Name: Oliver (graphic designer), Sherrie, & Cookie (4yr old Pekingese)
Location: Bronx, New York
Size: 525 square feet
Years lived in: Under 2 years; Rented
After living and volunteering abroad, Oliver and Sherrie had to start their home from scratch. Their experience in a third world country had a big influence on the way they approached furnishing their apartment. After witnessing disadvantaged families cherish what little they had and realizing how much goes to waste in NYC, every effort was made to rescue and recycle what have now become the couple’s most cherished pieces.
Oliver and Sherrie were unfamiliar with the neighborhood when they first moved in, but were pleasantly surprised to find they settled into a midcentury gold mine. Many of the pieces in the home were lucky curbside finds, and every piece holds a story of how they either came across it, repaired it or transported it to its current location. Thanks to their creative backgrounds, Oliver was able to turn a set of pallets into a deck for their balcony and Sherrie was able to re-upholster all their seating cushions.
It was important to the couple to keep the space minimal and bright, as it only had one source of natural light, the balcony door. Their love of travel and culture is subtly hinted in the various art and sculptures throughout the home with African, Asian and Native Canadian influences. Their own artistic contributions round out the collection. Its also no surprise that the couple have opted out of having a TV in their home, as their adorable, energetic pekingese is a constant source of entertainment!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Vintage Modern.
Inspiration: We are inspired by the things we find as well as NYC, our travels, vintage shops, flea markets, Irving Harper, and Kalipay Negrense Home.
Favorite Element: The high ceilings and spiral staircase.
Biggest Challenge: Getting furniture upstairs. The mattress was a killer!
What Friends Say: "You got that where?!"
Biggest Embarrassment: The ugly AC vent and the mess inside our closets!
Proudest DIY: The slatted deck on the balcony –Oliver. All the re-upholstery on the mid-century chairs –Sherrie.
Biggest Indulgence: Our dog, Cookie.
Best Advice: Be resourceful, but take time to inspect and clean secondhand items before bringing them into your home. We've been extremely lucky with our finds, but not everything is worth taking!
Dream Sources: Knoll, MoMa Store, WhiteTrashNYC, DwellStudio
Resources of Note:
- HELLO Art - J.Heloise
- Foot Stool - Found
- Bench - Craigslist
- Round Dining Table - DIY (Top - Craigslist, Base - Curb Rescue)
- Ikea Dining Chairs - Curb Rescue
- Rocker - Thrifted
- Lounge Chair, Record Cabinet, Mid Century Chairs, End Table - Curb Rescue
- Fabric for upholstery - Ikea clearance bin
- Wood Monkey Sculpture - Philippines
- Coffee Table - Craigslist
- Framed Native Canadian Art - Ebay
- Throw pillows - Ikea / CB2 / Handmade
- Ikea Couch - Craigslist
- Steelcase Chairs & Ikea Desk - Curb Rescue
- Ikea Bedframe, CB2 Filing Cabinet, Mid Century End Tables, Bench - Craigslist
- 3-drawer Dresser, Vases - Thrifted
- Kokeshi Dolls - Ebay / Fleamarket
- Raffia Linen Tray - Chiang Mai
- Wood Boar / Carabao - Philippines
Thanks, Oliver & Sherrie!
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(Image credits: Sherrie U.)