Preston Bailey & Theo Live Twice as Well

Preston Bailey & Theo Live Twice as Well

Jill Slater
Jul 14, 2010

Name: Preston Bailey and Theo
Location: Gramercy Park
Size: 1000 square feet alcove studio (Preston), 600 square feet studio (Theo)
Years lived in: 33 years (Preston), 2 years (Theo)

Preston and Theo live together but happen to have the convenience of two distinct locations. Preston lives in 16c and Theo is in 16g. Rather than the typical route to a shared residence, Theo decided to grab a serendipitously vacated rental unit down the hall from Preston a couple of years ago.

Now, they sleep in one apartment, work in their respective homes, and sometimes host cocktail parties that spill into both. The common hallway of their building's 16th floor has become more of an internal hallway for Preston and Theo. Neighbors have grown accustomed to seeing them zip back and forth in their underwear!

Complicated living arrangements aside, when it comes to decor, Preston — event planner for the rich and famous, and Theo — singer and composer, prefer simplicity. Preston looked to Vicente Wolf for a overhaul of his rental apartment of 30 years and Theo looked to Preston. The goal for each was a home that felt more rugged than precious — one that was comfortable but still created a bit of a thrill.

Apartment Therapy Survey

Preston: Modern eclectic design by Vicente Wolf
Theo: Modern eclectic by Vicente Wolf and 60's Vintage

Preston: Light and sun
Theo: Openness

Favorite Element:
Preston: 6 large windows with breathtaking view of sky.
Theo: It is all about windows, light and that view!

Biggest Challenge:
Preston: Not enough closet space. But isn't that a complaint for most New Yorkers?
Theo: Storage space is tight.

What Friends Say:
Preston: Your spaces are so comfortable and welcoming.
Theo: It looks like a garden in here!

Biggest Embarrassment:
Preston and Theo: The building's common hallways

Proudest DIY:
Preston: I hung modern chandeliers that I had originally created for my event design business. I think they make a fantastic statement in my home.
Theo: I am proud to feature my own artwork and collages in the apartment.

Biggest Indulgence:
Preston: I own two professional racing bikes.
Theo: The floor to ceiling mirror

Best Advice:
Preston: I believe in creating a home that is practical, durable, and welcoming. I want to live in a space where you don't have to ask guests to take off their shoes, unless they actually want to.
Theo: Nothing on the walls allows for the eye to wander and the mind to penetrate walls

Dream Source:
Preston: Sun and sky, all morning and day
Theo: Sun late afternoon with view of New York LIfe Insurance Building and Empire State Building


    • Preston: Sofas chairs, tables and beds all from VW home. (Vicente Wolf showroom)
    • Theo: Sofa, coffee table, chairs VW Home, desk from Design within Reach

For more details on Preston and Theo's kitchen(s), stay tuned on The Kitchn.

Images: Jill Slater

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