sneak peek: trent and dara


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: In our bedroom, we mounted on the wall a shelf full of vintage alarm clocks.

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 scored this beautiful gold bar cart from a friend and immediately stocked it with cut glass decanters and mod barware. Vase from Jonathan Adler.

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).

Image above: Our chalkboard wall in the kitchen combined with a dart board is a fun, unexpected element in our space.

Image above: We needed storage that was both functional and sleek. This cabinet unit from Ikea is the perfect solution.

Image above: What more can we say about our Lola? She is the life of the party and definitely the highlight of our day when returning home.

  1. Jess says:

    Beautiful way to utilize your space…loooove the C’est si bon pillow! Lola is beyond precious.

  2. Love everything about this home! The colours, the textures, the quirky details…just beautiful ;)
    I’ve been on the hunting for vintage desks for my home office. I love both of the ones featured here! I hope I score some sweet ones like these!

  3. JB says:

    Love the telephone planter with the succulent, and so much more! Can you tell me where you got the blue and white rug? It would be perfect for my living room as well.

  4. As a milliner and a knitter, I’m loving Dara’s workspace….great way to organize all those millinery supplies, especially wire!

  5. Sara says:

    IKEA really is fantastic! It works so well in small spaces and is so much fun to really make into something more personal!

  6. Gail says:

    Ahhhh…Trent and Dara, your place is FANTASTIC! Love following you two as you navigate life in NYC! You two are awesome creatives!

  7. Beaula says:

    WHERE’S THE BED FROM.?? it’s perfect and I need a bed! Any help?

  8. amber snow says:

    So cool Trent! Nice house :)

  9. Anna Sawin says:

    No surprise to see how darn stylish their home is, since they are in life! Hooray for snappy, stylish Southerners! :)

  10. Nora Quinonez says:

    The pop of colors in this place is fantastic, and I do too love Dana’s workspace.

  11. Love that planter. I have a vintage rotary phone I may just have to convert into a planter!

  12. Christina says:

    I love the table with the red hat and flowers. Looks like it came right out of an old movie. :)


  13. Loulou says:

    I love the space you have both created, simple, homely, with quirky touches. And Lola, she’s soooooo sweet.

  14. What a wonderful space! It’s so fun to see Trent & Dara’s home after following their work online for over a year!

  15. Aunt Frankie says:

    You two are so incredibly talented. So glad to see where you live. Love you!

  16. Jennifer says:

    It is CRAZY how much the furnishings in this living room and bedroom look like mine! Great minds think alike.

  17. This is absolutely my dream style decor. Love!

  18. Mary says:

    Source for that fabulous blue and white rug?

  19. Lola is so adorable! I’kk bet she has a lot of energy. She would be my favorite past time too :)

  20. Ryan says:

    I have a similar desk and it’s always been a problem to use in my office because my iMac takes up so much space. I occurred to me to mount it on the wall! I’m so happy I saw this post!

  21. Ryan says:

    That blue & white rug I recognize from Flor, but I don’t see it on their website anymore. Maybe it has been discontinued? This one is similar:

  22. susan says:

    Anyone else read that as Trent and Daria? :)

  23. Trent says:

    So excited to see our space featured on Design Sponge! Thank you so much!

    Our rug is actually a collection of Flor Tiles, but sadly they are discontinued.

  24. Lynn says:

    I love your home. You did such an awesome job with the space. The colors are so popping and everything looks very inviting…Love, love, love it.

  25. Courtney says:

    Susan, I absolutely did. In fact, I couldn’t STOP reading it as “Trent and Daria.”

    What a lovely home. It feels bright, cultivated, and most important, lived in.

  26. Scott Andrew says:

    LOVE it all! Trent and Dara, you guys are so incredibly talented in everything you do!

  27. Helen says:

    Great home, I love color pops in the home too!

  28. Designlover, Esq. says:

    LOVED IT! Thanks for sharing Trent and Daria! Personal, beautiful, and welcoming– a difficult balance. I have two source requests (dying to know!):

    1- Glass coffee tables in the living room. Perfection
    2- The (tweed?) upholstered desk chair in photo #2. Amazing.

    Thanks again!

  29. So gorgeous! A wonderful home for a wonderful little family! Gosh, you kids are stylish. xx

  30. Catherine says:

    I love the idea of mounting the Imac on the wall! Genius! Then all the desk space can be used for papers! awesome space saving idea!

  31. Rosella says:

    I have a black and white rug exactly like that, bought about 6 years ago from eBay.

  32. Sara says:

    This is amazing! One of my favorite homes yet. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Trent says:

    The glass coffee table and desk chair at my desk are actually both from cb2 (tables found on Craigslist)

  34. Another fabulous sneak peek! I love their style, and using a canvas covered with wallpaper for a headboard is a brilliant idea! x

  35. Anni says:

    The headboard is amazing… so perfect for rentals and so easy to get some designer lovelyness in to your home…

  36. yay trent and dara, aka two of the most stylish (and sweetest) people I know! your home has transformed into such a fabulous piece of art – it’s so indicative of your love and creativity! congrats on this absolutely stunning feature! xx

  37. ingrid says:

    TRENT & DARA: Please tell us what you used to mount your Mac on the wall! I’m really dying to know. I’d do it right this very moment if I could.

  38. ingrid says:

    figured it out: VESA Mount Adapter Kit for iMac

  39. Varia says:

    Love it all!! Thank you so much for sharing your space!

  40. Matt says:

    Can you tell us more about what you used to mount the iMac on the wall? I’ve been hoping to get away with a console table as workspace and this should help do the trick! Thanks and beautiful job.

  41. Adorei o site. Farei novas visitas!
    Gostei muito, em especial, dos ambientes dessa casa!


  42. Tia says:

    I love this space..I’m repainting my room, I think I’ll add some chalk to the wall.

  43. Ara says:

    Gorgeous! Such a fun blend of styles. You totally nailed it.

  44. Lindsey Shea says:

    This space is so adorable! Love your style!

  45. Sebastian says:

    I absolutely love the chalkboard and the iMac on the wall!! Such great ideas and looks awesome! I put this on my wish list for my home office and will show this to my wife. I am sure she will love it, too, and maybe I can convince her that we should buy both. ;)


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