The number one thing Nick Glimenakis wanted to do when he moved into his 500-square-foot New York City apartment? Buy a credenza.
“For my first real adult purchase, I really wanted to own one!” says Glimenakis. “I moved from an apartment I shared with other people and I had accumulated a bunch of stuff. I sold everything and moved here with a clean slate.”
Glimenakis is a photographer with a background in shooting interiors (though one look at his portfolio demonstrates an expertise in everything from dreamy landscapes to intimate detail shots)—a background that definitely came in handy when it came time to decorate his new apartment.
In the lead image: Design Within Reach Laccio Table, $862; Trnk-NYC Chambray Color Blocked Pillow, $85
In this image: CB2 Mercer Sliding Door Credenza, $699
In this image: Design Within Reach Wishbone Chair in “Black”, $595
In this image: Restoration Hardware Stonewashed Belgian Linen Bedding Collection in indigo, $27-$269
“At the end of the day—in a perfect world—I would like to be able to close my eyes and pretend I can hear the ocean waves crashing outside the window,” says Glimenakis. “I kind of referenced previous trips [to the beach] and past photography and found a palette that represented my life, my clothing, my photography… I really wanted my apartment to be a tangible representation of that. It’s a very neutral palette, and my accent is a little Havana flair.”
In this image: CB2 Butler Stand, $199
In this image: House of Marley Get Together Mini Portable Audio System, $149.99; West Elm Globe Table Lamp, $103; CB2 Swing Arm Black Wall Sconce, $79.95
In this image: Design Within Reach Mag Table, $199; AllModern Holstebro Tree Floor Lamp, $849.99
Then there’s the fact that practically all of the decorative pieces have some sentimental backstory. From a piece of driftwood, decorated by an old friend that sits on the sideboard to a film camera gifted to him by a college professor to some of Glimenakis’ older photos, there is meaning behind everything.
“It seems simple, but I see a lot of homes that are overly decorated, and to me that makes it feel sterile. So I really appreciate spaces that have a curated, collected feel,” he explains. “Everything has a story. If people are over, I want books and magazines and tchotchkes that people can pick up and start flipping through.”
For Glimenakis, mastering that balance between personal and minimal was essential in creating his dream space.
“My every day is different, my environment as a photographer is always changing. I really wanted something that I could come back to and shut the door and be transported,” he says. “This is the most 'me' it’ll get for a while. It’s my little sanctuary.”
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