Name: Bevin & David Early
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Size: Apartment 1,350 square feet, Warehouse/Garage 1,550 square feet
Years lived in: 4
We like to think that Bevin and David share beginnings with legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel, who for decades have spent much of their modest income building an impressive collection of modern art. Both couples buy affordable pieces from unknown artists (some of whom become friends), and live for years with the art they love.
Few could function like the Vogels, however, in a cramped New York apartment, with barely room to walk for all the pieces they acquire. David and Bevin, on the other hand, manage a gallery-like feel with light walls and spare furnishings which let the art speak without distraction. It's a joy to move around their space and take in their point of view.
Much of their furniture is either secondhand, or built by David; the expansive garage doubles as his workshop and storage for found objects. In addition to his day job, and running Snowflake/Citystock (their gallery downstairs) with Bevin, he plans to start selling some of his pieces in the near future.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: minimal mod design (contemporary or vintage) mixed with worn/old items.
Inspiration: Friends apartments (artists and junk shoppers, too many to name). International Style, all founders and contributors.
Favorite Element: Windows, lots of light. Being off the street living on a second floor.
Biggest Challenge: Not having enough time to make ideas a reality.
What Friends Say: Day job friends, "Um.....? O.K." Regular friends, "Yeah"
Biggest Embarrassment: Spending a ton of time on rehab projects and not having time to take care of our place.
Proudest DIY: Learning to mud and tape (drywall).
Biggest Indulgence: collecting lamps and fans (knowing I'll never have the time to clean/repair use)
Best advice: Better to go a little over budget rather than going cheap on rehab projects.
Resources: wood blocks - Bevin Early, hallway bench and DJ table - David Early, photo/collage above mantel - Jamie Kreher, photo + glasses in office - Martin Morehouse, painting in dining room - David Linneweh, screenprint in kitchen - Coby Ellison, collage in bedroom - Leslie Mutchler, painting in hallway - Grant Miller, painting/sculpture of man by turntable - Brian Reckamp
Thanks, Dave & Bevin!
Images: Ann Manubay, Dabney Frake