The quaint, 19th-century exterior of the red-brick apartment building that Illya Azaroff (BFA Interior Design faculty member) calls home gives no hint at the modernized interior carefully designed by the master architect. A recent article in The New York Times discusses the investments Azaroff and his wife, Kristi Spessard, have made since they purchased the three-story lodging, which was originally constructed by shipbuilders in 1899.
With a solid foundation to build upon, Azaroff added creative touches from translucent Plexiglas wall panels for doors to a stairway with steel beams and natural wood treads designed by Azaroff himself. International decor, including musical instruments and posters, add character to the rooms. One of the focal points of the home is the garden, where Azaroff’s two sons can pick raspberries, have snowball fights, or enjoy the smell of herbs such as rosemary or pineapple sage. The family considers it to be an extra room.
“I wanted light, bright and airy,” he said. “I wanted to highlight the garden, which was mostly concrete when we arrived. We did, however keep the Rose of Sharon tree. The previous owner had planted the tree, and we respected that.”
For more images of the home, visit The New York Times slideshow.