This NYC Apartment Has a Delightfully Bold Dining Banquette

updated Mar 30, 2020

This NYC Apartment Has a Delightfully Bold Dining Banquette

updated Mar 30, 2020
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Homeowner Name: Benjamin
Interior designer: Jared Sherman Epps of JSE Interior Design
Location: New York, NY
Size: 1000 square feet
Years Lived In: 3 years, own

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Benjamin worked with JSE Interior Design to transform his two-bedroom West Village apartment into a sleek bachelor pad. “The goal was to create a masculine atmosphere complete with warm metals, carefully curated materials, furniture pieces, and artwork,” explains Jared Sherman Epps, the CEO and owner of JSE Interior Design (and who answered this house tour’s survey questions, below).

Before JSE Interior Design stepped in, the home’s design was mostly grays, browns, whites and as Benjamin describes, a bit “depressing.” After the redesign, he loves how colorful and vibrant his new home looks. “I enjoy entertaining and hosting dinner parties at the oversized dining table and new upholstered banquette,” describes Benjamin. “The mirrored wall above the banquette opened the space and makes it feel double the size. I also love lounging in my apartment with family and friends. The open design and comfortable furnishings make it the perfect space for relaxing with a soundtrack playing through the surround sound speakers.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Client’s Style: Masculine, unique, luxurious, bold, trendy

Inspiration: Masculine shapes, rich jewel tones, and the commissioned pop art triptych

Favorite Element: Living room coffee table set. These guys are strong and masculine and have an unexpected polished brass inside, which is exposed when the tables are pulled apart. They are great functionally and add an element of surprise and luxury to the space.

Biggest Challenge: Mix of metals. There was a desire to introduce brass metals into the apartment however some of the existing metal finishes of stainless steel and chrome were to stay. We made this work by cross pollinating metals throughout the apartment. The client loved the mix and felt relief that he isn’t bound to one metal finish moving forward.

Proudest DIY: Curating the multi-colored books for the walnut built-in and arranging them to create a stunning art installation and conversation piece.

Biggest Indulgence: The custom dining banquette was the biggest indulgence. The gray mohair-blend upholstery was pricey, but priceless for the space. It elevated the interior and created a luxurious space for entertaining.

What’s your best home secret? When curating a display make sure to leave space for the eye to rest. This allows the eye to appreciate individual items without getting overwhelmed and creates rhythm and interest.



  • Lazytime Sofa — Camerich
  • Jewel Return Swivel Chair — Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
  • I-Beam Steel Rectangular Side Table — Restoration Hardware
  • Henry sofa — West Elm  
  • Medina Hand-Knotted Rug — Horchow 
  • Black and white throw pillow — IKEA
  • Freda Bar Cabinet — Crate and Barrel
  • Chrisitian Lacroix Orchids Mascarade Throw Pillow — Horchow
  • Ikon Black and Brass Coffee Table and End Tables — Perigold
  • Art Triptych: By Artist Tim McAuliffe



  • Mitzi Reese Single Light 7” Wide Mini Pendant – Old Bronze –



  • Wallcovering: Cozy Embrace – Cotton w/ Ivory — ​Maya Romanoff

Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly listed the square footage as 900 square feet. It’s actually 1000 square feet. We’ve updated it to be more accurate.