Within the bedroom’s confines, the low furnishings and extensive use of “empty” space evoke a distinctly minimalist feel which Leyden calls, “a nod to traditional Japanese design.” Stylistically, it’s a striking counterpoint to the rest of the apartment, and a perfect moment of respite. For Leyden, who states that the bedroom design is now in its fourth iteration, it continues to be a work in progress, just like the rest of his home. “As a designer it’s complicated settling on a single idea in my personal space,” he says. “I’m never quite convinced the design process is over. Instead I view it as a laboratory for continual experimentation.”
We love Shirock's choice here, to go with an on-trend Edison bulb rather than a shade to pair with this retro sconce. "The older I get, the more minimalist I become," says Shirock. "You just realize there is less and less that you actually need. And that most of the things you need aren't things at all."
Much like the dining room, this kitchen is a study in how using strong doses of cool and warm neutral colors to define a room allows a variety of other colors to fit into a palette. Here pops of yellow, green, orange and purple are brought in through everything from fresh fruit to an oxidized metal bin. Using several bright colors in small pops creates a colorful space that doesn’t overwhelm.
The dining room is a study in minimalism. What makes the aesthetic work are the layers of texture and finishes that keep the eye delighted. In this dining room wood meets iron, meets brass, meets leather, meets sheepskin for a perfectly layered affair. Above the dining table, another piece designed by the couple, vintage lighting that can be found in industrial buildings, was installed. The found pieces were upcycled with the addition of black paint.
This minimalist master bedroom features crisp, white walls and neutral designs. The bed is flanked by windows with custom roman shades and modern sconce lights above wooden nightstands. Hardwood floors line the room with a simple brass chandelier above.
Keeping with the minimalist feel of the master bedroom, the master bathroom uses a white-on-white color palette. The spa-like space features a steam bath/shower with multiple ceiling showerheads, a handheld shower and body sprays
Natural wood tones and simple, clean lines give this bedroom a minimalist feel. Soft-toned hardwood floors match the bed frame and dresser with a small modern chair beside. Plenty of natural light pours in from the two large, narrow windows with white frames.
The black and white color palette of the dining room continues into the kitchen. A largely functional space, the kitchen is one of the more minimalist areas of the home with only a few design accessories compared to most of the other rooms. But the new, streamlined cabinetry, metallic fittings and floor tiles give the space a refined and timeless look.
The master bedroom felt more modern and spacious with a white minimalist canopy bed as the focus of the room. A few warm pieces like the vintage chest of drawers and burled lamps round out the look. The large, colorful rug is like a piece of art for the floor.