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Their Chinatown

Heather and Christopher Tierney outside their dueling Doyer Street establishments, the cocktail bar Apotheke (left) and Mexican cantina Pulqueria (right).

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Her Dining Area

Heather’s contractor made the dining table from timber abandoned on the Lower East Side; its legs were salvaged from an old diner.

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Her Flea Finds

Heather played up the antiquated nature of exposed brick and beams with flea-market buys like an easel and dressing table–bar cart.

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His Bedroom

To temper the noise from his neighbor’s apartment, Chris slapped thin slats of recycled barn wood over a two-inch-thick foam sound barrier.

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His Kitchen

Chris installed the marble island as well the reclaimed-wood ceiling above it. The lights are from Flos, the stools from Design Within Reach.

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Their Social Clubs

The Tierneys gutted the Apotheke space, finishing it with a marble bar lit from within and shelves lined with antique apothecary jars.

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Their Social Clubs

Among the Mexican influences at Pulqueria, right, are woven-reed ceiling mats, ceramic floor tiles, and befeathered light fixtures.

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Couch Seating at Apotheke

These sofas lining the wall stand in for typical bar stools. While renovating the space, the Tierneys pulled down layers of dropped ceilings to reveal the original tin ceiling.

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Her Bedside Table

Heather decided to skip the lampshade because she preferred the light and look of small, unshaded Edison bulbs. Her next project is a new juice bar which will be a client of her own design and branding agency Wanderlust (wanderlustnyc.com).

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Design Emblem on the Wall at Apotheke

Christopher designed the apothecary sign on the wall using broken pieces of black glass, gold-leaf paint, wood, and plaster. The serpents are made of plaster by a friend, sculptor Ian Martin. The walls are layered with Venetian plaster and painted with different hues and then distressed to give them an aged look. The upholstered chairs were found at a flea market and the wood floors are inlaid with vintage European cement floor tiles.

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Tables with Blue Chairs at Pulqueria

Christopher customized salvaged tables by adding brass tops secured with antique brass tacks. The metal chairs were bought at CB2 then distressed and repainted. The painted brickwork and open cement blocks were designed to evoke Aztec Mexico.

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A Pulque Cocktail

Pulqueria serves many versions of the traditional Aztec spirit made from fermented agave sap. The green tomatillo pulque cocktail here is garnished with lime, cayenne pepper, and the top of a tomatillo.

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