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Take a tour of the super-chic New York home of designer Juniper Tedhams

House Juniper
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W

hen it comes to the 
objects displayed in 
her home, designer Juniper Tedhams is both 
a collector and, by her own admission, ‘a ruthless editor’. ‘I like to have space around things,’ she explains. 

This instinct to strip back rather than endlessly add has served her well in this Manhattan townhouse, where she lives with her husband, lighting designer Sean O’Connor. 

Within its walls, she has drawn together influences from different stages in her life, including gritty reclamation finds from London, refined furniture by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret, contemporary art and her own perfectly balanced designs. 

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House Juniper Sitting Room

A handsome work area overlooks the Manhattan street. Keeping things pared back allows the beauty of each piece to shine. ‘I like to have space around things,’ says Juniper

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Juniper bought this 1850s home with her sister 
22 years ago and took the upper ground parlour 
floor and the lower ground floor. Over time, Juniper says, her style here has evolved.

‘In one iteration, 
I painted all the rooms in moody blues and greens 
and the upholstery was dark, too,’ she recalls.

House Juniper Kitchen-Diner

Beneath the waxed plaster ceiling, cabinets finished in dulled bronze make a sharp statement. ‘I love surfaces that surprise,’ says Juniper

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Today, the scheme is far lighter with monochromes, neutrals and walls skimmed in Venetian plaster.

‘I limited the palette and tried to create depth and variation with texture,’ she says. ‘That said, I’m already dreaming of re-covering the large black 
sofa in a patchwork of peach and melon…’ 

House Juniper Dining Space

Alongside a set of mid-century chairs, a sculptural table has 
an elegant solidity

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Juniper did a degree and then an MA in fine art 
but combined her studies with working for a Chicago antiques and salvage dealer and went on to open 
her own eponymous furniture store in New York. 

Her taste has also been informed by spending time in London in the late 1990s, where she forged friendships with dealers at the Core One collective 
in Chelsea, where Will Fisher from Jamb also 
started out. 

‘I still have pieces I bought then, including a 19th century saddle bench, so perhaps I’m not entirely ruthless,’ she smiles. The cream 
of mid-century European design is her favourite 
style for its ‘simplicity of form’.

House Juniper Study

‘I call this a “shelter sofa”,’ says Juniper. 
‘It’s so deep that it almost feels like a 
room inside a room’

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However, to make the scale and shape of the townhouse rooms work, Juniper also used her own furniture designs. ‘The townhouse layout can be a challenge,’ she says. 

‘Much like the British Victorian home, it’s essentially a long narrow run of connected spaces, with no side windows. In order to get light in, rooms need to be as open-plan as possible.’ 

House Juniper Study

The ceiling mural animates the room. The lamp is one of Juniper’s favourites. ‘I’ve used 
the design in several projects,’ she says

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In Juniper and Sean’s home, sliding doors between the sitting room and study remain open during the day so there is a front-to-back flow of light. This can make the spaces feel rather exposed, so Juniper’s solution was 
to design high-sided sofas that wrap around the sitter. 

‘The velvet sofa, in particular, is so deep that it acts as a “shelter”, so you can read or watch TV without being completely visible to the rest of the floor,’ she says.

Above this sofa, a ceiling mural in earthy, natural shades adds originality. ‘The inspiration was some fragments of an art-deco rug that I found,’ says Juniper, who collaborated with artist Dean Barger 
to create the mural. 

‘I knew I wanted that melon colour and the almost black “cola” shade and I showed him the predominant motifs. Dean improvised from there,’ she says. 

House Juniper Master Bedroom

A wrap-around bed design has a cosseting feel. Blank walls add 
to the calm mood

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Juniper’s love of surfaces that surprise continues downstairs. During her time in London, she bought 
a large batch of vintage cattle-yard bricks – dark, terracotta blocks studded with Duplo-like cobbles 
– and she’s laid them in the bathroom and guest bedroom. 

House Juniper Bathroom

Cattle-yard tiles add
an unexpectedly rustic texture. ‘The heft of 
them makes sense in 
this space as it doesn’t 
have architectural ornamentation,’ 
Juniper explains. 

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‘I’d never seen anything like them and I thought they were just magical,’ she says. ‘Down here, where there is less architectural ornamentation, their heft makes sense.’ 

It’s Juniper’s talent for seeing the beauty in rough and ready bricks alongside iconic furniture that cements her unique townhouse style. 

With thanks to Juniper Tedhams

House Juniper Sitting Room

Downstairs, unexpected cattle yard brick flooring undercuts the elegance of the parlour floor. A walnut framed sofa converts into an unobtrusive ‘shelter bed’ for guests. The wooden table is based on a sculpture by Pierre Szekely

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Words/Jo Leevers 

Photography/Noe DeWitt/Otto