Originally from Louisiana, Trent and Dara migrated to New York City for their creative endeavors. The two work together as the photography team behind Trent Bailey Photography, and Dara is also the designer behind the beautiful line Preston & Olivia. They want their personal space to reflect their personalities and the work they love to create (they both claim to dress like their apartment’s aesthetic — classic pieces with a bit of something unexpected). Their Southern upbringings also factor into their style, creating a young, city vibe. Thanks, Trent and Dara, and Nina Interiors & Styling for helping with the styling! — Anne
Image above: Our apartment is a mix of both classic and modern. Our couch is from Restoration Hardware. We recently picked up a pillow in St. Barths with “C’est Si Bon” written boldly on it. We love pieces that tell a story and remind us of life experiences. Our poufs and coffee tables are both from CB2 and are great for spaces that need to have multiple functions and to easily transition for entertaining.
Image above: Trent’s mid-century desk is a Kent-Coffey piece found on Craigslist. It’s the perfect mix of mod and classic. To free up space on the desk, we mounted the iMac to the wall. Above the desk we hung a frame and painted the inside of the wall in chalkboard paint. It’s a great way to write reminders, inspiration quotes and to display photos that are close to my heart. Our home telephone is a 1960s restored Sculptura.
Image above: We had this long green arrow painted along our hallway from our bedroom/entry to the kitchen and living room. It’s a great pop of color that naturally leads our visitors to the main space. A gallery of frames is filled with inspiration images from the 1940s to 1970s.
See more of Trent and Dara’s home after the jump!
Image above: Dara’s workspace is all about organization, structure and function. Her desk and wire shelf are from CB2; pendant light and cabinet are from Ikea. When stripped down, the space has a masculine feel (metal desk, with tools and pegboard wall), but feminine touches of beauty are added with Preston & Olivia pieces, fresh flowers and vintage frames.
Image above: If you live in New York, you know that there are some less-than-ideal floor plans in so many apartments. Our bedroom is actually the entrance of our apartment, so we knew that it needed to make an impact when entering the front door and that there needed to be a way of giving the area a separated feeling from the rest of the space if necessary. We really wanted to wallpaper the back wall of the bed, but as renters, we didn’t want the hassle of removal. To solve the problem, we purchased a very LARGE canvas and used a Jonathan Adler wallpaper to make a bold impact. We are big believers in lighting, so throughout the apartment and in the bedroom we changed out each fixture and added additional lighting. This chandelier is a family heirloom that hung in Trent’s grandmother’s dining room. With some round lightbulbs added, it instantly turns the classic chandelier into a mod piece. The bedding is a mix of West Elm, CB2 and other pillows. Our favorite feature is the gray and metallic linen curtains that can instantly bring separation to our spaces.
Image above: Southerners LOVE to monogram anything and everything, and we love our monogrammed pillows. They ensure that we never forget whose side is whose. Floating side tables were constructed by Trent and his dad. The reading lamps are from West Elm; wallpaper from Jonathan Adler.
Image above: One of our absolute favorite pieces in the apartment is this blue chair. Our apartment building is a large high-rise, and on occasion, we have been able to find treasures out of other people’s trash. We found the bones of this chair with a tattered fabric in the trash. We had a vision to reupholster it in a luxurious blue velvet. We also knew we wanted the chair high off the ground, so we bought these wooden legs and painted them to match the feel we were going for.
Image above: We are always searching for inspiration to incorporate into our work. This is one of our most treasured pieces: a 1948 edition of Harper’s Bazaar featuring its earliest collaborations with Richard Avedon.
Image above: Next to Trent’s desk is a collection of inspiring photo books, as well as antlers from his father’s many hunting expeditions. A bold statement piece we love is the yellow ceramic planter that looks like a vintage telephone with a large succulent.
Image above: Dara loves fresh flowers in her workspace, so Trent always tries to surprise her with them. The green box is a flea market find that holds various supplies. A Jonathan Adler frame of her grandmother reminds her of her Southern roots (and half the name behind her business).