Name:James Bolenbaugh Location: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York Size: 540 square feet, 1 bedroom Years lived in: 1 year; owned
It may come as no surprise that someone working in the movie industry would be surrounded by beautiful things, but James Bolenbaugh takes this beauty to a whole other level. Taught the skill of craftsmanship by his grandfather, James learned how to build by hand, appreciating the weathered look of refurbished wood rather than plastic veneers at a young age. To top it off, James has installed an envy-inducing movie projection screen, which descends from the ceiling, where he has also installed tin panels with his bare hands. James' DIY handcrafted touch is everywhere as we celebrate the anniversary of his Brooklyn home ownership — he moved in exactly a year ago today.
Q: We have just bought a home as is—i.e. with furniture included. Unfortunately, we and the previous owners don't share the same taste. While the furniture they've left is probably rather valuable, it's all very dark, metallic, and cold. Selling it all seems like a hassle, so we are wondering whether there might be some easy DIY ways to make the furniture look warmer/brighter/more rustic...
Name: Marina Valentina (4 months) Location: Lake Merritt —Oakland, California
As soon as we found out we were expecting a baby I picked up some great animal paintings from an artist at a local monthly street festival that I knew would be perfect for a boy or girl's room. From there, we knew we wanted a gender neutral, animal and multicultural theme and it still had to function as a guest room/daddy's closet since we live in a pretty small two bedroom apartment. I also wanted to include small nods to her mixed cultural background and places that we've visited. So far, it's been a room that all three of us enjoy spending time in!
Name: Alice Saunders of Forestbound and her pup, Maisey Location: Union Square; Somerville, MA Size: 380 square feet Years Worked in: 1.5 years; Rented
If you are getting "déjà pooch," it is because we toured the beautiful home of Maisey and her owner, Alice, earlier this month. Alice's innate style extends to all aspects of her life, so it seemed only fitting to escape to the thoughtful studio of her Massachusetts-based company, Forestbound—a workspace which combines practical minimalism with Alice's enviable vintage finds.
A stylist's home is the ultimate canvas. Freed from clients' constraints, these creative people choose objects and arrange their spaces, which ultimately reflect their personal philosophies about living. Learn what they have to say about the process and see how it plays out in their own homes.
Name: Francis Location: Hell's Kitchen; New York, NY Size: 560 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; rented Time Hosting on Airbnb: 3 Months
As a youngster growing up in Greece, Francis says that he was enchanted by Liza Minnelli's classic "New York, New York" - and always dreamed of living there. True to his dream, he became a professional ballet dancer, studied in Europe, and then finally packed two suitcases and a few thousand dollars and set out across the ocean.
Francis now lives in a dream apartment just a few blocks from Times Square, complete with a backyard barbecue and cozy outdoor breakfast nook draped in ivy. He's made some nuanced but jaw-dropping renovations to his rental home, and the effect is modern, expansive, and cozy.
Hanging art, layering rugs, applying wall decals, and all the rest is great, but when it comes planning for a nursery, you've got to start with a simple list. What do you need in a nursery? Here's our four point plan.