Name: Andrew, Eric, and Graycie the cat
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Size: 680 square foot one-bedroom condo
Years lived in: 1
Eric "appreciates the end result" of having a hyper organized home, but he hates the process of getting there. Finding a place for everything, and then labeling the vessels that hold all these things is Andrew's talent and passion.
Andrew and Eric were one of the first people to buy a condo in this brand new building. They loved the idea of a completely clean slate and they really appreciated the lower closing costs, discounted buying price, and the great location.
To put the place together, Andrew did most of the scheming and designing, while Eric pounded the pavement in search of the perfect pieces to fulfill Andrew's vision and keep within their budget.
The apartment came with limited storage, so Andrew and Eric made up for the lack with wall units, credenzas and an impeccably efficient use of the space at hand. When all the drawers are shut and the closet doors are closed, their colorful accessories are what remains visible — no clutter nor the impression of being pressed for space. The result is a very bright, very open, very relaxing experience — a stress-free home.
Apartment Therapy Survey
Style: We like clean spaces, but we don’t want it to be too cold or austere. A modern frame with comfortable furnishings.
Inspiration: We really liked how white the apartment was. From there, we simply aimed to add pops of color without painting the walls.
Favorite Element: We love our multi-functional media space. We wanted to keep the television out of view, but we also needed to accommodate thousands of books, CDs, and office supplies. We wanted to showcase the things we wanted and to hide everything else!
Biggest Challenge: The most difficult thing is keeping the space clutter-free given the amount of “stuff” two people accumulate.
What Friends Say: “Can Andrew come to my place?”
Biggest Embarrassment: We absolutely hate our air conditioning units.
Proudest DIY: We really like the painted canvases that we did. This choice is somewhat tempered by the lengthy process involved — while painting them on the roof, one fell six stories to the roof of the warehouse next door. The wooden picture frames on the wall contain the first pages of our favorite books; it was a good way to incorporate our personalities in subtle ways. We also like the floating desk in the corner.
Biggest Indulgence: Our Rolly Table by the entryway. It was a bit expensive for its size and function but looks great.
Best Advice: If you hire out work, get a good contractor! Do your research and get references. “Two weeks” never means it will be done in two weeks.
Dream Source: Ikea (of course) simply because of its cost and its repurpose-ability, Jonathan Adler, Moss, Velocity Art and Design, Wonk (Williamsburg), Mood Fabrics in NYC
• Petrie leather armchair from Crate and Barrel
• Jasper sofa from Room & Board
• Credenza from Wonk (Williamsburg)
• Jake chairs from Room & Board
• Stockholm console table from Ikea
• Vapor Barstools from CB2
• Floating high shelves from Pottery Barn
• Picture Frames from Adorama
• “Boris” the green bird from A&G Merch (Williamsburg)
• Candlesticks from Rosanna Dauphine
• Metal #2 from Chelsea Market
• Metal Ampersand from Anthropologie
• Orange Lamp from Crate & Barrel
• Angle Lamp from Pier 1
• Wallpaper from Tempaper
• Rug from Crate & Barrel
• Floating Desk — DIY from Ikea shelf
• Entrance table from Rolly
• Parsons bed from Room and Board
• Chest of Drawers from Wonk (Williamsburg)
• Elfa closet from Container Store
• Chair from Door Store
• Fabric from Mood
• Barbara Hulanicki’s “Hulu” Wallpaper from Graham & Brown
• Floating high shelves from Pottery Barn
• Camera from Ugly Luggage (Williamsburg)
• Tall Giraffe from Jonathan Adler
To see even more of their home, check out Andrew and Eric Start Anew on the theKitchn.com
Images: Jill Slater
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