Elizabeth Baudouin and Natalie Shirinian make the perfect couple.
We’ve met a lot of creative power couples in our day, but even amongst that excellent company, Elizabeth Baudouin and Natalie Shirinian stand out. Between the two of them, they’re a filmmaker, author, and they run NES Creative, a creative services agency for top talent in art, design, and culture (you might recognize their client—and all the lighting in their apartment—from this feature with Apparatus), and that creativity shows in their Tribeca loft.
With dark, moody walls, rose-print wallpaper, brass and marble accents, and an insanely cute Japanese Chin named Toni Deville (her Instagram is @thedevillewearsprada), the space is capital-R Romantic. It’s also incredibly comfortable and warm—much like its inhabitants.
After munching on popcorn and pastries and spending a lot of time taking snaps of Toni (BTW, Japanese Chins were bred to live in a kimono sleeve, and if that doesn’t make you believe in miracles, we don’t know what will), we were ready to start planning BFF tattoos with the couple.
Click through to read all about how they met, how they blend their design sensibilities, and how they plan on spending Valentine’s Day.
“A lot of our clients are out here, a lot of editors are out here, and we really wanted a space to move into that can also showcase a lot of our clients’ work. We were specifically looking for a loft and I felt like Laurel Canyon was a little slow and L.A. was a little bit slow. We are out here so often we were like, why don't we just go out to the East Coast and make this happen! We got lucky with this space because we throw these art shows and we can really showcase our clients’ work in it.” —NS