Name & Location: David in New York, New York
My Favorite Room: Bedroom
Specs: 115 square feet in a rental
Living in Manhattan usually means that you don't have a lot of space, so you have to make the most of what you do have. This basically dictated the layout of my bedroom. Also, I travel often for work, so I wanted to make sure my bedroom was as comfortable and relaxing as possible for the time I actually get to spend there.
The blue/green wall color and soft cowhide rug go a long way with this. The smaller pieces around the room reflect a lot of my travels and history: I have posters I picked up in Paris and Italy mixed with original watercolors I purchased on Etsy as well as drawings and artwork my father created when he was a teenager.
The sign letters come from trips to Texas and the antlers are from Pennsylvania. I'm really interested in the stories of the items I surround myself with, so I like to have a personal relationship with almost every item in the room. I try to find vintage items whenever I can since those have a history of their own. Also, as a stage designer, I end up inheriting items from productions - both the ghost chair at the desk and arm chair by the shelves were onstage before becoming a part of my room.
My favorite items are the ones that have the most personal history - my uncle's toolbox that I use for desk storage, my father's drawing of James Dean, as well as his wood sculptures which are featured on the bookshelf. I also love my wall of postcards - it reminds me of how lucky I've been to travel and see so many things. Since I assembled it a few years ago, it's been slowly dismantling itself but I find a certain beauty in that, so I haven't tried to fix it.
- Wall color: Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore
- Duvet and shams: West Elm
- Rug: Ikea
- Bookcase (sprayed gold) and desk: Ikea
- Curtain fabric: Premier Prints