Mud Cloth Pillows — Mondiale Lifestyle
Llama Wool Accent Pillows — Mondiale Lifestyle
Coasters — Concrete Cat
Vintage Berber Rug — eBay
Framed Silk Print — Vintage find from Indonesia
Farmer & His Wife Water Crock — Antique find
Infinity Lamp — Antique find
Blue Speckled Vase & Egyptian Salad Tosser — Antique finds Tangier Tile RETile — StickPretty
1937 Green Tiki Kahlua Decanter — Brooklyn Flea
Vintage Basket Set — TheVerdeBee
Yellow Accent Chairs — Wayfair
Turquoise Olive Oil Bottle — Antique find
Balancing Blocks — Noguchi Museum
Danish mid-century mirror — purchased from friend
Wool Sheep — Kaffe 1668
Wicker boat basket set — found in LES

Serving Tray — Antique find
Baking Tin — Antique find
Handmade Ceramic Bowls — Kari Ceramics
Gaudi Tea Set — Casa Batlló
Yellow Sunflower Pitcher — from Portugal
Petrified Wood — Etsy
Milk Creamer — from Chile

Banana Leaf Accent Pillows — PillowsCushionsOhMy
Outdoor Furniture — IKEA
Bamboo Wall — Saifee Hardware & Garden
Buddha Sculpture — Saifee Hardware & Garden
Lhasa Outdoor Rug — Fab Habitat

0°N 0°W Prints – Colorfiction
Bed — IKEA
Desk — Wayfair
Dresser — Wayfair
Storage Basket — The Container Store
Pink blanket — from Chile
Suzani Bedspread — Mondiale Lifestyle
Candle Stick Holder — MoMa Design Store

Thanks, Jean and Jeff!

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