Bryan’s “Comfortable & Stylish” Mid Century Cleveland Apartment
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Location: Gateway District — Cleveland, Ohio
My partner and I recently moved to Downtown Cleveland from San Francisco—my partner had a job opportunity that we simply couldn’t turn down. All of our San Francisco friends thought we were crazy. We were just excited to experience seasons and to stop paying apartment rents that were verging on the criminal. In the short time we have been here, we have experienced a Cleveland we didn’t expect—an extensive arts scene, amazing restaurants and new friends from all over the world.
We live in Downtown Cleveland. Our one bedroom apartment occupies the top floors of The Metropolitan at the 9 hotel. We are attracted to Mid Century modern pieces. We love the clean lines and utilitarian aspect of the style. When designing the space, I was inspired by one of my favorite photographers, Erwin Olaf. In 2007, he shot a set of photographs titled ‘Grief’. While the subject matter was sad, the Mid Century set design with tonal grays, low furniture and small pops of color was a great jumping off point to the apartments interiors. Also, the set design from the movie A Single Man proved to be a guiding force. To warm the space up, I added pops of burnt orange, gold and silver accents (I love the idea of mixed metals) and leather pieces.
My favorite space is the living/dining room, it’s comfortable and stylish at the same time. I’m not afraid to veg out or entertain in the space. It’s dual purpose—something that is so important in a small apartment. One of my favorite ‘moments’ in the apartment is my print wall of another favorite photographer, Annie Leibovitz. It showcases a lot of her famous and not-so-famous photographs spanning her career. With all the photographs grouped together it creates a strong impact on the long hallway wall and lends to the clean lines of the Mid Century modern space.
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