sneak peek: jeff bellantoni and kim westad


in our continued look at some of the homes of professors at pratt, today we have a sneak peek into the home of graduate communications design chair jeff bellantoni. he and his wife, ceramist kim westad, along with their pit-mix maddy, live in this attached 3-story 1950s brick house located in the pelham bay/country club section of the bronx. they describe their residence as consisting of mostly modern furnishings, mixed with vintage and hand-crafted pieces, and of course the required low-end but functional IKEA. click here for more, full-sized images, and you can find all our fabulous sneak peeks right here. [thanks, jeff and kim!] anne

[above: Back Yard Patio: vintage wood/aluminum lawn rockers discovered in our Grandmother’s basement]

CLICK HERE for the full sneak peek (and all the images on one page) after the jump!

Ikea leather couch that now belongs to our pit Maddy; Ikea rug; Italian decanters and Kim Westad Whirl Bowl sit on leather Inlay antique cabinet; Glass piece hanging in corner hand made by David Bellantone

Living Room: Jasper sofa from Room and Board; Vintage orange leather bench from salvage; Vintage Porcelain lamp left by previous owner; Round metal wire chair discovered in our Grandmother’s basement, painted and covered in new fabric; Takashi Murakami pillows (swag from the Pratt Legends Dinner); Charlie Harper print; Nelson ball clock


Dining Room: Basque dining table from Crate and Barrel; George Nelson Saucer Lamp; Miles leather dining chairs from Room and Board; Metal School Chair rescued from Salvage (lone chair in corner); Painting by Clint Jukkala


Hallway leading to kitchen: Subway sign; Pendant lamp-LIghts Up from Velocity; Ikea kitchen cabinets


Upstairs landing, peak into office: Joseph Muller-Brockmann poster; vintage London Underground subway map; various faucet handles; Letter G is vintage signage from 1950’s era parking garage now demolished; chair in office is an a vintage 70’s studio art chair


View from stairs into living room and front door: Pendant lamp-LIghts Up from Veolcity; two small stacked Rachael Austin paintings and photo of our old Brooklyn neighborhood are on the wall


Kitchen: vintage coffee cups on IKEA rack; Russell Wright serving piece sits on microwave; various cookbooks, etc.

  1. I am so in love with te furishings in L-O-V-E with the furnishings in this S.P. and I spot 2 vintage items that I own, the orange bench and the green mug. It also reminds me that I need to find a hanging lamp for our dining room. Thanks for sharing your home.

  2. wow! the first part of the first sentence came out all wrong

  3. Sarah says:

    Beautiful–I think I love every room shown here. I have been thinking about moving to the Bronx and I’m curious as to how the neighborhood is. Thanks!

  4. Fiona says:

    Love Kim Westad’s work. I have a pendant made by her and it’s so simple. No surprise that the house is elegant and inviting.

  5. Kristine says:

    I love the collection of cups! Wonderful selection of colors.

  6. kim says:

    i also spotted 2 things i own from these pics (white/blue mug and rachel austin painting.) your iron hoop chair is a standout! truly lovely home overall.

  7. alison says:

    love those outdoor chairs…looks like a project from Ready Made!

  8. Melissa says:

    What paint color is that in the dining room? I’ve been looking for a nice minty/grey-green-

  9. Melissa says:

    Sarah- I used to live in Pelham Bay Park in the BX and it was great- another nice neighborhood-y part is Morris Park. Great food and a really cute homey feel to it.

  10. Kate says:

    Thank you Design Sponge for all of the inspiration. This house is wonderful. I have been reading your blog everyday for several months now and I am an addict! Keep it up!

  11. kim westad says:

    thanks so much everyone!

    sarah- we’re really happy in the bronx. we were able to get more space with a small yard and our house is close to the water, so i can ride my bike to orchard beach and city island. it’s a longer ride to manhattan on the 6 train, but i get a lot more reading done now : )

    melissa- the color in the dining room is sparkling sage by valspar.

  12. My husband work for and they have amazing furniture. We have been going back and forth on which sofa to get and now I want the Jasper for sure! What a good looking place these guys have.

  13. I love (and of course secretly envy) all your pendant light choices – and that subway sign is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your home.

  14. Emily says:

    Lovely and simple!!

  15. Kathleen says:

    LOVE those patio chairs. Too cute. Now starting my quest for a pair…

  16. kate b says:

    i am LOVING these sneak peeks in pratt professors homes… why? because i’m a pratt student and its so interesting to see this personal side of the people i am learning from! what a wonderful simple yet cozy home.. lovely as usual

  17. ttishbite says:

    I have one of those Russell Wright serving pieces… I never know what to do with it. What was it used for?

  18. Sarah C. says:

    What a nice surprise this sneak peek was! I have a couple of kimwestad bowls from etsy and love them.

  19. Caroline in NC says:

    Love the wall color! Also, vintage furniture in living room.

  20. callie says:

    wow—i’m in the pratt grad communications design program, so this was especially fun for me to see. thanks for sharing!

  21. ellenville says:

    Lovely home, thanks for posting. I’m curious about the portrait in the living room – is that a painting or a print? It reminds me of Gerhard Richter. Would love to know source. Many thanks.

  22. Chelsea says:

    Sooo pretty! And I love your beautiful pit bull! She has the same goofy sit and pleading face as mine.

  23. jeff bellantoni says:

    ellenville–the portrait is a print on canvas ( it is a composition i created for kim using images taken in a photo booth.

  24. culturep0p says:

    I love Kim’s work. I’ve bought a couple of her pieces on Etsy. Check her out:

  25. elle says:

    i love how personal this home is – but i was really thrown off by the two flower pillows on the wire chair?? they didn’t seem to fit.

  26. I like all your design and i love this to add in my home

  27. Melissa says:

    Thank you for the paint color name, Kim. You have a gorgeous home!

  28. Jaybird says:

    I’d love to know about a couple of your paint selections: the green in your living room (the room w/the black leather couch) and the lavender in another room (wall w/’G’ and wall with hung mugs). Please share the colors/brands when you get a moment. Thanks!


Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.