In the dynamic world of interior design, the personal sometimes becomes very personal, especially when the client is also your life partner. Leigh Kirby Klein, a passionate interior designer, found herself in such a unique situation when she and her husband bought a house in New York's West Village.
Weatherleigh Interiors is an interior design studio based out of North Carolina whose founder Leigh Kirby Klein we would like to highlight a stunning project from. The challenge arose from their different preferences; she liked old buildings, he preferred modern. However, the compromise came in the form of two adjoining flats in a new residential building, where the cost of the joined spaces was less than a comparable two-bedroom alternative. Leigh was faced with the task of seamlessly integrating these flats and creating a coherent, aesthetically satisfying space. One of the challenges was the flooring, where she eventually found a perfect match for the existing white oak. This careful matching of details reflects Leigh's dedication to delivering a design that not only embodies her vision, but also takes into account her family's functional needs. Despite the obstacles during the process, Leigh's vision for the house paid off. The flat, steeped in unique pieces from Belgium, France, Australia and beyond, acts as a haven for her family in the bustling heart of New York. It is more than just a home; it is an art gallery and hotel-like environment in which they can lose themselves. Leigh's passion and dedication to finding the right pieces have resulted in a home that exudes character and reflects her own creative expression, while remaining a place of comfort and functionality for her pragmatic husband. At around 800 square metres, the primary suite is a clever piece of optimisation, using every square inch to create an oasis of tranquillity amidst the city bustle. Thus, the house becomes not just a physical space, but a harmonious work of art that tells the story of compromise, passion and a unique wedding adventure in the West Village.
Balancing between pragmatism and creativity
The result became a handsome piece of optimisation, utilising every square inch to create an oasis of calm amidst the city bustle.The flat, steeped in personality and carefully chosen pieces, functions not just as a home, but as a canvas for everyday life.It testifies to the art of balancing design and functionality, a talent that Leigh Kirby Klein embodies with verve as a designer and life partner, making her West Village home a true source of inspiration. Photography by Sarah Elliott
Prop Stylist: Brittany Albert
Construction: Construct Brooklyn
Text by Elke Aerts