Stephens’s solution? Durable decorating plus pocket doors, which bisect the loft into a grown-up front area and just-for-family back spaces, which include bedrooms and a playroom. “The kids can play everywhere, but when Soledad and Brad want to entertain or just have that sleek Manhattan loft look she loves, they can close the doors and get it.”
Soledad collects art by the Puerto Rican-American painter Rascal, whose vivid portrait of a woman hangs above the dining room’s antique scribner’s table. Stephens designed the custom dining table in steel: “Indestructible,” he boasts.
Dining table (custom, stainless steel): Lost City Arts, 212/375-0500, lostcityarts.com.
Dining chairs (“Enzo Chair’’/Black Leather): Room & Board, 800/301-9720, roomandboard.com.
Pendant light (“Flute 1 Pendant’’ by Franco Raggi): Fontana Arte, 212/334-3295, fontanaarte.it.
Sideboard (antique oak with inlaid marble top): owner’s collection.
Art over sideboard (by Rascal): Creighton-Davis Gallery, 202/333-3050.
Paint (“White Dove’’): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Photograph: Bruce Buck