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ter Max book signed by the artist himself.
“‘Patriotic Pop,’ I call it.”
On the opposite wall hang four smaller
framed prints of George Rodrigue’s “Blue
“This is part of our Patriotic Pop,” Kleinert
said about the dogs. “He’s a New Orleans
artist. He does nothing but paint pictures
of this dog over and over again. Our
apartment is starting to take on this New
York/New Orleans theme. But we have so
many different interests it’s just —”
“Everything sort of just happens,” Hailey
But they’ve found a good system: “He’s
the decorator; I’m the designer,” Hailey said.
Kleinert envisions things and spruces the
room up, and Hailey will build furniture and
rearrange to bring the vision to life.
In their office space (which Kleinert calls
Hailey’s “Man Cave”), Hailey has built a
murphy bed, obscured into a bookshelf
by curtains. He’s also refurbished tables to
cover the large radiators throughout the
“Part of what our landlord likes is that we
never ask for anything to be fixed,” Kleinert
They also acquired most of their furniture
from the street and at thrift stores,
rarely paying full price for anything.
“I don't pay retail for anything,” Kleinert
said. “I embarrass Ken because I’ll tell
people how little I paid for things.”
Even much of the art and decorations
throughout their apartment was a flea
market find, a gift or something they’ve
had for years.
A shelf holds Hailey’s collection of Royal
Doulton Toby Face Mugs above the TV,