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.
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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.