Interior designer Cara Woodhouse utilized soaring ceilings and horizontal lines to make the most of a Soho space.
The eclectic Dragon chandelier is from Hudson Furniture NYC
When a high-profile, out-of-town pair from the West Coast sought to make a modern yet earthy space of their Soho pied-a-terre, they naturally tapped esteemed designer Cara Woodhouse for the job. Her acute attention to detail and ability to think outside the box made her just the right person to transform this three-bedroom, three-bathroom abode. Using statement chandeliers and long, low furniture to create a repetition of horizontal lines throughout, she made use of every single square foot.
"This was a six-month project," Woodhouse notes. "It was more or less a gut renovation, and we updated all of the floors throughout the home and redesigned the bathrooms, as well as refinished and updated the kitchen." Likewise, custom furnishings throughout, such as the stunning primary bed complete with attached nightstands and integrated sconces made of a full slab of live edge wood, add a signature Woodhouse touch and unmatched character to the cozy space.
A vintage table
"We really wanted to go for a tonal and earthy palette," Woodhouse says. "We played upon more texture versus color in this home." A custom-built bathroom vanity and a fresh coat of a deep, moody gray-brown paint on the existing kitchen cabinets complemented by a custom couch and coffee table in the living room atop a Beauvais rug achieve just that. Similarly, eye-catching chandeliers of various textures and colors command the spotlight in the kitchen, dining area and above the pool table—all truly accentuating the tall ceilings by directing the eyes up.
A Chris Gwaltney painting
A vintage bedside table found by Woodhouse that she refinished
But as with any lower Manhattan project of this scale, the team was met with unprecedented hurdles along the way. "The most challenging part of this project includes the oversized pieces of furniture, such as the dining table and master bedroom bed," Woodhouse notes. "The function of the house didn't allow for easy access up the stairs with these large pieces, but ultimately we made it work, and they look great in the space."
The Eucalyptus round single-tier chandelier from Ochre in the kitchen
In the end, Woodhouse was able to materialize precisely what her clients once merely imagined. "[They] were just so lovely and wonderful, and allowed us to really take control of the end result," she concludes. "It was such a fun project to work on, and I loved implementing all of the earthy elements with the custom details."
A custom bookcase by Woodhouse made from reclaimed wood
Cara Woodhouse Interiors
George Garrity Contracting
Rugs and carpets throughout
CARA WOODHOUSE INTERIORS
Custom furnishings throughout
CHRIS GWALTNEY PAINTINGS
HUDSON FURNITURE NYC
Dining room lighting