Open Plan

by Editorial
Opposite the living area, a stair leads to the office mezzanine and terrace.

Opposite the living area, a stair leads to the office mezzanine and terrace.

In the mostly black and white loft, splashes of color are confined to orange ottomans in the living area and artwork on the walls. “Julian has a great eye for art,” says girlfriend Lee Barona, national director of the American Diabetes Association’s call center, who sits on a red stool pulled up to the black granite-topped kitchen island. “He picks it and I give him my opinions about it.”

A brightly swirled abstraction by Spanish painter Willy Ramos, a gift from Epstein’s father, and two Salvador Dali prints hang in the living space. A vibrant landscape by Frenchman Monestier leans against the dining room wall. Hieroglyphic-daubed canvases by Senegalese artist Tita are stacked in the master bedroom, awaiting placement.

In addition to collecting art, Epstein dabbles in watercolors and offers up a delicate landscape he painted while on vacation in Italy. He says his artistic side was encouraged by his mother Elizabeth, a former opera singer, his father Samuel, a physician, and stepmother Cathy. “They are all incredibly creative people with artistic sensibilities that opened my eyes at an early age to art and design.”

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