Even major design talents like DwellStudio founder Christine Lemieux can learn a lot from an architect's expert advice.

When Christiane Lemieux bought this 3,200-square-foot loft in Soho, she envisioned turning it into a London-style town house, employing the muted hues of her bedding and fabrics for DwellStudio. "I thought we could put in a bunch of moldings and cut it up into a classic six," she says.

But after she and her husband, Joshua Young, moved in, everything changed. "I realized that a loft is a very special thing, and I wanted to maintain its character," she says.

Lemieux hired local architects Will Meyer and Gray Davis, of Meyer Davis Studio Inc., to return the apartment to its bones, using the pared-down, rustic-modern style of Belgian interiors guru Axel Vervoordt as a guide. Occasionally the architects' penchant for bold statements clashed with the clients' restraint, but it didn't take long to come up with a solution both parties are proud of. "People think we did very little to it," Lemieux says. "It feels like the soul is still intact."

The '60s painting by Robert Swain, a gift from Lemieux's in-laws, inspired the colors for the whole apartment.

SOFAS "Big Ben" from $3,800 each, Montauk Sofa (212) 274-1552 SOFA FABRIC Rogers & Goffigon Ltd. linen "Country Cloth Plain" in Morel about $180/yard, e-mail designpro@ddbuilding.com CHAIRS (similar to shown) "Beecroft" $3,185 each, shabbychic.com FLOOR LAMP Naturally shed antler "Forest and Shade" $2,530 Room (212) 226-1045 BLUE PILLOWS Kirsten Hecktermann velvet $130 to $150 each, and WHITE PILLOW Transylvanian Images $250 Ochre (212) 414-4332 ARTWORK Robert Swain acrylic polymer emulsion on canvas "Untitled," robertswainnyc.com for similar works by artist VASE (on coffee table) Tse & Tse porcelain $110 Clio (212) 966-8991 ROUND BOTTLE (on console) $290 Judy Jackson Stoneware (212) 431-7631 SHADE 54" × 96" flat roman $810 theshadestore.com WALL PAINT #SK8, finepaintsofeurope.com for stores

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