#30 - Vaso's Custom Tenement

#30 - Vaso's Custom Tenement

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 17, 2006

closet wall from main space

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Name: Vaso
Location: West Village, NY
Size: 350 s/f 1.5 bedroom apartment (rental)

Favorite resource:

The streets of New York! It is amazing what you can find and alter in order to make it yours. I also like flea markets, fabric stores, hardware stores, and ethnic stores. I have reupholstered every chair (which i have either found or bought in a flea market) in my apartment, made my own lamp shades, and found some great goat skins to use as accent pieces on my hardwood floors.

What inspired you?

The apartment is located on the second floor of a 6 story building, and has only natural light coming from the bedroom windows, as the other windows face brick walls. [more below]

brick wall from closet

...In order to provide storage and to allow light in the apartment, I built a closet to divide the bedroom with the 'living room' that has a top made out of lexan panels which spreads the light throughout the apartment. My main inspiration was my life as a child in Greece, which was surrounded by textures, light, colors, and comfort.

brick wall detail

Design Tip:

Don't be afraid to use a hammer! Expose brick walls, if you can.
Remove unnecessary doors to open up your space.

Use your friends' art to decorate your apartment. It makes it more homey.

Use floor lighting and dimmer switches on overhead lights.

closet wall from bedroom


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