A one-bedroom apartment in an 1865 brownstone fits fashion-design taskmaster Tim Gunn perfectly. No alterations needed.
It's furnished eclectically, the brutally honest mentor on Bravo's "Project Runway" told us in an e-mail interview -- the day after Chloe Dao rose to the top of the reality show's design heap. Eclectic but, he adds, "with a traditional bias."
Gunn, who has become a popular persona with lovers of fashion, design and reality TV, says he loves his apartment in Manhattan's West Village because of the area it's in and the sanctuary the space offers him.
"The West Village is a wonderful neighborhood full of bistros, boutiques, small parks and low-rise buildings. Dogs and children abound," says Gunn, who also serves as chair of the fashion department of Parsons The New School of Design in New York. "I have the only apartment in what is otherwise a private house. My apartment is a floor-through [which runs the entire length of the building from the front to the back] on the top floor, so it's full of light and extremely quiet."
A great place for a busy guy to "carry on," as they say.
1. One thing on your nightstand: A bottle of Tums.
2. One thing on a wall in your living room: A 19th Century pastoral landscape painting that I found in a flea market in London. It was 35 pounds. The dealer said, "Not a bad price for the frame," implying that the frame was the only thing of value. I responded, "But I love the painting." He shrugged and muttered, "Americans."
3. One thing you have in your house from your childhood: Mr. Wee, a floppy stuffed animal [giraffe-like] covered in the upholstery of our living room couch at that time. Considering that he's my age, it's remarkable that he's only missing a leg.
4. Three condiments we would find in your refrigerator: Whole grain Dijon mustard, creamy-style horseradish, Worcestershire sauce.
5. Do your dirty dishes go in the sink or dishwasher? They go into and immediately out of the sink to a dishtowel to a cupboard. I can't stand dirty dishes lying around, even for five minutes.
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