Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ron Marvin's Ultra Stylish Apartment

Ron Marvin's incredibly stylish Manhattan apartment

Ron Marvin's stylish Manhattan apartment is a testament to the fact that any space can be fabulous, regardless of its size. At just 250 square feet, his studio apartment has miles of style. Marvin was able to create separate "rooms" (studios typically consist of one large room with a bath and possibly a kitchen with their own walls) throughout the space. I absolutely love Marvin's aesthetic. It is modern, polished, a little glam, with just the right amount of vintage items thrown in to make it look collected. The color palette, streamlined details, and lack of anything frilly appeal to my sense of style (more masculine than feminine in terms of interiors).

Marvin has homes in Manhattan and San Francisco (lucky!) and his interiors have been featured in Metropolitan Magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and on HGTV. Even if you don't think you are familiar with Marvin's name, you have probably seen his work on many occasions. He has worked in visual merchandising for stores such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Hold Everything, Gap, and Williams-Sonoma Home. Be sure to watch the video at the end of this post. It was his entry for Apartment Therapy's Smallest, Coolest Apartment contest in 2007. In the video, Marvin takes the viewer on a guided tour of his beautiful apartment.

Love the walls, bedding, mirror, and the fact that all of the spaces are clearly defined

Marvin's 250 square foot apartment is home to 11 chic lamps! He calls himself a "Lamp Tramp"! I love it. I will have to start calling Fabian that. It is evident that he has maximized every square inch of the space.

Parsons desk, vintage lamp and chair (both flea market finds), and turquoise foo dogs in the office niche

The chocolate and white palette continues into the bathroom. I actually think it's a great idea to utilize the same palette throughout a small home like this. It really unifies the space. No space is safe from the Lamp Tramp! Marvin's bathroom hosts a floor lamp and a small lamp on the vanity.

A vignette featured at Marvin's bedside. I love the classic look of the lamp, but the photograph is my favorite. To me, the man in the picture looks like a Spanish torero, or bullfighter, being coy behind a fan. I love the yin and yang of masculinity and femininity in the photograph.

A close-up of the cabinet in Marvin's living room. The vintage yellow lamps are very Palm Springs. What is the overall look of Marvin's apartment called? I feel like it is a mix of things, but I'd really like to know because it is so me. I love it!

Images via Ron Marvin

1 comment:

Brilliant Asylum said...

That video was so inspiring! He has done a fantastic job. The bathroom cracks me up.