This Romantic Downtown Loft Is the Perfect Blend of Minimalist and Maximalist

This Romantic Downtown Loft Is the Perfect Blend of Minimalist and Maximalist

Elizabeth Baudouin and Natalie Shirinian make the perfect couple.

Alec Kugler

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.

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“I was in the music industry and doing similar things but for big brands in music. Six months in, Natalie was like, ‘I have a client that could really use your services—want to take one on together?’ And we did. What basically happened was, I kept leaving my agency that I was at to go hang out with her and she was like, ‘You just need to join because that’s what it’s going to be.’ That’s one thing. Natalie is also a filmmaker and I’m also a writer. Our film comes out next month and I have a book coming out next year. Those are our separate things.” —EB
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