HOUSE LOVE: BRENKUS DOES IT AGAIN

As I mentioned on Monday, interior designers and newly engaged couple, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, recently completed their first (besides their home) collaborative design project.  Hair stylist (Beyonce's), Rita Hazan hired the duo to design her 2,500-square-foot loft in NYC's NoHo neighborhood. Here's a photo of the Rita and the design duo sitting in her fabulously light filled living room.

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Immediately, when I saw it, I showed Mr. H and said, "This is what our next apartment is going to look like". I'm in love with everything about it. The best thing about the space is that it's a loft - high ceilings, large open space & huge windows to let in an infinite amount of natural light. It's been our dream to move into a loft space like this and seeing this space just made us want it more.

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I admit, at first, the thought of decorating a loft can be a bit intimidating. It's just one big open space and it can be difficult to figure out where to put each space and how to define each of them as their own. For Rita's loft, the designers used black paint to delineate between each room.

Because Rita only lives in homes that are black white and gray, that became the overall color scheme. Then, to add dimension and depth to the space, the couple paired contrasting materials together - ivory Mongolian lambโ€™s wool with off-white linen, black velvet with brass and rough, unfinished wood with crystal.

I'm dying over that vintage Milo Baughman chaise.

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"Break the rules about how you can't use certain colors," Jeremiah says. "By painting the dining room black, it โ€œgives the idea of infinite space, and by grounding it with a simple black-topped wood table, the palette becomes cohesive.โ€ The dining room transforms into a guest room when Rita has out-of-town guests.

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Four vintage steel-and-leather bar stools add a bit of warmth to the industrial kitchen.

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The designers are known for using a mix of 'high and low design', which I love. In Rita's dressing room they incorporated a beautiful 1970s tufted daybed along with white shelving from IKEA and a Nate Berkus for Target tray.

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Nate and Jeremiah wanted the space to reflect Rita's style as well as her personality. โ€œShe leaves the house in a fur jacket, four-inch stilettos, and a manโ€™s gold watch,โ€ Berkus says. โ€œShe has a rock-and-roll quality, but sheโ€™s a soft-spoken, thoughtful person.โ€ I think they pretty much hit the nail on the head.

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