a living room with a view of a conservatory through the windows
The living room includes both modern and vintage furnishings, and includes views of the conservatory on one side.

A New York Townhouse Inspired by the 1970s Folk Music Scene

Originally built in 1828, this Federal-era property located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village features interior spaces transformed by Matt McKay—founder of McKay—for his longtime friends, a couple in their mid-30s. “This was my first large-scale residential project,” confesses McKay. “I worked hard to retain the character of the townhouse, while minimizing any formal elements.”

The 1960s-’70s folk music scene in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, was the main source of inspiration for this project that aims to foster connection and community through entertaining. “The objective consisted in creating a place that would invite groups of friends to get together, stay for a while, and be present with each other,” says McKay.

Warm neutral tones combine with accents and fabrics in deep rusts, blues and greens against walls coated in Benjamin Moore’s Distant Gray. Materials such as reclaimed wood for the floors, herringbone terracotta brick and natural oak millwork, among others, nod to the history of the house while modern updates reflect the lifestyle, tastes and needs of the homeowners. For example, the mechanical room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling is now a steam room. Another notable update: the conservatory/greenhouse on the main floor is paired with a newly added wet bar and opens onto a rear patio. The primary suite with its fireplace and bath occupies the second level and a communal space, which can act as a home office and guest area, is on the third floor.

Brimming with historic character and inventive updates, this sophisticated home offers the right dose of irreverence to feel as youthful and energizing as its owners.

a dining area with brick flooring, banquette seating, and dining chairs
The dining area’s brick flooring is from Clé Tile.
a Manhattan home's kitchen with neutral earth tones
Warm, neutral earth tones are found in the home’s kitchen.
a primary bedroom with earth tones and bohemian furnishings
A bedside table in the primary bedroom is by Hiroyuki Nishimura from Somewhere Tokyo.
a home's conservatory with large plants and teak lounge chairs
The conservatory features vintage teak lounge chairs upholstered with vintage fabric sourced from Paula Rubenstein NYC.
a primary bathroom with light wood cabinets and a row of wall sconces
Sconces by Workstead light up the primary bathroom.
a living room with a view of a conservatory through the windows
The living room includes both modern and vintage furnishings with views of the conservatory on one side.
green velvet chairs in front of fireplace in an earthy toned living room
A pair of vintage Móveis Cimo chairs upholstered in ZAK+FOX velvet.
a black tile shower in a steam room/guest bathroom
The cellar guest bath (also a subterranean steam/sauna bath), with shower tile by Heath and brick flooring by Clé Tile.

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