A Basement Apartment Turned Swank Space-Age Bachelor Pad

A Basement Apartment Turned Swank Space-Age Bachelor Pad

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Carrie McBride
Sep 13, 2014
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Project by: Ann Yu and Amber Tillman/AAID
Location: New York City

One of my good friends moved to New York earlier this year to pursue a new career and life in magical NYC so my design colleague and I wanted to kick off his fresh new start by transforming his dungeon-like 500 sq. ft. basement level apartment into a modern and space-aged bachelor pad. He gave us a budget of $10,000 to furnish the entire place (down to bathroom rugs and pots and pans) in two weeks and in the dead of winter.

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We sourced many of the pieces online via Craigslist, West Elm, CB2, and furniture stores located in NYC before we actually arrived in New York. We found an amazing discount warehouse run by Organic Modernism where we found some really beautiful pieces all for under $1,000 (yes that includes the awesome credenza and grasshopper lamp!).

But it was definitely a challenge as in someone would have to be at the apartment as these pieces were arriving and all would have to be stored before we arrived. Sometimes, we had to hire moving people to pick up Craigslist finds and take them back to the apartment. We had a "whatever it takes to have the right pieces" approach.

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In addition, without looking at many of these pieces in person, we really had to keep our vision and focus on what kind of space we were designing for Hai. The sofa which was purchased from A+G Merch was the focal point around which we sourced all other pieces. The rich blue tone of the sofa really went with the brick walls. We purchased the coffee table from Repop in Brooklyn - they have some amazing pieces there to mix n match vintage with new. The backlit lighting was designed and made diy by Amber as well as the canvas art in the bedroom which helped create warmth and texture in the small and cozy space.

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The space in general was soooo incredibly small, it was really tough trying to keep the sizes of all pieces in proportion so that nothing overpowered or looked out of place. In fact, in order to open the space more, we painted the ceiling a bright white (originally rusted out and silver). We wanted Hai to walk through the door every day and feel like he was on top of his game, super awesome: career, check! love life, check! mood lighting check! swanky pad, check! It's quite incredible what you can do with a small space and every piece counts.

(Image credit: Sam Leung)

Thanks, Ann and Amber!

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