When Ferebee and Brook Taube viewed a rundown Midtown East apartment during an estate sale, they knew it was the abode they wanted to call home. “We saw the potential and we were able to do exactly what we wanted,” says Ferebee, cofounder and creative director of FEYT, an online fashion styling website. “But it did take over two years to renovate.” The Taube residence is now a sun-filled, modern space, a merger of the clean lines and simplicity of contemporary design, and the warmth and exposed wood of a mid-century aesthetic.
a sun-filled, modern space, a merger of the clean lines and simplicity of contemporary design, and the warmth and exposed wood of a mid-century aesthetic
Although the young couple have chosen light-colored upholstery and surrounded themselves with an impressive art collection, their believe their home is meant to be lived in. “Life is what makes a house a home, and in my case, that means that three little boys all under the age of four [Bishop, Ford, and Clarke] can run around the whole house with no room being off-limits,” Ms. Taube says. “Our floors are scratched from their scooters and bikes, and the white walls are banged up a bit, but it all makes it feel like home.”
THE LIVING ROOM
“I love our living room because it is so bright and airy. It is probably the least used room, as living rooms tend to be, but whenever we entertain we get lots of use out of it. I occasionally curl up in here to read a book or newspapers, which feels like a real treat,” Ferebee says.
“The yellow painting is by a Swedish artist named Peter Åström [Spring Flowers, Hudson River, 1993]. It was hard to find a piece of art for this wall because the wall is actually a wood veneer, and not all art looks good against wood. But I loved this painting from the moment I first saw it because it is bright and cheery. The shearling Swan chair is probably the coziest chair in the house and the kids love to spin in circles on it. The other reading chair is a Hans Wegner. It was a bold move to cover it in the bright red fabric but I love the pop of color.”
“This is an incredible credenza from the designer Rosengren Hansen. We found it at an amazing mid-century furniture store called Modernlink, which is in downtown NYC on Bond Street. The photograph is by Olivo Barbieri [site specific_NEW YORK CITY 07]. It is a to-scale picture of Times Square, but because of the aerial view, it looks like a toy model!”
“My husband and I decided we wanted a cobalt blue coffee table, which is not easy to find, so our architect ended up designing this one for us. One section of it is removable, so you can move it around the room and use as a smaller table, which is quite clever!”
THE MEDIA ROOM
“Of all the rooms in our apartment, the family room gets the most use for sure. The cabinets lining the windows on the left house all of the boys’ toys so it doubles as a playroom and since the kitchen opens up into this space, it’s nice that I can be cooking and keep an eye on them. I love the Zanotta couch because it is comfortable and seats a lot of people.”
“I love this photograph by Massimo Vitali [SDT Island 2, #3846]. I love the juxtaposition of the ocean in the photo’s background and the river view from this same room. Having the water so near me reminds me of growing up in North Carolina and it makes coming home feel like a real retreat from the daily grind of the city.”
THE FAMILY ROOM AND DINING ROOM
“Before we renovated our apartment, the dining room was huge—the entire family room was a formal dining room that easily seated 30. We felt that the space was better suited with the dining table by the window. The table has extensions so it can accommodate different-size parties. We once had sixteen people crammed around the table on Thanksgiving! I also love the David Weeks chandelier that hangs above.”
THE MASTER BEDROOM
“Ah, my bedroom, the most serene room in the house! I stuck with very neutral colors here because I wanted this to be a place to relax and unwind. We also have a pair of Hans Wegner Papa Bear chairs in this room. We spent ages searching for a pair and finally found them in Denmark only to have them stolen while they were waiting for upholstery. We had to wait for ages to find another pair.”
THE KIDS’ ROOMS