Apartment tour: 1BR Upper West Side

Gold hardware, European prints and elegant tassels enrich designer Dana Arbib's abode.

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  • "The painting is a Banksy (banksy.co.uk), and my mom bought it for me six years...

  • The chandelier was a Craigslist score. "I wanted the original, by an artist...

  • The lamps on the nightstands are from what Arbib describes as a patch of...

  • Arbib gushes that the bedroom is her favorite spot in the apartment. "The...

  • Arbib's plush bedding is from ABC Carpet & Home (881 Broadway at 19th St;...

  • Arbib purchased this piece of artwork at an auction in Canada, "I wanted...

  • The poster is from the first Madonna concert Arbib attended in 1990, and the...

  • "I replaced the bathroom knob with this one from an NYC public school, and I...

  • "Every fixture in the house is brass, even the toilet flush," Arbib admits,...

  • The print above the sofa, which cost about $400, is from Chisholm Larsson...

  • The couch is custom-made by John Saladino (saladinostyle.com), the pillows were...

  • "I got the table from a guy in Colorado who makes gun cases for the National...

  • The kitchen had a wall separating it from the living room, before Arbib knocked...

  • The red tassel, a "good-luck charm," was purchased in Chinatown. Knotted...

  • "The living room chairs are from 1stdibs.com," Arbib says. "They cost about...

  • Arbib brought the dining room table over from her last apartment, in Nolita...

  • "I don't enjoy places that look like a model home, where everything is...

Dana Arbib, a 29-year-old accessories designer for A Peace Treaty (apeacetreaty.com), spent about a year collaborating with her now-best-friend interior designer, Lauren Stern (they met during the design process on her apartment). "Dana is the concept of the apartment," says Stern. "It's all of her history, interests and [Libyan Jewish] ancestry."

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1stdibs.com
"They have antiques from every century," Arbib says. "You could flip through the website for hours, which I do to get inspired for my jewelry, scarves and everything I design."

Antiktex
109 W 38th St between Sixth Ave and Broadway (212-643-8655)
Arbib says this is the place to go if "you want to find amazing antique textiles that no one else will have. You could be like, I want indigo fabric from Burkina Faso, Africa, from 1965 and [the owner] will pull it out. You can be so specific, and he'll have it."

Strip of antique stores in the Bronx
(Bruckner Blvd between Alexander and Willis Aves)
"They're definitely cool places—off the beaten path."

Build It Green! NYC
3-17 26th Ave at 4th St, Astoria, Queens (718-777-0132, bignyc.org)
"It's a junkyard in Queens that sells items like tiles, bathtubs, chairs and tables. Plus it's super cheap," Arbib says. "Every time my company has a photo shoot, we get stuff from there."

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