Brian & Riccardo’s Lower East Side Apartment

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Name: Brian, Riccardo, and dog Guga
Location: Lower East Side of New York City
Size: 780 square feet
Years lived in: 2 months

Last week we showed you Brian Petro’s Lower East Side studio and now you can tour his home shared with partner Riccardo and their dog Guga, a 6.5 year-old Labrador-chow mix. Riccardo loves modern design while Brian enjoys found objects and repurposed antiques.

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Brian enjoys old objects in both his home and his artwork. At the time of our tour, Brian and Riccardo had lived in their home for only 2 months, having recently relocated from DC. Brian and Riccardo love the tranquil, calming courtyard of the apartment building, which was built for WWII veterans. They also love living in New York city where anything is available and possible.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style: Modern, clean, earthy, and antique

Inspiration: Combining our tastes. Riccardo loves modern; Brian likes found and repurposed objects.

Favorite Element: Looking out the window every night and seeing the Empire State building — its color and the weather conditions are always different.

Biggest Challenge: No overhead lighting. We gave also gave away many things when moving from DC.

What Friends Say: Looks great but it’s small. Our friends from places with more space have different perspectives on real estate — in New York you don’t need 3-4 bedrooms because you’re out and about!

Biggest Embarrassment: The white appliances — but the apartment is a rental so we can do much about it.

Biggest Indulgence: We have two TVs so we can both watch what we want!

Best advice: Be kind, do want you want to do, follow your dreams, and don’t violate the legal rights of owners.

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Resources of Note:


    • artwork by Robert Rauschenberg – something Brian will never sell.
    • Greg Nina artwork in the hallway


    • bureau and sofa from Vastu (DC)
    • benches are 120-years old from Thailand
    • the round table is over 100 years old from Brian’s great-great-Aunt’s farm. Brian’s father stripped paint and refinished the table.
    • travertine coffee table ordered from Italy
    • painting by David Heroni (from New Orleans)
    • photograph by Christi Matthews (from DC/Virginia)


    • Vastu (DC) bed, stools, and side tables
    • desks both vintage: large one from Ruff ‘n Ready and small desk from a small store in Rehoboth, Delaware
    • Brian’s artwork by bed; Riccardo’s photographs above the desk


    • Joanna Kent paintings
    • houses on shelf from Rio de Janeiro


    • Brian made the ceramic mugs.
    • Candelabra pre-1900 from a Philadelphia antique store
    • planters from a Grammercy flower shop

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Thanks, Brian & Riccardo!

Images: Rachael Grad