Patina Miller’s Manhattan Loft Blends Color and Industrial Vibes

Patina Miller always had lofty ideas. 

“I love the idea of loft living,” the two-time Tony Award winner told Architectural Digest. “I love big open spaces. I need to have light, big windows, and a view, because it really makes a difference in my mood and my well-being.”

So it’s no wonder that Miller, currently starring in “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” on Starz, and her husband David Mars, landed in a 3,500-square-foot loft in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. The palatial pad, which comes complete with a 500-square-foot terrace, was designed and furnished by Evan Edward right before the 2020 lockdown began. Now, Miller attributes the beautiful space to the family’s livelihood throughout the pandemic.

 “It saved us — my family, my husband, and our daughter. Unfortunately, at the height of the pandemic, we all caught COVID. My husband was sick a few days before me, and then our daughter was sick,” said Miller. “Because we had this big open space, we didn’t feel suffocated at a time where it was very [heavy] and you could get suffocated just in the emotion of it all. We really [have] a safe space, a fun space, and a space filled with so much love.”

Filled with stark white walls and exposed brick, the space manages to avoid feeling overly sterile or industrial. The formal living area features what the family calls the Conversation Pit, where dual semicircular sofas in a teal color with colorful pillows surround a circular coffee table wrapped in gold. A shaggy rug sits underneath, and three sets of glass doors look out to the rolling terrace adding plenty of streaming light to the space.

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 “I wanted it to be sexy,” said Miller.  “[It’s] where the grownups hang without the kids.”

Across the room, the dining area is helmed by a long, light wood dining table. 10 vintage velvet chairs in a muted coral tone surround the table, while art by Troy Michie and a plaster treatment by Ben Lai sit on the walls. Every nook of space in the loft has been consciously utilized, like the family library that was previously a dead space in the middle of the room. 

“I was like, ‘What are we going to do with this?’” Miller said. “We don’t want more furniture. We don’t want another sitting room, because that’s just really too much.” They filled the pace with an oversized, plush pink chair placed next to a towering floating bookshelf that cascades up the wall. Now, the whole family can hang out together reading in the comfy space. 

Miller told the designers she wanted the couple’s bedroom to “look like a bougie hotel, you know, the type of hotel you don’t want to leave.” Her vanity was created from a steamer trunk that opens into a glam station with a pouf, while tones of gold and purple are dotted throughout. The space also leads out to the couple’s roomy balcony, where they can score some fresh air during a busy New York day.

The couple’s daughter, Emerson, also has a beautiful room of her own. Filled with pale pink walls and colorful spotted wallpaper, the room has Damien Hirst artworks and shaggy pink carpeting. In her play area, a plush sofa the designers found in a vintage store in Italy fills the room with color. 

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“We wanted to make it into a fun space for a kid, while keeping it within the language that we’re establishing for the larger space,” said Edward.

Overall, Miller and Mars are delighted with their home, which is filled with elements that are important to the family.

 “We wanted a specific look and style to the place,” Miller explained. “The biggest thing for us was making sure everything sort of meant something to us. I asked our designers to help us come up with a place that really reflected who we were as a couple, as a family.”

Megan Johnson

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Megan Johnson is a reporter in Boston. She got her start at the Boston Herald, where commenters would leave sweet messages like “Megan Johnson is just awful.” Now, she’s a contributor to publications like People Magazine, Trulia and Architectural Digest.