Exquisitely decorated, romantically airy, texturally rich...Is it any wonder that the mind behind Goop’s luxe, dreamy vision of living went home each night to a place befitting these descriptions? Last month, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tribeca loft underwent a price cut, giving us a chance to daydream about snapping it up (only in our dreams!) and, more importantly, allowing us to get a more thorough peek at the decorating. Here are six can’t-miss features we can’t wait to recreate in our own homes… without the designer decorator, of course.
The living room swing
Okay, okay — maybe we aren’t all in a position to install a giant swing in our living rooms (word to the wise: your landlord won’t love it if you screw huge weight-bearing hooks into the ceiling), but there is still a design lesson you can take away from this conversation piece: There’s always room for an element of fun, even in the most elegant space. We love that Gwyneth and her designers threw a playful accent into this polished, pulled-together living room; it makes the space that much more personal and intimate.
The kitchen banquette bench
We don’t know about you, but we are always hardcore Team Booth when dining out. By updating this restaurant-inspired design with luxe fabrics in muted tones, the eat-in kitchen strikes a balance between refined and retro. We love the unpretentious attitude of this design element.
The formal foyer
Drawing from the English tradition of having a round table with flowers in the foyer, Gwyneth’s entryway proves that you don’t have to have a traditional entryway in order to take advantage of this technique. Not only does this simple element create a welcoming moment as you enter the loft, but it also acts as a smart organizational “home base” for keys, mail and other essentials.
The “apron”-effect marble island
While waterfall countertops have been the buzzword for kitchens lately, we have to say that we love the unconventional look of this island. White marble has been a favorite choice for some time now, but the additional architectural detail of having the countertop continue so it’s visible from the sides really sets this island apart.
The minimalist dining room
We love the unusual approach to a “formal” dining room presented here, which keeps everything low to the ground in a Japanese-inspired aesthetic — when you have floor-to-ceiling windows out onto a terrace like Gwyneth, why obscure the view? While this may not be the most practical design choice in the book, it certainly makes a statement and sets an immediate mood for dinner parties.
The graphic pop
The color palette stays cohesively muted and harmonious throughout the entire apartment. The one place that deviates from the soft, airy tone? The terrace. The unexpected splash of high-contrast black and white prints lends a playful air to the exterior, changing the mood of the space and separating it both physically and aesthetically from the rest of the home. When you have the benefit of an outdoor space, why not have fun with it? A good reminder that variety is the spice of life (and decor).