Tour a Stylish Family Home in NYC

After losing most of their belongings in a fire several years ago and finally having the time to decorate, a young family called on designer Lauren Rasken of Lauren A Balkan Designs to design a space that truly felt like home. Rasken responded by crafting an Upper West Side apartment that contains Western influences (the wife is from Texas) as well as a mix of California’s beach style. But that wasn’t the only thing she had to consider. With a second baby on the way, it was also important for the family home to be kid-friendly.

Rasken delivered on all fronts, creating a comfortable, yet stylish, environment for the growing family. From an eye-catching gallery wall including taxidermy to a mix of textured materials, see how the space came together under Lauren A Balkan Designs’ direction.

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The living room is right off the dining room and is the main focal point across from the entry door. Furniture in neutral colors, layered rugs, and soft window treatments add warmth to the space. The chairs, which survived the fire in the family’s previous apartment, feature a custom stripe fabric from HB Home and leather from Holly Hunt. The oversized pendant light and mirror complete the room.

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Another view of the living room, featuring a gallery wall that was a musthave for the client. Art includes a silhouette from Natasha Law, a Baron Von Fancy piece, an oil painting for a beachy feel, as well as Hugo Guiness pieces the client already owned. A variety of frames add a special touch.

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The dining room, which is a shared space with the entry and backs up to an open kitchen, features banquette seating and large-scale art.

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For the bedroom, Rasken decided to mix neutrals and experiment with textures for a relaxing, California feel.  Highlights include a custom bed, jute rug, raffia dresser, bone nightstands, and a leather bench. The linen drum shade and wall color complete the look.

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Rasken refreshed the kitchen with Danby Marble in a honed finish to match the existing Danby subway tile backsplash and repainted the cabinetry to match the trim throughout in a true white. “The honed marble counters against the polished backsplash made it feel so much more organic,” Rasken says. “It totally changed the look of the kitchen and made it a bright and more open space.”

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The Cole & Son Woods paper from Lee Jofa makes a statement in the bathroom.

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The inviting entry.

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Rasken carved out a small area in the nursery to keep toys and books organized.

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A play area in the son’s bedroom.