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James Kivior’s Dark and Sexy Apartment

February 20th, 2017

Instagram has always been a great place for me to scout new faces and interiors we want to feature here on the blog. Oftentimes, I’m reaching out to people who already have their own PR representation and are well-practiced with interviews. But on rare occasions, I’ll come across a real person truly oozing with talent who has somehow never been featured on a blog before! This is the case with James Kivior, who works in the cosmetic division of a French pharmaceuticals company. When he’s not traveling for work, he’s busy grooming his 550 square foot Bushwick apartment into a masculine masterpiece. Even though his space is small, James isn’t afraid of drama (that includes black paint, plaster busts, and plenty of velvet). We fell in love with James’ pre-war apartment (which he cheekily refers to as The Pretentious Home) via Instagram and we couldn’t wait to share it with you here. For those of you who are tired of all-white interiors, fiddle figs and diamond flokati rugs, you are in for a real treat. The dark and glamorous style of James Kivior is a welcome change in our growing collection of home tours. Read on to discover how James packs plenty of Hollywood Regency style into his small space in Brooklyn.

photographed by vanessa zimmer at range images and james kivior

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6 Comments under :: James Kivior’s Dark and Sexy Apartment
  1. I love the drama of dark wall colours and fabrics. My bedroom is a deep purple, which I’ve accented with light gray, white and mirrored pieces.

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

  2. Naomi says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this feature on James and his abode. His well executed ode to his own aesthetic and passion for antiques & details is really inspiring and refreshing. I come from a family of antiques dealers in London but only fully appreciated the family business in my adulthood.
    His use of subtle, yet thoughtful, taxidermy strikes a cord with me as a fellow collector.
    He manages to walk the line between old and contemporary and make it his own story.
    When you wander through someone’s home like this you get a true sense of the person, it’s an extension of themselves… it’s a sensory, wondrous, experience. Homes like these are alive and ever evolving and such a pleasure to encounter.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • ja,especi says:

      Naomi, thank you so much for your very kind words. I love when someone gets it and you my friend get it. Even if my home is not in your taste per se you still appreciate it for what it is and I love people like that! And yes, I do love taxidermy and actually have quite a collection that was not featured in the tour. I do hope you follow me on instagram. I would love to share the rest of my pretentious home with you.

      • Naomi says:

        Well James, if we weren’t cut from the same cloth we were at the very least from the same mill! I actually DO share your taste, in many aspects, it’s quite uncanny… from your taxidermy, architectural prints, busts, obelisks, and Hermes scarves to your portraits, old books and textiles (I have the same Adler baby alpaca throw too, but in orange… love) our homes are remarkably kindred. That said, there’s enough difference to intrigue and inspire.
        I’m hopelessly devoted to Cire Trudon, I like homes that evoke feelings and stimulate all the senses, olfactory is no exception.
        I have a couple of birds from Darwin, Sinke & van Tongeren, do check them out if you haven’t seen these artists…. exquisite.
        I’ll be sure to look you up on instagram.
        Happy “hunting” James!

  3. karin says:

    Loved it!

  4. Mr. Kivior, you are officially on my designer hotlist! I have a total design hard-on for the moody,
    maximalist, and cosmopolitan–think Jonathan Rachman and Ken Fulk–and I am about to start decorating a new apartment. YES to black walls and purple curtains, velvet uphostery and gilded frames with unexpected inhabitants (my choice here being an Easley rooster, artwork from New Orleans, a Blue Morpho speciment, and some Revivalists posters)…you are such an inspiration. Let that fiery scorpio spirit shine!

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