This Home Has the “Cozy Feeling of a Full Bookcase” Without the Busy Look

published Jan 19, 2024

This Home Has the “Cozy Feeling of a Full Bookcase” Without the Busy Look

published Jan 19, 2024
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“We found our Greenwich Village apartment the best way possible: by accident,” begins Dan Mazzarini, the founder and creative director of BHDM Design and ARCHIVE. “Long story short, we walked into this building and asked if they had any rental units, and while they didn’t, they had one unit for sale … and the rest is history.”

Credit: Adam Macchia

Mazzarini says the best part of this apartment unit is the views and the light from the windows: “[W]e get beautiful dappled light, and views of the Empire State Building. It’s a very bright apartment, which we love.” Mazzarini says he loves the character of old buildings, and this apartment built in the 1920s is full of charm, including the “original wood-burning fireplace, which we kept.”

Credit: Adam Macchia

Of course, the sale wasn’t the end of this home’s story; Mazzarini and his partner, Andy Grover, the co-founder of Tend, took on a year-long renovation of the space, which Mazzarini describes as a real “before.”

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“[T]he space needed major structural and system updates. Plumbing, electrical, lights, kitchen, bath, floors, closets … really everything. My goal (as designer) was to add character back into the space. I used trim details and doors that felt like the character of the building (if a little updated … ).”

Credit: Adam Macchia

“From a plan perspective, we demoed a wall that made a second bedroom, to make a more open living and dining area: one bedroom was plenty for two guys and one dog,” he continues. “The result is a better, bigger living space — just how we like to live.”


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  • Console — Chairish
  • Lamp — Aero
  • Art — Paris Flea Market, Richard Phibbs, Robin Rice Gallery
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  • Rug — Misha Carpets
  • Sofa — Custom
  • Large Side Table — Vintage
  • Metal Side Table — Vintage West Elm
  • Chairs — Chairish
  • Side Table at Chairs — Vintage Beall and Bell
  • Floor Lamp — Visual Comfort
  • Small Art — Cody Barber
  • Baskets — Michael McGuire
  • Bookshelf Picture Art — Xiamo Miao
  • Round Table — Vintage
  • Lamp — Harrods
  • Black Pottery — Andy Bissonette
  • Walls — Benjamin Moore “Intense White”
  • Trim — Benjamin Moore “Chantilly Lace”
Credit: Adam Macchia


  • Table — Vintage Chairish
  • Chairs — eBay and Reupholstered
  • Light — France and Sons
  • Art — Michael McGuire
  • Column — Josh Greene for Dowel
  • Bust — Chairish
Credit: Adam Macchia


  • Lamp — Thomas O’Brien
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  • Side Table — Beall and Bell
  • Grasscloth Wallcovering — Innovations
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  • Tile — Waterworks

Thanks, Dan and Andy!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.