When one of my favourite New York-based fashion designers, Gillian Tennant, sent me some pictures of her studio in Tribeca it was love at first sight. Gillian has an incredible eye for subtle minimalism with a feminine touch that is all her own and I couldn't wait to find out more about her space. Thanks Gillian x
Your space is absolutely beautiful! Tell us a little about the building and its history.
Thank you! I live with my husband and my dog, Molly, in an old artist's loft in the downtown neighbourhood of Tribeca. Our building was built in the mid-1800's and at that time, Tribeca was the textile district of Manhattan. Our building was a factory for the manufacture of yarn, twine and rope. The space we live in is very untouched - it still has many of its original quirky features (that we love) including wonky timber floors, 16ft wood beam ceilings, exposed brick walls and a very cute cast iron fire escape. We are lucky enough to live on a small, quiet street and have a roof terrace that overlooks the city.
How would you describe your decorating style?
The city can feel quite grey and grungy so as an escape from that, I try to keep the inside of our home light and fresh. The first thing we did when we moved in was paint every surface white! Our style is a real mix - vintage, tribal, high and low end pieces all live here. But I like to think that the result is a very delicate and soft look.
What is your favourite piece of furniture?
I have a few favourites around the home! Our vintage safari chairs for the comfort, the Moroccan carpets for the feel and I love the little light fittings that hang over our dining table - we made these ourselves and they look so fragile and pretty.
What is your favourite thing to do at home?
What are a few of your favourite NYC addresses for the home?
ABC Carpet & Home 888 Broadway, New York
John Derian 6 East 2nd Street, New York
All Good Things 102 Franklin Street, New York
Steven Alan Home 158 Franklin Street, New York
Canvas Home 199 Lafayette St, New York
Chelsea Flea Market W25th Street, New York
Moon River Chattel 62 Grand Street, Brooklyn
Sprout Home 44 Grand Street, Brooklyn
Brook Farm General Store 75 S 6th St, Brooklyn