There’s an ephemeral romance that stirs up in me when I imagine the life and home of a perfumer. It seems like a career field out of a fiction novel where days are spent discovering scents and hand-mixing them in colorfully-tinted glass bottles in a sun-filled room. For perfumer Holladay Saltz, this rings (mostly) true.
Southerner Holladay and her husband and native New Yorker, Sam Saltz, live in a 780-square-foot 1900s brownstone with their cat, Prudence. Holladay runs her own fragrance and personal care line, Apoteker Tepe, from home where she spends her days mixing new concentrated scents, drafting new formulas, bottling and managing the design of print materials and her website. Sam teaches at a high school for recent immigrants in the Bronx. “I’m a native Southerner who longed to wear all black growing up and he’s a native New Yorker who loves mint juleps and bow ties, so our aesthetics balance pretty well,” says Holladay.
Their small home is filled with a balance of cobbled-together furniture from antique stores and family, multifunctional pieces and plenty of glass and Lucite to keep things visually light. Because the home serves as Holladay’s office and perfumery as well, functionality was of top priority, followed by highlighting the turn-of-the-century features such as the gargoyle in the entryway and original wood doors and beams — while still keeping it contemporary. - Sabrina
Photographs by Shay Platz