When William Cullum, senior designer for Jayne Design Studio, and his partner Jeffery Rhodes were leaving their East Village apartment and eyeing a new spot on University Place, they didn’t quite imagine being directly across the street from the office. They wanted a prewar studio and this 1929 apartment offered just the right amount of space with distinct rooms and vestibules, making it feel more spacious than a traditional studio – and also the opportunity for more decoration.
Cullum and Rhodes believe that if they love it, it will work into the greater context of their interior. To embrace this seemingly disparate collection of art and objects, Cullum devised a paint scheme that deceptively enlarged the apartment, giving each space its own character. All surfaces of the entry hall, including the moldings and ceiling, were washed in a deep blue, which gave the space a feeling of infinite depth. A vestibule connecting the entry hall and kitchen was painted an intense red, providing a defined transition. In contrast, the living room was painted a frothy lilac, a nod to the apartment of collectors Leo Lerman and Gray Foy.
A vintage Sisley advertisement and a resin goat, previously part of a Saks 5th Avenue store display and saved from the bin, offer a humorous greeting when entering the kitchen.
The entry hall has works by Sally King Benedict, Neil Gilks, Sarah Boyts Yoder, Tina Christophilis and Kevin Earl Taylor, among others.
Bash, the couple’s beloved cat.
A carved sunburst by Mike Diaz hangs above a mid-century Rosewood credenza. Below sits a McCarty Pottery clamshell which holds Bash’s collection of toys.
Our living room includes works by Aggie Zed, Michael Egan, Paul Richard, Mike Diaz, Tim Hussey, Beth Katleman, Helen Rice, Julia Cart, and RC Hagans.
Rhodes was adamant that the bathroom be painted Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shocking Pink, which contrasts perfectly with the original 1920s black and white tile. The shower curtain was digitally printed from an antique marbleized paper document. The purple resin plaque of the Farnese Hercules was purchased by Cullum at the Sir John Soane Museum.
The refrigerator is collaged with favorite wallpaper samples and ephemera including drawings by Cullum’s five year old niece.