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sneak peek: webb bland

by Amy Azzarito

Webb Bland is an automotive photographer — he shoots the press release photography of pre-production cars for brands like Chrysler, Dodge and Fiat. This New Orleans shotgun apartment actually used to be the home of Webb’s brother, but when his brother moved in with his fiancée, Webb took over the lease. Webb had plenty of time to study the apartment when it was his brother’s home, so he knew exactly how he wanted to decorate: dark grays and reclaimed wood with pops of orange or yellow. He was drawn to a clean, modern look — that is, until he visited just such a place for a photoshoot and realized that he wanted his home to have a warmer feel. In the midst of pulling his apartment together, Webb visited a friend in Columbus, Ohio, and the juxtaposition of his previously loved super-modern decor with her chic, midwestern, vintage flea-market concept blew his mind. He decided that if he did introduce a modern flair to his future apartment, doing so would require an eclectic touch — mixing and matching styles instead of simply relying on the contemporary lines of modern furniture. So he revisited many interior design books, magazines and blogs and began to reestablish his design for the space. Thanks, Webb! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: My Sapien bookshelf holding my stack of design books and Top Gear magazines, as well as my favorite novels . . . in descending order.

Image above: Original illustration by Knoxville-based artist (and cousin of mine), Katie Ries, framed by a collection of cherry blossoms and pussy willows. The smaller white vase is from West Elm. Also, my repurposed ammunition-crate-to-DVD-case can be seen more clearly on the right.

Image above: For years I wanted a set of legitimate Eames molded plastic chairs; I actually bought the table around the chairs, not vice versa. With two armchairs and two side chairs, all set atop the classic Eiffel base, I started off furnishing my apartment with high hopes. The table is a stunning piece of workmanship from West Elm, utilizing reclaimed railroad ties from India as the surface. My specific table, in turn, has the most incredible patterned surface. Powder-coated birds are tealight candle holders from CB2.

Image above: Some of my favorite illustrations by Austin-based artist Graham Franciose hang above my 90” tufted anthracite sofa. Flanking the couch is the Sapien Bookcase from DWR and Big Dipper Arc Lamp from CB2. The skull is a realistic cast resin replica, acquired from Restoration Hardware. In the foreground is my awesome Tux coffee table, also from CB2. Chevron pillows help add a nice graphic punch. Pictured on the left mantle are two pieces by fantastic Hawaiian collage artist, Lauren Roth.

Image above: I found this ammunition crate at a flea market in Monteagle, Tennessee, for $6. It was painted a flat camouflage beige, but the paint was flaking off, so upon returning home, I washed and scrubbed the paint down, only to discover the original stencil markings on top: AMMUNITION FOR CANNON WITH INERT LOADED PROJECTILES. As it turns out, 120mm training round cases also perfectly hold 73 Blu-Ray, DVD and Xbox cases.


Image above: My interior design inspiration area on my Blu Dot Strut coffee table. Below, years of Dwell magazine. Above, a small sampling of design books with a familiar red spine sitting proud amongst the rest. The illustration is another by Graham Franciose. Beside the table sits a simple table lamp from Ikea.

Image above:  Since I work from home, my computer desk sits in the far rear of the room, with monitors facing away from the windows to eliminate glare. You can really get a better idea of the sheer amount of natural light my tall windows let in on a sunny day.

Image above: Form Us cord table lamp and Numbers LED alarm clock sit on one of my favorite pieces in my entire apartment: my Chelsea side table from Jayson Home. Reclaimed and roughly hewn wood on an elegant geometric steel frame, this one bedside table defines my aesthetic goal entirely by itself.
Image above: In my bedroom, the only art on the walls is this creative map of Italy by Bold & Noble, the shape of the country created by the individual city and town names. My kitchen is just through the doorway.

Image above:  The “W” is actually two letter “V”s taken from an unused theater marquee in Savannah, Georgia. On the right, a single Coop Tower from CB2 serves as a pantry, removing the need to constantly open and close cabinet doors.

Image above: Two of my favorite Graham Franciose prints hang beside my front door, leaving space for my collection to grow. The side table was a garage sale find.

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