Celebrity interior designer Adair Curtis opens up about fatherhood and how his son changed him – and his home
After a journey towards parenthood that can rightly be described as “really long”, Hollywood style Star Adair Curtis and his life and screen co-star Jason Bolden have been enjoying the joy of fatherhood for the past five months.
“I am excited about Arrow every moment I see it,” Curtis told ESSENCE of their 5 month old son. He enthusiastically describes the most recent sentimental moment shared with Bolden and their baby boy on the morning of our interview, as Bolden headed for work and prepared to work from home. They’ve received some help looking after Arrow while keeping their careers successful and busy, but nothing catches Curtis’s attention or touches his heart more these days than his son.
“For the first two months I was watching Arrow and remembering parts of the trip where I prayed and prayed and prayed for this,” he says. “The same with Jason. I would burst into tears for months. I feel like I stopped crying maybe a month ago. So it has been a long time, but we are here. We are here.”
Responsibility has certainly changed him, making the founder of JSN Studio more aware of the world around him for the sake of their son. It has also changed the way the interior designer looks at his house. He now, more than ever, saw the benefit of making the most of space (as many people did during the pandemic) and the importance of things with more than one use. A room that was once treated as a storage overflow has since become a dedicated family room. In it, a stylish new product, the Samsung Frame TV, switches from television one minute, to a frame for sweet images of Arrow and their family the next. The TV manages to go from live viewing to a centerpiece of a gallery wall with just the push of a button.
“When I started to experience television, I realized, at first, that it was really flat on the wall. It’s really, really thin. So the profile is very thin, there are no cords or cables, so there is nothing behind the TV hanging down, ”he says. “So you really get that really clean, sleek, classy look on the wall. It has so many different glasses that are customizable that you can put on.
“I can switch to art mode and display any artwork from my phone, or also from their store, on the screen,” he adds. “I really wanted the hero image to be Arrow’s. And then we just designed around that. So we had all these really cool frames with pictures of us. Jason and me, or Arrow. And that’s what you see there.
The TV fits perfectly into the space. It’s filled with toys that Arrow can play with and is cozy thanks to a more comfortable and cozy daybed and furniture.
“You have some really contemporary pieces, but you also have some vintage pieces that really have a soul and capture a little more of that warmth that you want in a room,” he says, describing the family room as “transitional.”
For the rest of us, without the eye that Curtis has, or the fancy furniture, he says that you too can better incorporate a beautiful piece of tech like The Frame into your home by giving the space it will be in the treatment of the art gallery. It’s easier than it looks.
“One way I mentioned is to embed the framed TV on a wall and surround it with beautiful artwork, beautiful photographs. This is how you create a gallery wall. It also looks great on its own on the wall, ”he says. “And The Frames, the bezel is customizable, to put on it. The Samsung Frame TV is already available in black, which is really striking and breathtaking in itself. And then you put on these really nice customizable glasses, and you can go from black to white, from white to wood grain. And the choices are endless. So I think there are so many ways for you to integrate it into your home. And then it doesn’t have to look like a television either. If it’s on the wall and you’re not looking at it, you switch to art mode. Make it showcase a piece that you really like, and it just might be something you created. Maybe it is something that you have collected yourself.
Curtis, who has designed the homes of stars like Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan and many more, is having fun rethinking his own space as his family grows. When asked if he could see himself made more room for another cutie like Arrow down the line, he said he hoped so – but not anytime soon, of course.
“I love, love, love Arrow so much. I’m obsessed with my kid. I’m like, I can’t have you in the world without a sibling. You need a sibling, said- he. “I’m one of the five and Jason one of the five. So I would like to expand our family. Now if my husband is going to allow that I don’t know. So let’s keep our fingers crossed, pray for me that we can get there. ”
The Samsung Frame is available now, priced from $ 599 to $ 2,999.99.