Thank you so much for all your thoughtful comments on what you’d like to see on the blog. It was so clarifying and helpful for me. I wish I’d asked the question years ago! Lots of you really wanted a peek into the apartment – and since I love seeing other people’s spaces, I totally understand. We had a dinner party on Saturday and our friends were running a bit late so I took 15 minutes and took some iphone photos for you of our clutter free (at least temporarily) apartment. The light was low and so the quality isn’t that high, but, at least you’ll get a sense of what we’d done and what remains to be done. I’ve tried to walk you through the flow (always something that frustrates me on house tours online!) and mentioned some of the sources. Here is the floor plan, if that helps you! If there is something you’re interested in and I don’t source it – just ask! Also, I thought it might be fun to see two other apartments we’ve lived in. The first tour, on Design Sponge was seven years ago! The second tour, on Cup of Jo, was three years ago. As you’ll see, a lot of the furniture is the same and so is my style! Ha! Also, the photos on Cup of Jo are stunning and show what a professional photographer (Seth Smoot) and a stylist (Kendra Smoot) can do vs my crappy iphone pictures.
Here is a shot of the current state of our 36 foot windowless hallway (the entrance to the apartment is the far door. I painted the hallway with Decorator’s White from Benjamin Moore Aura line (thanks to my friend Michelle). I really liked the Aura paint and it was definitely low VOC. No paint headaches. The rugs come from Etsy seller CarpetsMall and were shipped in three days directly from Pakistan! The light fixtures are from School House Electric and I use these pink light bulbs (I’m still a sucker from incandescent). At the end of this hallway, you enter the dining room (below).
This is a crappy picture but it shows the other end of the hallway and our narrow “entry way” landing zone.
Note that I need one more frame! Ha! Note also the poo bags! Keeping it real, no stylin’ on this tour! The frames and mats are from Michael’s (a Jenny Komenda genius tip). The bookcase was Tim’s father’s as a child and fits the space perfectly! So from here you enter into the dining room…
This is my favorite room in the apartment. I love that you enter into all this natural light after the long dark hallway. My desk is in the room and I spend most of days here! You can just see the leg of my desk in the bottom right corner. The rug is a bound remnant of wall to wall from the bargain basement at ABC Carpets. The light fixture is vintage from Ebay. A search on “atomic chandelier” will turn up some nice options, if you’re looking!
Here’s another shot of the dining room. The midcentury dresser is from Craigslist as are the Hans Wegner three leg chairs. The table was a gift from Tim’s mother and comes from the Hanover Inn which is sweet because Tim and I met at Dartmouth (in the radio station, 17 years ago!! holy smokes I just did that math!). The arm chair is from Tim’s family, too. The palm is from Ikea. The art I bought at auction and is by Matt Overend.
As you can see in the floor plan, our dining room and living room adjoin. This is one of my favorite views in the house! The brass scones are School House Electric and the hanging fixture is DWR. The bookshelves are Elfa (love them!). Blue velvet couch is Room and Board, as long time readers will know (we’ve had the couch as long as I’ve been blogging – aka 8 years!).
My mom gave me the white chair when she moved out of her house in Vermont – it has pink piping! The dollhouse is from Etsy. The antique dresser according to family lore holds that it was made by a family member who was a cabinet maker in Salem MA. Who knows if that’s true or not but I like to think some relative made it with his own hands. The basket underneath that holds all our wifi cords is from Home Goods. There is a door out of this shot on the right hand side that leads to the kitchen.
I have lots of ideas for the kitchen. It gets nice light in the morning, but has a large and not particularly nice fluorescent fixture that I’d like to replace. The floor tile (covered right now with self-adhesive blue carpet tile from Home Depot) is uneven and poorly installed. That’s something else I’d like to eventually fix. Also, as you can see the fridge doesn’t sit properly in the cabinets (all of this predates us). The main problem, I think, is that the floor wasn’t leveled when the kitchen was renovated. All of that said, it’s a nice kitchen and bigger than my last two so I’m not complaining! The big forest print is a photo Tim took on our honeymoon and we had blown up and framed at Michael’s .
I’ve blogged about this little space off the hallway (sort of an entry way to the bathroom). I’d thought of wallpapering this space but haven’t committed to any paper (or the expense of putting it up!). The bedrooms didn’t photograph well (it was 8pm when I took this photos!) so that will be a post for another day. The towels are from Garnet Hill.