Downtown couple Shayna Kulik and Justin Kalifowitz merge their love of music, deign and travel in Manhattan’s West Village. They moved into this one-bedroom apartment in a former 19th-century paper mill turned pickle factory (and later a co-op) three years ago when they gut-renovated the place to expose hidden details and add their own personal touches. Shayna works from home part time where she runs Pattern Pulp, a leading authority on emerging trends in print and pattern design, in addition to running her own consultancy providing design and trend services for a range of brands. Meanwhile, Justin brings the audio element to their home as president of Downtown Music Publishing and co-founder of Songtrust, an online rights management platform for emerging songwriters and artists. Thanks, Shayna and Justin, and a special thanks to Bridget Fleming of Downtown from Behind for the photos! – Anne
Image above: Our bedroom: We’ve mixed walnut wood with red, white and lavender accents. There’s art throughout — I painted the piece above the bed my senior year in high school. It’s a scene from Providence, RI. The skull and cross bones made from female silhouettes is a print by my dear friend Megan Hebert, an Australian artist now living in Reykjavik. The lamp is from West Elm, the bed frame from Room & Board, the bedspread from WeSC and the nightstand from Wonk.
Image above: I work from home about half of the time, so it was important to have a small workstation. Since we’re short on room, it sits in the bedroom beside the closet. I’m most proud of the mood board I made to fit the dimensions between the Wonk shelf and desk. The attached art is ever evolving; the only thing that’s stationary is Matt W. Moore’s calendar that will be here through December.
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Image above: Our living room is filled from top to bottom with graphic prints. Paired with white built-ins and dark wooden floors; it’s a nice balance of masculine and feminine. The pillow was a wedding gift from a British friend of ours. Justin is in London for work every other month, so it’s only fitting we pay homage to the UK. The chair is from Restoration Hardware, and the black and white photos are all patterns and textures I’ve collected from various trips and outings.
Image above: I often find myself working at the kitchen table. We found this incredible piece of mango wood in Greenpoint at From the Source. The Eames chairs were an online steal — we got them from Etsy. The teal portrait painting in the background was a gift I made for Justin for his 25th birthday. The pink dot painting I made experimenting with an eyedropper.
Image above: During my four years in college, I worked in an art gallery and am a stickler for having art up at all times. This is a collection of works I’ve both made and found from various travels. The cityscape is a Julia Rothman print that I bought when we decided to move to Jane Street, and the hair print is a history of British rockstars. I found the poster for $6 in an odds and ends store in London. The vertical portrait was made by a friend of Justin’s while he was in LA visiting a recording studio. I love the message — it reads, “You must have things that you care about, otherwise you are empty.” The Woodard chair was a rusty find in Williamsburg. I had it scraped and repainted black.
Image above: Our front hallway: We had built-ins made for the front hallway — both to help house our books and to help hide miscellaneous items. It includes masks from India and Peru, John Derian bird plates, a picture frame from Franc Franc in Tokyo, postcards by Nara Nishitomo, a vintage camera, a starfish Justin found off the ocean floor when he was ten and a $1 painting I bought in Luang Prabang, Lao.
Image above: Our bedroom: In a previous life, these pillows were part of a kimono Justin brought back for me on his first trip to Japan. The fabric was a bit stiff, so I asked his mother to convert them into pillows. The crochet airplane is from one of my favorite home stores in Paris, Bensimon.
Image above: When redoing our kitchen, we kept to a strict budget and simply painted the cabinet surfaces black and added white subway tiling to the back wall and floor. The red animal scrubber is from the RISD gift shop and matches our red ceiling.
Image above: Living room: We debated what would go above the couch for weeks and finally decided to convert our wine rack into a horizontal shelf. The art that sits above it has accumulated over time from various projects and trips.
Image above: Living room: Beside our leather chair sits this West Elm mirrored side table. Atop it is a map book from Melbourne, Australia, shells from various beaches and a Facebook coaster I really love. A friend of mine is a designer there and once mentioned that they get to play around with a cool print shop machine they recently purchased for the office. This was made in preparation for SXSWi — I love that it’s tangible and a departure from what we’re used to seeing from Facebook.
Image above: Bathroom: We have plants and succulents throughout the apartment, and this little guy has a mohawk thanks to the artwork of my good friend, Lisa Toff. It sits beside our cotton swabs.