“Whatever we don’t already own, we’ll make ourselves.” Remodelista directory members Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson of design-build firm Hollymount gave themselves this challenge when they moved with their young son to a characterless two-bedroom rental in New York’s Chelsea.
We dropped in on them not long ago–see the DIY New York Apartment–and were particularly taken with their easy, inventive uses of drop cloths and other inexpensive textiles. Case in point: Their cloud-like pillow headboard inspired by Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela’s ethereal guest rooms at Les Sources de Caudalie hotel in Bordeaux.
“All you need are lightweight bed pillows–the cheapest ones from Ikea are perfect–and thumbtacks,” Saylor told us. “We spent a lot of time discussing what to do. But when we settled on this approach, we were done in a matter of minutes.”
Photography by Michael A. Muller for Remodelista.
- Bed pillows, such as the polyester-filled Slan pillows from Ikea; $1.99 each. (N.B.: You need enough to form a grid from mattress top to ceiling.)
- Brass thumbtacks (two per pillow). A pack of 60 Brass Thumbtacks is $1.30 at Home Depot.
Total expenses: less than $35.
The Finished Look
Take a tour of Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson’s whole apartment in Rental Rehab.
N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published on May 12, 2015.
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