Ross and Patrick's Beach-Inspired City Home

Ross and Patrick's Beach-Inspired City Home

(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)

Name: Ross Garner and Pat Hicks
Location: Upper East Side — New York City, NY
Size: 700 Square Feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented

This carefully curated home reflects the love of a traditional, nautical style that Ross and Pat share. Making an effort to co-design their apartment helped them find a balance that resulted in a lovely and inviting home.

(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style:

Ross: We are always at the water and I think that it’s really apparent in our style. We find blue and whites to be very relaxing and refined. I tend to lean more towards a traditional style but I love throwing in pieces that are unexpected.
Pat: Relaxed and nautical with a young, vibrant flare.


Ross: My inspiration stems from what I think works best for us as a couple and what works best for entertaining, which we do as often as we can.
Pat: The beach. Ross and I both grew up near the water and have always been drawn to decor that is classic, bright, and nautical. We wanted to incorporate a lot of those elements into our apartment while still keeping it urban and fun.

Favorite Element:

Ross: The windows! The apartment is flooded with natural light. A little secret, none of the lamps are even plugged in — we don't need them!
Pat: The built-ins because I love how versatile they are. Not only do they provide us with extra storage and add character to the apartment, but they are also the perfect place to really showcase our personality. Ross and I have a lot of fun filling them with our favorite photos, books, and knickknacks.

Biggest Challenge:

Ross: Our building was originally a prewar hotel. While we love all of the features that have been preserved, the kitchen is small. We love cooking together but it's hard to fit both of us in there. I keep saying we should renovate the kitchen, and Pat keeps reminding me me can't do that in a rental.
Pat: Like most New Yorkers, we have a small kitchen. We have some great storage solutions utilizing the high ceilings but it is difficult having two people in there cooking at the same time.

What Friends Say:

Ross: As soon as I am done with one iteration of the apartment my mind starts spinning on what to change next. It’s safe to say something it always changing.
Pat: Are there any openings in the building?

Biggest Embarrassment:

Ross: I can never decide on bedding. Duvets come and go more often than I would care to admit.
Pat: Ross's monogram. When we were unpacking the apartment I realized everything he owns has his initials on it. Guest are usually drinking out of a JRG glass and placing it on a JRG coaster. I’m slowly working on balancing it out.

Proudest DIY:

Ross: We needed new nightstands and went to Pinterest for ideas. We came across the “Ikea Rast Hack” and decide to give it a shot. We were both responsible for our respective nightstands. Needless to say, Pat isn’t the handiest so he needed a little help. In the end it was extremely fun and definitely worth a try!
Pat: We did an Ikea Hack on a set of nightstands that came out looking great. I’m admittedly not the handiest and was intimidated by the project, but the end result looks great and we saved a ton of money.

Biggest Indulgence:

Ross: I love coffee table books! I can’t stop buying them. They are perfect for decor ideas and for decor itself.
Pat: The dining table. When we moved in it took us a long time to find a table that fit well from both a size and style perspective. When we finally found this table the apartment really turned into our home. We take the time every night to sit and eat together before the phones come out and Netflix marathons start.

Best Advice:

Ross: When you move in with someone, don’t go to sleep with boxes still unpacked. Moving is one of the most stressful experiences a couple can go through together. We made it a point to not go to bed until every box was unpacked, art was on the walls, and we felt at home.
Pat: Collaborate. When two people move in together it's important to make sure both personalities and styles are represented. Don't be afraid to be honest about that rug you hate. It will feel more like home if you make decisions together.

Dream Sources:

C Wonder (RIP). I miss their home section which was well-curated at a great price point. When my boss and I heard the store was closing, we ran to the Columbus Circle store and purchased everything from monogrammed trays to the store's furniture. The navy velvet slipper chairs in the living were bought from the store’s floor when it closed.



•Entry table (above): Benjamin Moore 805 New York State of Mind (high-gloss)
•Dining room chairs: ebony wood stain (high-gloss)
•Nightstands: Behr 8300 Stealth Jet (high-gloss)
•Bedroom: Benjamin Moore 1632 Glass Slipper (eggshell)
•Bathroom: Benjamin Moore 514 Flowering Herbs (matte)
•Kitchen: Benjamin Moore 179 Honeywheat (semi-gloss)
(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)
(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)


(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)


  • Drop-leaf table: antique (perfect for dinner for 2 but easily expands for dinner parties of 8)
  • Chairs: antiques from Hunters Alley (RIP)- they arrived looking very rustic so we sanded and re-stained them in a high-gloss black.
  • Ashes and Snow print: Gregory Colbert

(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)


  • Mason jars: Ball
  • Ralph Lauren Mandarin Blue china: Macy's
  • Shoe butter dish: Jonathan Adler

(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)


(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)


• Q- Tip holder: former Dipytque Feu De Bois candle

• Soap: Sabon Patchouli Lavender Vanilla

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