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Kathleen Walsh: A Downtown Vibe in an Uptown Manhattan Home

Kathleen Walsh Interiors stepped in to make the client's dream of a unique loft-like space a reality.

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The family room with floor-to-ceiling windows on display. I love the natural light and how we mixed color and texture so seamlessly throughout this room.

In this New York City home, located in uptown Manhattan, the homeowners were looking for a unique aesthetic that mixed cultural influences. Kathleen Walsh Interiors stepped in to make the client's dream a reality. We asked Walsh about her goals and inspiration for the space.


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The master suite. The artwork hanging behind the bed is actually a custom, hand-painted wallpaper from the legendary Gracie Studio. I loved this subtle interpretation and the almost watery, or maybe hazy look it has—like a misty morning in a far-off locale.

What goals were you trying to meet for the client?

When the client came to us initially, they asked my team to create a “downtown” vibe in the uptown Manhattan space. First and foremost, we had to define what that meant for them. After some time together, including shopping trips and inspiration boards, we realized that the owners really loved a modern, eclectic aesthetic. With that in mind, we set out to use a globally modern mix of furnishings, including mixing Asian art and Middle Eastern rugs with Swedish influences. The end result? A home that is colorful, sophisticated, playful and welcoming to everyone.

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This is one of my favorite shots of the space. We sourced the table from Dennis Miller in NY, he represents Wendell Castle whose forms are a work of art unto themselves. We also used a favorite rug that the couple bought in Turkey as a wall tapestry.

What was the design inspiration for the project?

The project was largely inspired by the textiles and rugs that the couple already owned and had collected while traveling. The duo had also spent a few years living in Asia, so this helped inspire the design, as well. We were able to incorporate the beautiful, meaningful pieces they had collected over the years into this new home in a way that made sense for their life today. Subtle juxtapositions can be found throughout the project and make it truly special. For example: two pieces of Asian art hang above a Vladimir Kagan sofa and Wendell Castle Sizzle coffee table in the living room. In the elevator vestibule, an antique North Korean chest nestles beneath a sleek red console. I’m proud of “livably-modern” look we created. 

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This entrance hallway is a beautiful, unexpected vignette where we mixed existing and new pieces. The lamp is from Flos and the bench is from Pucci. The art is collected.

What is your favorite part about the space?

I love that we helped create a home that feels true and unique to the owners. The entire look is a reflection of the people that live there. That is what is most important to me, in any project. Beyond that? I am obsessed with the 14-foot ceilings and giant windows on the main floor. They make the space feel more like a loft, as opposed to a classic Upper East Side apartment. It totally works with the design and makes the work we did all the more impactful.

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The kitchen and dining area. That large piece of colorful artwork was collected during one of the couple’s trips abroad.


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