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sneak peek: roland bello

by Amy Azzarito

Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami, photographer Roland Bello has called New York City home for the past 20 years. He currently lives in the Financial District and regularly shoots for magazines like Dwell and Martha Stewart Living. If you find yourself captivated by the Antropologie catalog, you have Roland to thank (or curse, depending on the state of your wallet!) — he created the look and feel of the catalog. Roland’s been able to translate that same layered, lush look to his own apartment. I love seeing a space that’s well-edited yet doesn’t feel minimal. Thanks, Roland!Amy A.

I’ve always gravitated toward ’60s/’70s style, but I also love practical, rough, raw and deconstructed pieces — so I’ve collected both types over the years and somehow, I’ve thrown it together and it worked. There’s never been any major design plan. I like going to flea markets and I’ll just see something I really like, and if I can think of a place for it in my apartment, then I buy it. Other times, I’ll be inspired by old photos of my childhood or just a random vintage photo that will spark an idea.

Image above: The bedding is practical and comfortable — it’s all from Target. The art on the shelf above the bed is a portrait of Andy Warhol by Christopher Makos paired with a vintage poster.

Image above: I’ve always liked Asian art and antiques. The dining table is made from an old Chinese door that I found in an antique store — I had the metal legs made for it.

Image above: We call this “the pitt” — it’s totally reminiscent of my childhood. I grew up with a sofa almost exactly like it. It’s extremely comfortable and practical.

Image above: I had a fantasy that I would wheel this around and serve tea to my guests — never happened, but I still like it.

CLICK HERE for more of Roland’s New York City apartment!

Image above: This was a tricky, long narrow space. Initially, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I decided to turn it into a home office area. I had a plank of reclaimed wood cut to size and placed it on custom-made sawhorses (they needed to be narrow as well) — perfect office space for two.

Image above: The lamp was a gift from my friend Theo — very special.

Image above: The wall behind the sofa is papered in ’70s vintage wallpaper bought at Second Hand Rose.

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  • There are so many good things happening in this space! That couch looks nap-ready…and that wallpaper is so perfect. Majorly jealous in CA.

  • I love the couch! I am looking for something with clean lines and my husband wants comfort. This looks like the perfect compromise.

  • Iwe been following DS mainly for sneak peeks and this is the only time I comment.
    I can realy feel that somebody is living here.This is so elegant,simple like some peace of wordrobe that isnt flashy but fits You perfectly.

  • Ahhh..
    That vintage poster in the first pic. is from my favourite museum – Louisiana in Humlebæk (Denmark).
    Everything in that picture could be danish – spot on!

  • I’m such a fan of Roland’s interiors photography, and it’s a real treat to see the inside of his own home. I love how warm and soft all of the colors are — so sunny and comforting. Thank you for sharing!

  • I’m loving the wall color. Very sophisticated. Any chance you’d be willing to share?

  • Looks great! Two questions: where would I look/research to have table legs made? I have an old door that might make a great table. Question two: are the kitchen cabinets Ikea? If not, what brand? Thanks!

  • What exact woord colour are the kitchen cabinets? What do you think is the best colour for the kitchen to varnish to give an urban, cool industrial look? Thanks

  • Having a double desk space is smart: one can work on computer and not monopolize the desk. Where are the chairs from? Good-looking work chairs have been chased away by ugly ones and are hard to find.

  • I love all of the sculpture around the house, I love the time period you are embracing, but I wish that wallpaper in the living room stopped before the beam above it.

  • I have the same exact couch, orange, that design, that couch (well, mine is missing a part, but I still LOVE it). Two very similar leather chairs to the one in the narrow hall like area only mine both have ottomans . And a record player that looks like what I believe to be a record player in your house. I like how you have arranged it all, mine needs some work on making the space a little more functional.

  • I love the dining table and the lamps above it, the warm colors of the apartment and big windows with nice trims and the large floor tiles. Beautiful.
    I’m not a fan of the retro couch and wallpaper but it doesn’t take away from the beauty of the apartment and I like the furniture arrangement for this space.

  • I am so intrigued by the metal sculpture! Is it retro? I haven’t seen anything like it previously.
    I love this flat: it is stylish and comfortable, not an easy combination.

  • I need to meet this fellow Cuban! I looked at the pictures first before reading the intro–and to my fabulous surprise, he’s a fellow Cuban. Born in Havana as well, I felt connected to his design aesthetic. I have that same couch!!!!!! Mine is a 3 piece sectional though and I have them all separated as individual seating. How ironic and I love it! Great piece!

  • I like the dining table and the desk. I’m trying to make a desk like that one-but I’m waiting for “free wood”. Nicely done. I wish my apartment had such nice bones to work with!

  • I love this apartment. Love the industrial touches. I especially LOVE all the chairs – the dining table chairs and the worn leather chair behind the couch.