House Call: Eli's "Cold War Dream"

House Call: Eli's "Cold War Dream"

Aaron Able
Mar 13, 2009

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Name: Eli
Location: Upper East Side, NYC

My two bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan built in the 1950s. Rather than try to turn the bland box of my apartment into an imitation of pre-war grandeur, I decided to highlight the period in which it was built and turn the living room into a 'cold war dream'. In the dining foyer there are framed original Life Magazine issues from the 50s and 60s with cold war themes that I picked up from eBay. On the bookshelf (Thomas O'Brien from Target), there is 'USA Water' designed to withstand nuclear fallout made in the 50s and a model of the 'Fat Man' nuclear bomb. There is a framed poster of an ad in Scientific American on 'How to Survive a Nuclear War'. 50s paranoia is demonstrated in the foyer with Ray Gun prints from Sean Tubridy from Etsy over flying saucer lamps...

One of the biggest issues I had with the apartment was the construction quality of the building. The walls sagged and buckled and there were many construction beams protruding from one long wall in the living room. To cover that up, I used kitchen cabinet panels from IKEA (Nexus Medium Brown) and paneled the entire wall to make it smooth and even. I put bathroom tiles on one wall in the bedroom to add interest and cover the buckling. I also liked the sandy feeling of the wall so I painted the room a soft blue to give the sense of sand and sea. There is a small photo of my beach home in Montauk on one of the shelves in the bedroom to remind me of my time at the Ocean (Trig shelf from CB2).

The TV Room is filled with robots, which started with the first robot lamp I bought from Urban Outfitters. After I finished the room I saw a post on Uplggd showing off the lamp and claiming that you can't have too much robot decor. I agree!

All of the furniture and accessories are from sources relied upon by AT readers: IKEA, Target, CB2, Crate & Barrel, Bo Concept, Urban Outfitters.

Thanks, Eli!

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