Name: Ross Weiner and his dog, Jak
Location: Midtown West, Manhattan, New York
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; own
Walking into Ross's Midtown apartment, a visitor is immediately struck by a sense of space as well as style. For a 1,000 square foot apartment, the rooms all feel so light, airy and spacious. It is no accident that the space takes on this quality. Ross, being a creative person, one with clear vision for aesthetic and layout, took an existing space and over the span of only 5 months transformed it by removing walls and brightening it with paint, well proportioned furniture and playful accents.
In a city where a spacious entry hall is a rarity in an apartment of this size, Ross's home has a comfortable place to enter the home and get acquainted with him, the space, and his adorable little pup, Jak. The square footage is no waste of space; the room transitions into the apartment and very quickly introduces you to Ross's easygoing but sophisticated sense of style.
While Ross works in a creative environment, as an assistant at a talent agency in a theatre department, he is able to fully utilize his creative side when working on his home, or the homes of friends who seek his advice and assistance for their spaces (understandably so!) .
Just as a person's personal style changes over time, so too have Ross's home and his sources of inspiration. A mix of pieces from estate sales, travels, and Craigslist, together with new pieces, allows his fun, outgoing personality to show through in the way he presents his home. Ross is inspired by travel (currently with Miami on the mind), time periods such as the the 20s Art Deco movement, and his own personal life (a board in the kitchen displays photos that represent the last year in images). Inspiration is also found right here at home, in New York, a place where style is so diverse and where you can see the beauty in so many different aspects of the city.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Cozy Modern.
Inspiration: Art Deco, Elle Décor, Apartment Therapy, hotels I've stayed in.
Favorite Element: The kitchen — we gutted the entire apartment and changed an existing walk in closet to make the kitchen double the size it was before, so it was actually usable.
Biggest Challenge: Dealing with all of the concrete beams on the ceiling! It made it a bit difficult for furniture placement. When I looked at the apartment (the last of 35 apartments we looked at) with my agent, Alyx Kilian, the only thing that I was worried about was making the beams on the ceiling work. I needed the living space to function as a living room, dining space, and workspace. This was the largest place I found within budget and in the area I wanted to be in, so the beams were just going to have to work!
What Friends Say: They walk in and automatically feel at home. It's clean, but not to the point where you feel uncomfortable. I love to have people over, so it was important to me to be able to have a space that's really inviting.
Biggest Embarrassment: The size of the bathroom!
Proudest DIY: Not much of a DIYer, although I wish I was, but I did put together a great bulletin board with pictures I took my first year living in NYC. It's nice to look at and reflect on how life has changed in such a short amount of time.
Biggest Indulgence: The Desiron stools in the kitchen. They were a huge splurge, but I couldn't find anything else that had the same lines that these had. They're also really comfortable, and the orange fabric has a blue underlay that really ties in the drapery.
Best Advice: Don't be afraid to not stick to one design plan. I found peace with mixing old and new, as well as different styles.
Dream Sources: I could buy everything at Desiron and ABC home. If only my budget allowed that...
Resources of Note:
• Bookcase: Boca Grande (NYC)
• W filled with bouncy Balls: MERCH in Williamsburgh
• Books: Taschen
• Rug: ABC Carpet
• Painting: Estate Sale
LIVING ROOM / DINING ROOM
• Sofa and Setee: Custom, fabric from Zarin
• Desk: Antique, from an auction
• Star Lamp: Olde Good Things
• Chairs: Bobby Berk Home
• Dining table, Chairs, Tv console:
• LOVE ME painting by Curtis Kulig
• Rug: Restoration Hardware
• Stools: Desiron
• Tables at the ends of the sofa: Antiques from Auction
• Coffee Table: Room and Board
• Bar Cart: Restoration Hardware
• Chandelier: Artemide
• Tiles: Ann sacks
• Appliances: Kitchen Aid
• Countertops: Caesarstone
• Cabinets: Armstrong
• Sink: Kohler
• Lighting: Lighting by Gregory
• Bed: Restoration Hardware
• Bedside table: Room and Board
• Bedside lamps: Jonathan Adler
• Dresser: Crate and Barrel
• Shades: The Shade Store by Dwell
• Tiles: Porcelanosa
• Sink and Vanity: Restoration Hardware
(Images: Liana Walker)
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