Sam Horine is a freelance photographer based in New York. He and his wife, Robin Wellington, and cat, Franklin, moved into this 500-square-foot apartment in the South Slope/Windsor Terrace area of Brooklyn four years ago. At the time, it was a complete mess, with an overgrown yard filled with trash and walls in every hideous pastel imaginable. They started with a fresh coat of paint throughout and have been making tweaks ever since. The small space means they have to limit what comes in, so the goal is always to surround themselves with things they like and hope they work together. Thanks, Sam! — Anne
P.S. — New York readers can view Sam’s portrait work in the lobby of The W at Times Square from now until 1/11/11.
Image above: This corner of our living room is one of our favorites. We started collecting the animal heads after we picked up the two cows at a flea market in rural Virginia. Most of them came from eBay. The stabby thing is a frog spear from Erie Basin that I gave to Robin as an anniversary gift, and the nesting hedgehogs are an ashtray set that belonged to Robin’s grandparents. We just got married at the end of August and ordered the cake topper from The Small Object.
Image above: This painting is of an unidentified Wellington relative. The photo it was based [on] is taped to the back, but we’re still not sure who it is. The Bertoia chair came from a junk shop in the Catskills. Robin thrifted the lamp and globe in Providence, and the pig was a gift from friends. The table that the pig and lamp are sitting on was made out of a cherry tree that fell in my parents’ yard in Maine.
Image above: With the exception of the living room and bedroom, the apartment is less than 8′ wide. I put a piece of wood into a baker’s rack at counter height to maximize the amount of work space we have. It makes a huge difference when we’re turning out big meals — Robin is an amazing cook and we love to entertain. The paintings are from Steve Keene. His work is incredibly affordable and really brightens things up. Even though it’s a horrible rental kitchen, we put these floors in ourselves. We couldn’t live with the old ones.
Image above: Our kitchen fridge is kind of a time capsule: pictures from friends’ weddings, a holiday card from our friend Eliz (another awesome photographer), Rockaway Taco menu, photo of our niece, random photobooth shots, cardboard and tinfoil Prince symbol from an old Halloween costume, etc. The letterpressed “dude” card is our house stationery. We custom ordered them a while back and find it works for nearly every occasion. The donkey picture was taken in a town overrun with feral burros that I found on a road trip with my buddy Brian. We like to serve wine out of the Erlenmeyer flask on top of the fridge — it reminds us of 360 in Red Hook, which was our favorite restaurant. Sadly, it closed a few years back.
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Image above: The dining room is where most of our original art is hung. We’re fortunate to have so many pieces from our friends and family. Some of the artists include Brian Douglas, Cake, Armsrock, El Celso, Infinity, UPSO, Royce Bannon, Gore B and Robin’s aunt, Nancy Young. The grey print in the center is a Keiko Minami that was in Robin’s house growing up. The Brooklyn Museum re-framed it for me in payment for some photos I took for them, and they did an incredible job.
Image above: This dresser in the bedroom is another Craigslist find. We bought it for next to nothing from a nice guy who was moving to Alaska. The painting is another Gore B and the print above it is from Matty8080, who also did the pink one in the living room.
Image above: Another view of the ear poster, plus a drawing I found in the street. All of the throw pillows in the apartment are from Thomas Paul, and all the curtains are made with Marimekko fabric. Our next project will probably be to make a headboard.
Image above: We struggled with finding a light for the dining room before we ended up with this one from CB2. The burl wood bowl was a wedding gift from Robin’s cousin, and the Eames chairs (as well as the yellow one in the kitchen) were yard sale finds. The plant stands and Christmas cactus came from Robin’s grandmother’s home.