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A Fashionable Dallas Duo on How to Downsize in Style

Stylist Gregg Asher and partner David Martin, who works in sales at Forty Five Ten, share tips for surviving the transition to a smaller space. 

“High-rise living is underappreciated in this city,” says stylist Gregg Asher, one half of the couple who downsized from a 2,200-square-foot high-rise along Turtle Creek to this stunning 1,100-square-foot place just a few buildings down. “Everyone should try it at least once.”

Gregg Asher (left) in Gucci slides and a Noten ensemble with David Martin (right), sporting a Thom Browne jacket with Gucci jeans and slippers.

 

SKIP SENTIMENTALITY.
Asher had no qualms about paring down his closet of Dries Van Noten, Ashish, Stella McCartney, and Libertine. “Consequently, you keep everything you love, and that’s even better,” Asher says. They didn’t lament over furniture, either. Both now ascribe to the rule of “one item in, one out” and frequently reassess. “You have to be really honest with yourself and step back and say, ‘What do I really use?’” Martin says.

SEEK PIECES WITH INTENTION.
In lieu of a large dining table that would sit unused, Asher and Martin sought famed Paris furniture and fashion designer Rick Owens’ custom bronze-topped “Showroom” table, which doubles as a workspace.

BLUEPRINT YOUR WARDROBE.
Asher obsesses over every outfit—once. “Most people buy a top and a pant, and they just mix it and match it whenever they feel,” he says. “Mine are pre-done. I never wear an outfit any other way until the season changes.” This ensures he regularly uses every item in his closet and doesn’t splurge on something he’ll never wear.

BE OBSESSIVE.
“When you’re in a small space, you have to think about everything,” Asher says. “Down to, ‘Where would I hang a robe or towel when I get out of the shower?’”

LIMIT EXTRA STORAGE.
There’s no secret off-site warehouse piled high for this couple. While they admittedly have a small storage closet in the building, it holds only the necessities—like their collection of Louis Vuitton luggage.

DON’T SHY FROM BOLD PIECES THAT STRIKE CONVERSATION.
“You should always have one item that makes you uncomfortable or step out of your comfort zone,” Martin says.

FOREGO THE GUEST BEDROOM.
“I have always felt the guest bedroom is silly—especially when people rarely visit,” Asher says. Their extra bedroom is instead Martin’s dressing room. “I use it every day as opposed to one week out of the year,” he says.

LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH.
“To live in 1,000 square feet, you have to be comfortable with yourself and your partner,” Asher says. “There’s no place to hide.” David lovingly quips, “It’s good that Gregg works a lot.”

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