In John’s Lower East Side apartment, the living area mixes textures and rough-hewn finds to strike the perfect lived-in look. The ottoman is made from a vintage boat fender. The large mirror is early-20th-century French, and the photograph, Golden Screen, is by Jack Pierson.
We love how the gentle curves of the furniture arms, pouf, and branches balance the rougher textures in the room.
An assortment of unique chairs take their place along a wall in John’s living room. A trio of a 1907 folding metal camp chair, an antique Dutch burlap-upholstered chair, and a 1930s French park chair from Rooms & Gardens proves that varying shapes and scales can be beautifully harmonious. The fin de siècle shipping barrel is from John’s eponymous shop.
In the entry, John papered pages from old books with the simplest of materials—Elmer’s Glue and water. Using the aged paper in the small, utilitarian space imparts a romantic, warm vibe upon entering. An 1850s American tilt-top table holds an anonymous 1870s oil painting, Sand Dunes.
Library meets eating area in John’s dining room. An 1820s American table is paired with shelves made from antique floorboards. The 1920s Italian sconce is from Joanne Rossman, and the c. 1900 mirror is from Paula Rubenstein. We’re so inspired by John’s choice to fill the room with warm wood tones and open display shelving, all of which create charm, not clutter.
On the other side of the dining room, an 1860s American cupboard is filled with both the necessary (vases, pitchers, glasses ) and the quirky (apothecary bottles, coral, mercury glass). It’s a great lesson in trusting your instincts to fill your home with the things you love.
In John’s muted bedroom, an antique iron bed is dressed with a vintage ticking pillow from Paula Rubenstein and an Elsa C. quilt from John’s shop. Layers of the same tone on the bed (the linens), the dresser (the oversize sea sponge), and the butter-yellow side stool keep the room unified despite the eclectic nature of each piece.