I possess a particular love for spaces, especially well-designed spaces, and photographer Rick Schultz and his designer partner’s, Jimmie Martin, apartment does not fail to appeal to my aesthetic sensibilities.
The 670 sq. ft. sanctuary in a Georgian building in Baywater, London, is the interior design handywork of Jimmie. He’s excellent sense of space and proportion would have you think that it’s more than a one-bedroom firstfloor flat. And, if that isn’t something, his attention to detail betrays the fact that it’s merely a rental while he and Rick search the market for a suitable property to buy.
Of course, I do not forget to remember that this is a men’s apartment – or more correctly, gentlemen – and the overriding masculine air is evident in Jimmie’s juxterpositioning of dark-grey walls and muted tones with jubilant explosions of colour on the furniture pieces, decorative objects and art scattered within. I think it’s fair to say that Mr. Martin has given full vent to his personal style – mix-and-match aesthetics.
Part Ikea, part Dwell, with a decisive smattering of objets d’affections from travel and antique nooks, I can easily picture myself making a home of this space. The story Jimmie tells through it is well-thought through, flawlessly executed and leaves you on an emotional high. Opium might have been the drug of choice in the era of Dickens’ England but I think it has made an irresistible comeback in the form of Jimmie and Rick’s apartment.
Says Jimmie: “Our favourite thing to do at home is to sink deep into the sofa together and watch trashy telly with our cats in our laps…”
Says Rick: “Our favourite thing about our home is it’s a great space, great for entertaining our friends…”
Live the life!
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