sneak peek: webb bland

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.

  1. tracy a says:

    Lovely space. I also must say, I’m fascinated by people with tall stacks of books in their home. That wouldn’t last 2 seconds in my house. Are those books for real or is there some sort of metal rod that has been secretly drilled through them all. Sounds far fetched, I know, but if my kids didn’t knock it over, my dog would (or the vacuum for that matter).

  2. Jessica says:

    It’s actually a bookcase, similar to this one:
    It just makes it appear that the books are precariously stacked.

  3. Nora Ballantyne says:

    Gorgeous!! I love the flat white walls and long couch. The orange duvet sent me to the moon. Would you share the paint color and source for the couch?
    Best wishes in your awesome abode :)

  4. I simply adore this home. The open dining, living and office space is spectacular. Warm and cozy, but with an edge – it’s the perfect example of modern + livable design!

  5. Heather says:

    Wow, I love this! I grew up near New Orleans, and there are so many unique houses there. My mom once lived in a small shotgun house in New Orleans , and I remember seeing photos of the charming little thing in all it’s glory.

    I particularly love the modern spin on this one!

  6. I have found a number of treasures at that same flea market in Mount Eagle. I felt like a kid in a candy store after years of shopping at the Rose Bowl and Fairfax High Flea Markets.

  7. Webb says:

    Webb here.
    @Nora; the couch is a 91″ Palliser Barbara sofa in extreme graphite fabric. Paint color though… not sure of- I’m renting so I didn’t paint it, but the walls are about as white as white can be… not sure what the exact shade is, sorry!

  8. Julia says:

    I am jealous of all your Graham Franciose prints. I’ll own his whole collection someday. His work is splendid. Beautiful home too.

  9. stephieZ says:

    Your design aesthetic and mine are the exact same.. so funny. Your place is gorgeous!

  10. Vanessa says:

    great space! and not one, but two fireplaces.. jealous!

  11. Katie says:

    Check out all of GRAHAM FRANCIOSE’s prints at His work is fantastic and looks great in this home! What a collection.

  12. kimmi syren says:

    I find this home very stiff, lined up and staged overall. However, I do like many of the things in it.

  13. Cori says:

    oh my! I love the little birds on the table!

  14. Tracy A says:

    Thanks for the tip about the bookshelf, that is really cool!

  15. Katie says:

    Love this! I have the a similar sofa and yellow chevron pillows… love it.

  16. It’s a great space! I love bikes that live inside! The zebra rug is absolutely perfect!! Great styling!

  17. valeria says:

    wow, i love your living!!!

  18. Andy says:

    Love the space. Only one suggestion, don’t hide the Modern Warfare 2 or Black Ops Titles. If anything, get the cases shadowboxed.

  19. Webb says:

    Haha, wasn’t hiding them; they’re in alphabetical order! And I would have organized MW3 and BF3 into their own slots, but they would have pushed my Fallout 3 DLC collection out of the shot, and I certainly can’t have that. ;)

  20. Kelly says:

    This is my idea of perfection. Love, love love!

  21. TMINUS NYC says:

    I have grown to expect nothing less than impervious perfection from my good friend, Webb Bland. This article/feature, doesn’t disappoint, with the view of his intricate use of simplicity in design.

  22. Brandon says:

    What color are the eames chairs? I’ve never seen light gray before. Love your place!

  23. Webb says:

    Brandon, the colors are Wafer and Sparrow; seems there was a minor tone shift that happened in color-correction and I didn’t realize it- my apologies!

  24. Chantal says:

    Incredible space, I love everything! Where is the desk from, I’m looking for a new one.

  25. Webb says:

    Chantal; the desk is from Ikea- one of only two items in my apartment acquired there. It’s a 61″ Vika Byske/Vika Moliden table (Byske top, Vika legs). Hope that helps. :)

  26. Ana says:

    Hi Webb,
    I love your home. Where did you buy the rug? I am looking for a rug and I like that one. Thanks

  27. Webb says:

    Ana- the rug is an 8×10′ Drake Gray Shag Rug from CB2:

    I’m glad you enjoy my place! :)

  28. Chantal says:

    That’s amazing! I would have never guessed ikea. Thanks for the tip! :)

  29. Myriam says:

    Beautiful decoration. And where comes from your pillow in the middle (grey and yello) ?

  30. Webb says:

    Myriam; It WAS from CB2, but it’s no longer available:

    Though their new lineup certainly doesn’t disappoint, either!

  31. Myriam says:

    Thank you very much Webb. And once again, I absolutly love the style of how you decorated your place !

  32. Jenny says:

    Love your space! I actually have the same coffee table and recently acquired the same dining table! Yours looks amazing. Did you treat with something? Would love to know. Thanks.

  33. Webb says:

    Jenny, hi! Little delayed response, so forgive me… and also hope that you even see this, but nope, not treated at all actually; that’s how it looked from day 1. Perhaps they just have a different source of wood now? Not sure, but it sounds like you’ve got great taste regardless. ;)


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