Name: David Epstein & Wade Tajerian
Location: West Village — New York, New York
Size: 1,250 square feet
Years lived in: 8 — owned
The calm and collected West Village apartment of David and Wade was only accentuated by the overcast weather on the day of our visit. Though it was gray and rainy outside, David was kind enough to let us kick off our rain boots and walk us through their sophisticated and whimsical pre-war home.
As the dashing and hilarious personality behind the celebrity gossip webshow, The Epicenter, David Epstein’s wit and charisma can be seen both online and in his home. Tranquil wall colors, a subdued velvet couch and a combination of the upscale and unpretentious allow for the couple’s favorite, quirkier accessories to take center stage.
Using the sage advice of his friend, interior designer Steven Gambrel, Epstein has clearly invested in several handsome statement-making furniture pieces, but it’s the confident approach to the details that make the apartment so personal. Unique art pieces and humorous treasures found in Sag Harbor and the couple’s Manhattan neighborhood add unpredictable surprises in each room.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic, cocktail living.
Inspiration: Visually, I’d be lying if I didn’t say Mad Men has had an influence. Also, there are a few elements that are 1970’s/ Laverne and Shirley inspired – such as the cabinet under the TV in the office area.
Favorite Element: Probably my vintage USA Campaign Desk from the Korean War [in the entry-way], which was stripped down to reveal the aluminum – I just think this piece is so cool. I also love the antique Chinese chair I inherited from my Grandmother’s house, which has a tush print from when I sat on it in a wet bathing suit as a child.
Biggest Challenge: To live in a Pre-War building is always a battle. We love to entertain but parties in August are nearly impossible, as the apartment just doesn’t get cool enough. Not being able to control the heat, not having a garbage disposal… I would definitely say Pre-War living is always a bit of a challenge.
What Friends Say: My friends always remark that the apartment is constantly changing – and they ask me why I spend so much time on it!
Biggest Embarrassment: Probably that my work desk is a wobbly dining room table that I couldn’t sell. Also, the suicide of one of my fish. Why would he do that?
Proudest DIY: I’m not a craftsperson, but I would say my proudest DIY would be my terrariums on the dining room table and bathroom window sill.
Biggest Indulgence: We are trying to morph from focusing on cocktails to more dinner parties – and purchasing the Dunbar dining table was a step in that direction.
Best Advice: My best advice is to take risks. I love whimsy in an elegant home and it’s so important to have the confidence to add some humor. Your home should 100% represent you and I truly believe a joyful home can help you have a better day.
Dream Sources: Sage Street Antiques in Sag Harbor, wellNEST, Wyeth, JED in Sag Harbor, Ruby Beets, End of History in the West Village, Mxyplyzyk, Historic Materialism, Walmart in Riverhead
Resources of Note:
• Dining table: Dunbar
• Blue vases: End of History in the West Village
• Chair near the window: garage sale in Bridgehampton
• Cake stand: John Derian
• Hilary Clinton Nut Cracker: Mxyplyzyk
• Wall Aquariums: Mxyplyzyk
• Credenza under the television: Craigslist
• Majority of the scientific objects: Sage Street in Sag Harbor
• Pencils on the desk: JED in Sag Harbor
• Couch: Steven Gambrel
Thanks, David and Wade!
Images: Mat Sanders
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