• Soho Loft Thomas Jayne and Rick Ellis live on the top floor of a cast iron and brick loft building dating from the late 19th century in the Soho Historic District in lower Manhattan.

    Thomas Jayne and Rick Ellis live on the top floor of a cast iron and brick loft building dating from the late 19th century in the Soho Historic District in lower Manhattan.

  • Soho Loft At the foot of the dining area is an Empire sideboard with a bust of Washington by Houdon. The yellow mirror is repeated throughout the apartment.

    At the foot of the dining area is an Empire sideboard with a bust of Washington by Houdon. The yellow mirror is repeated throughout the apartment.

  • Soho Loft The main living area of the loft is separated by a wall of bookcases housing the couple's extensive collection of books on cooking and culinary history. The wall partitions include a pair of colored glass doors that open into a space called the "Cabinet Room." The collar of the skylight is lined with yellow mirror.

    The main living area of the loft is separated by a wall of bookcases housing the couple's extensive collection of books on cooking and culinary history. The wall partitions include a pair of colored glass doors that open into a space called the "Cabinet Room." The collar of the skylight is lined with yellow mirror.

  • Soho Loft A view through the mirrored doors into the Cabinet Room. The bookshelves serve as architectural features, creating partitions and zones within the loft.

    A view through the mirrored doors into the Cabinet Room. The bookshelves serve as architectural features, creating partitions and zones within the loft.

  • Soho Loft The Cabinet Room is a "cabinet of curiosities" where a collection of natural and found objects are arranged along bookcases and window sills. It also serves as a sitting room with pillows made from antique textiles and a daybed covered in a silk brocade.

    The Cabinet Room is a "cabinet of curiosities" where a collection of natural and found objects are arranged along bookcases and window sills. It also serves as a sitting room with pillows made from antique textiles and a daybed covered in a silk brocade.

  • Soho Loft The living area features a pair of 18th century Chinese root wood chairs, a graffiti covered column painted by artist Robert Loughlin, and just beyond, an oversized painting by Michael Hossner.

    The living area features a pair of 18th century Chinese root wood chairs, a graffiti covered column painted by artist Robert Loughlin, and just beyond, an oversized painting by Michael Hossner.

  • Soho Loft A 19th century English table is surrounded by old and new chairs, a combination representative of the aesthetic of the loft.

    A 19th century English table is surrounded by old and new chairs, a combination representative of the aesthetic of the loft.

  • Soho Loft A large yellow color block, antique chest with a relic of the true cross, and mirror by sculptor and designer Oriel Harwood are flanked by a pair of lavender bookcases.

    A large yellow color block, antique chest with a relic of the true cross, and mirror by sculptor and designer Oriel Harwood are flanked by a pair of lavender bookcases.

  • Soho Loft Another yellow color block is mirrored on the opposite wall of the bedroom. The Victorian bed has a long family connection -- it originally  belonged to Thomas Jayne's grandparents and then handed down within the family. It has been in continuous use for over three generations.

    Another yellow color block is mirrored on the opposite wall of the bedroom. The Victorian bed has a long family connection -- it originally belonged to Thomas Jayne's grandparents and then handed down within the family. It has been in continuous use for over three generations.