Great Wall Coverings on the Waterfront

Great Wall Coverings on the Waterfront

Jill Slater
Jul 25, 2012

Location: 4540, Long Island City, Queens, New York
Size: 4 one-bedroom model units

This is the second part of a two-part series on Long Island City model units sourced and designed by Scott, whose work has previously been featured on Apartment Therapy here and here. These units are more modern and playful as opposed to the more traditional style of the first unit. And what's best about each of these apartments is their walls!

Scott focused his budget and attention on making these spaces come alive through their walls. Rather than white boxes, these apartments are colorful and fun jewel boxes. Whether it's striking paintings or photographs, patterned wallpaper, collaged wallpaper, or great views, every wall has its own story. Using mostly inexpensive furniture and more expensive wallpaper, Scott created sophisticated rooms with the biggest bang for his buck.

Often people spend all their money and energy on the furniture layout and what to do with all their stuff, only to leave the walls utterly bare. Walls are often neglected and relegated to "I'll get to those when I have time." These great rooms should inspire making the walls your top priority! The results are stunning and truly transformative.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Style: Eclectic — I love anything from playful to modern to traditional.

Inspiration: I usually try to start with one to two pieces I want to use, and design the apartment around them. For the model units here, I tried to stay more modern, responding to the architecture and design of the building.

Favorite Element: I love painting the ceiling a striking color. Even if the apartment is just a white box, changing the ceiling can make a huge impact. I also like using wall coverings in bathrooms, entry foyers and on accent walls. There are so many great wall coverings out there, you would be surprised how quickly you can transform a space. In these apartments I also worked with a number of local artists to both create works and get works on loan. For those with creative leanings, working with another artist on pieces for your apartment can be a very personally rewarding process.

Biggest Challenge: Having fun with the unit but also being practical to show people all the various options they can do with the space.

What Friends Say: Most people are surprised at the range and difference between each unit. I'm most curious about what elements people are drawn to and why.

Biggest Embarrassment: When staging apartments, there are always some pieces — even though I selected carefully — that just don't fit or work right in the space. If you move a lot, selecting small scale furniture is your best bet for getting the longest life out of your pieces.

Proudest DIY: When it became too costly to print an artist's photograph in a large format, I divided the piece into many small pieces and hung it as a segmented work. It looked great and made such a large piece much more affordable.

Biggest Indulgence: Wall coverings! Between the paper and the installation, it adds up, but makes such a great visual impact.

Best Advice: Edit what you have and don't over clutter your space.

Dream Source/Resources: Cole & Son wallpapers never disappoint.



    • Sofa/chairs: CB2
    • Rug: CB2
    • Lamps: Room & Board
    • Accessories: CB2/West Elm/Ikea
    • Bed: CB2
    • Rug CB2
    • Bedding Ikea
    • Art Work Jesse Winter based in Long Island City
    • Paint Color: Benjamin Moore 769 I Dream I Can Fly


    • Wallpaper: Maharam alphabet 397710
    • Ceiling Paint Color: Benjamin Moore 769 I Dream I can Fly
    • Shower Curtin: CB2

DINING ROOM with Painting
• Artwork: Uprise Art collector program
• Dining Table: Room & Board
• Dining Chairs: Wisteria
• Accent Pillows: Room & Board
• Rug: Flor
• Wallpaper in hallway: Arte Maison Hexagon


    • Ceiling Paint Color: Benjamin Moore AF-660 Granite
    • Wallpaper: (three styles combined) Arte Maison Raven 42150/60/70
    • Bar Stools: Bludot
    • Sofa: Bludot
    • Accent Pillows: Crate & Barrel

    • Paint color: Benjamin Moore 445 Greenwich Village
    • Beds: Room & Board
    • Bedding: Serena & Lily

    • Sofas: Corb LC2
    • Cadenza: USModular

Thanks, Scott!

(Images: Jill Slater)

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