Designer: Jared Sherman Epps
Location: Financial District, New York, New York
Size: 1,000 square feet
Now that we, and that chevron wall, have your attention… come inside the model apartment designed by Jared Sherman Epps for a fictional FiDi dude. No doubt that like the story's leading man, the stage Jared set is strikingly modern, ruggedly handsome, and packing a strong, well-placed punch when the situation warrants.
Like many of the designers, Jared Sherman Epps created a fictitious client when faced with adding character and style to one of five model apartments as part of a promotion by the building's developer, Metroloft. Jared created a fictional resident, deciding he was a single man, successful and stylish, setting up his chic camp at the southern end of Manhattan — one of the urban pioneers of sorts, reclaiming the residential potential of the still mostly-commercial Financial District.
Judging by the design decisions, swank and style, this is a man worth knowing. Worldly, a risk-taker, hands-on, likes a little leather, and isn't afraid of getting a little graphic (is it getting hot in here?). Jared paints the picture of his man-about-globe (starting with the herculean-scaled chevron wall that carries the vibe from entry to open-plan living/dining) with rugged woods and industrial metals.
But this is no typical bachelor pad, since Jared was careful to steer clear of all the typical traps. There's the Midas touches of that gold lamp and chandelier, the plush area rug, the mirrored side tables and upholstered, curvy headboard… all making the potential Mrs. About-Globe feel right at home, too.
What floorplan did you get and what was the square footage? One bedroom plus home office, 1,000 square feet.
What was your decorating budget? $10,000, all inclusive
Who's your fictional client/resident? A well-traveled bachelor who wants an easy maintenance apartment. Although a bachelor, he also wanted to incorporate design elements for his future female counterpart to enjoy and feel welcomed by.
What was your inspiration piece or first decision made? The pipe shelving. I wanted to bring an industrial feel into the space in combination with the clean bold chevron wall.
What was your biggest splurge? Why? The coffee table. It was the element in the space that set the tone for the organic, yet modern interior.
What "usual suspects" were on your shopping list? Etsy, Ikea, Pearl River, Ebay, West Elm.
What source will people find most surprising, given the budget? Sit Down NY. They are pricey, but having a few key pieces takes the less expensive items to the next level.
What were the biggest "builder basic" challenges in the unit? The amount of space to cover was the challenge for my unit. I had to spread the 10k throughout a living room, dining room, kitchen, office, bedroom and two bathrooms.
How did you decide what and where to paint? I utilized paint to create drama in the space, ie., the chevron. I also used paint on the ceiling to create more intimate spaces. The flow of paint was determined by the balance it would create within each space, as well as what accents/accessories would be put on the wall.
What's the one idea someone should steal from your design? That with a little time and creativity, and an inexpensive tool like paint, you can get a big look for a low cost.
Don't miss: The uplit wine box shelf; the newspaper wallcovering; the industrial and glamour mix.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: A balance of old and new, modern and organic, simple and complex. A style that combines all these elements seamlessly to allow people to appreciate the contrast between them — and enjoy the combination of them.
Inspiration: Function, travel, fashion and nature.
Favorite Element: Chevron feature wall.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was the budget, for the size and number of spaces that needed to be furnished.
What Friends Say: I make a dollar stretch further than anyone they know. They say I take a street find and combine it with other elements and create a million dollar look.
Biggest Embarrassment: Realizing the plumbing didn't work in the apartments AFTER consuming one too many beverages.
Proudest DIY: The newspapered bathroom walls — cheap, easy and endless hours of entertainment!
Biggest Indulgence: Pillows.
Best Advice: Define the feeling you want for the space at the beginning, and make sure to check in periodically throughout the design process to make sure the elements are speaking to that feeling.
Dream Sources: Moura Starr, Holly Hunt, Roche Bobois, Minotti
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• (All Benjamin Moore) Office and bedroom: Ozark Shadows
• Living room and dining room: Black Panther
• Chevron: Black Panther and Mountain Peak
LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM
• Bar Unit: Custom
• Dining Table: Ebay
• Side tables: West Elm
• Dining Chandelier: Custom
• Dining Chairs: Sit Down NY
• Coffee Table: Sit Down NY
• Shag Rug: Home Depot
• Pipe and reclaimed wood shelving unit: Custom
• Headboard: Etsy
• Birdcage chandelier: Custom
• Floor Mirror: Ebay
• Night Stand: Flea market
• Chaise: Ebay
• Desk: Thrift store, painted silver
• Wall paper: Bodie and Fou
(Images: Patrick J. Hamilton)
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