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Don Q’s Party Data – How do you impress with your design when you’re on a budget?

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Since they’ve been making Puerto Rico’s most popular rum for over 140 years, Don Q knows a little something about throwing a good party – you need the right people, the right refreshments, the right music. And you need to make sure your apartment doesn’t look like college dorm room. So, while they supplied all the delicious premium rum necessary for a recent house party in Brooklyn, we wanted to know from the hosts a little bit more about what they were focusing on once they knew the drinks were covered. That’s why today we’re talking to Adam – the host’s brother and roommate – about how to reconcile low pay with interior design. A lighting designer who works in TV, Adam’s told us we should accept the fact that things won’t all match when your picking up pieces from the Salvation army and your parents’ attic:
How would you describe your design aesthetic?

It’s like a hodge-podge of different things, sine we’re all a bunch of jerks that don’t have well-paid jobs. So we basically have to take we can get. If you find a little diamond, you just slam it in there, and hope that it goes with the other little diamond that’s from an entirely different place, time period, country.

Of all the things you’ve put in your living space, what’s the thing you like the most? What’s the thing you think really sells it? 
Man, have you seen our cutting board? That shit is off the hook. And you know where I got that? Mom. Mom had that in the attic for like 30 years and now it’s mine. And now it’s living the life. Look at these people, they’re all drinking drinks that came right off that.
We also asked Adam what’s the best way to compromise on decorating when you live with a roommate – especially when that roommate is your brother, since it’s a lot harder to avoid a family member if you throw his tacky wall decoration down the stairs in a fit of style-induced rage. Luckily, the two seemed to be avoiding such messy altercations.
So, you live with a roommate, whose also your brother? So,whats the best way to compromise when it comes to design in an apartment? 
We used to live smack-dab right next to each other in an enormous 1900-square-foot loft. So he has quite kindly built me a room on the other side of the thing, which makes it easier to masturbate, and do all those things that normal people do, but don’t like to talk about. Or especially don’t like to do right smack-dab next to your brother.

And while Adam may handle the lighting, Graham is pulling his weight as well – almost all of the art on the walls, which tends toward the abstract, highly-stylized school of big shapes and clean lines, was homemade. It may sound tired after being repeated every few minutes or so on home renovation shows, but it’s true: if you can make it yourself (or, better yet, find a friend with lots of talent, free time, and some kind of outstanding debt to you), the money you save will be worth the effort. Finally, we asked him to do a little fantasy experiment.

Let’s say you had a million dollars to design this apartment. What would be your dream interior design look? 

I don’t think I would change anything. I like having pieces that are ripped from events in my life. Like, we went out to brunch, we had great coffee, and I found this amazing coffee table that doesn’t really go with my rug or my chandelier. They all have their own stories. They’re all interesting because it’s a piece of my life, it’s an event, as opposed to a conducive style. That doesn’t really interest me. If I had a million dollars, I don’t think I’d run out and buy a bunch of high-class Ikea furniture, or whatever people with millions of dollars afford. I think I would keep it in the same vein that I have now, which is grabbing whatever I come across that I think is beautiful and reflects my personal style and my personality.