Let’s start at the beginning. What was your first job out of college and how did that get you where you are today?
I spent most of my time studying neuropsychology in college and I didn’t want to pursue that after I graduated. I was gravitated to social media. It was new and the experts were Millennials. After a few internships, being part of the MTV TJ competition and exploring NYC, I landed a gig at a creative agency that started my career ascent.
As we all know, finding property in New York is a process. How did you find your current place? What was on your wish list?
I’m super picky when it comes to living in NYC. I need a place that can fit all my clothing and things (there’s a lot) and I need to live with someone I trust. My best friend’s college roommate was looking for a roommate at the time I wanted to move. The apartment was big enough and he was chill so it worked! I’m now 4 years in my apt.
What are some of your favorite things about New York City and your neighborhood in particular?
I love that there is always something new. You turn a corner and there is a new building, new restaurant, new exhibit, new bar, etc. You are always exploring in NYC. My neighborhood is pretty residential so it’s quiet. I’m always on the go so it’s nice to come home and relax.
What was your decor section process like?
I got a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest. I love gray! I know sounds boring, but I love the greyscale spectrum. I aimed to keep my room mild with grey but have pops of color throughout. I chose teal and orange as my color selections.
I also themed my bedroom as “cities.” All around my room you will find art that depict my favorite cities and ones I have visited.
How would you describe your personal style? How does fashion influence your interior design style?
My style is always evolving. I think that’s a must. If you are stuck in the same style forever, you’ll be in a rut. Right now, I’m all about edgy, classic looks. I love a good button-down but I will pair it with ripped denim and leather accents.
My style is minimal and so is my décor. I don’t need over-the-top items to make a statement. My personality is enough.
Where do you shop for affordable home decor and unique finds? Or, how did you stick to a budget for decor and furnishings?
A lot of my framed pieces are artwork I created or friends created for me. Printing is not that expensive. Plus, I get inspo from Pinterest DIY projects. The bottles around my apartment are those I spray painted to match my décor. All of them were consumed by me.
Is there a piece in your apartment that holds special value to you? Why?
My personal photos in frames are my favorite. It’s the memories I’ve loved so much that I’ve wanted to capture them in a photo. I change them out every now and then to give a refresh. I wouldn’t have the life I have without the people I surround myself with.
Where do you see yourself and Real Guys Wear five years from now?
I hope thriving and much much more than what it is now. I’m constantly looking into ways to change things up. I hope it has evolved into something completely different!
When you think of the Slate service, what 3 words come to mind?
Organized, clean and prompt.
When is your favorite part about the Slate experience?
I love walking into my home and knowing it’s clean. It’s one less thing I have to worry about and it gives me more time to enjoy my downtime.
What are some of your favorite things to do with the extra hour of your life now NOT spent keeping your apartment looking flawless?
SLEEP! Since I’m mostly home at night, that extra hour goes to sleep!
Name one friend or colleague that you think would love Slate the most. We’ll gift him/her a full week on the house!
Mario Moreno (Instagram.com/followmario)