Designer Tali Roth blends old and new elements to create a warm, moody space with timeless appeal in the West Village.
Photos by Seth Caplan
A fresh start in an old space is perfect chance to bridge the past and present, and’s client seized the opportunity in her pre-war West Village apartment, nestled on one of Manhattan’s most charming streets. By combining old-school pieces with contemporary ones, Tali was able to her transform the space into something that uniquely reflects her client’s style—one the designer describes as “a little modern, masculine with a traditional twist.”
“[Designing the space] was all about balance,” Tali explains. “We paired everything super contemporary with something slightly traditional. I would pair something masculine with something a little vintage. That way the whole space was super balanced.”
It helped that the 600-square-foot, one-bedroom space already boasted gorgeous details and heaps of cozy charm. Of course, Tali did leave her own mark on the place.
In the kitchen, she started from scratch to create a darker, moodier aesthetic, featuring rich emerald tones and swathes of marble.
“We ripped out the kitchen and started again,” Tali shares. “We repaired the walls and restained the floors and added some lighting.”
And because she and her client were both on the same page in terms of the luxe design, the space came together quickly and very naturally, even when Tali was trying out new tricks.
“I had never done the floating marble shelves with no supports before,” Tali says. “It was difficult to execute but turned out amazingly well!”
The resulting nook lends timeless appeal to the room, creates the perfect platform for her client’s artful collection of bowls, vases, and dishware, and complements the emerald green cabinets.
“It’s so chic and timeless, but with a hint of funkiness,” Tali gushes.
The design process continued to unfurl organically, with some of the space’s most memorable features surfacing unexpectedly during the design process. The red marble fireplace, for instance, was a last-minute addition that injects a shot of color into the moody space, while also tying back to the marble elements in the kitchen.
Tali sourced a vintage 1960s leather club chair to offset some of the living room’s more contemporary features—think the sleek light fixture and rectangular steel coffee table. Another vintage find that gets a second life—the wooden stump-turned-side-table, which was part of the original beams of Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory.
The bedroom proved another opportunity to marry old and new, here to extra dramatic effect. To create a warm, cocoon-like space, Tali swathed the walls in a charcoal hue (Off-Black by Farrow & Ball), then layered in the classics, like a nude leather safari chair, with modern pieces, including the otherworldly lamp overhead. If you were taught that dark colors are a poor choice in a petite setting, Tali really wants to change your mind.
“I love the black bedroom,” Tali says. “I think it really lifts the space and is the perfect choice in a small bedroom.”
We’re all for embracing new design rules in old spaces.