Do you remember Elizabeth and Kyle’s pandemic wedding back home in Brooklyn? The couple had such a pretty apartment that many people applied for a full trip home. So! Without further ado, here’s a look inside …
Paint color: Kensington Green by Benjamin Moore. Butterfly prints: Chairish. Card printing: vintage, similar. Leather armchair: Vintage from Lodestone Home. Throw Pillow: Vintage, similar. Dining table: Vintage from Craigslist. Dining room chairs: Serena and Lily. Black floor lamp: Lamps Plus. Carpet: Ballard Designs, similar.
When moving away: We actually moved out of this apartment in February. We are expecting a baby and wanted to be closer to our families in Seattle. But we lived there for two and a half years and really loved it. We’ll miss the tin ceilings, natural light, and even the old radiators – they made huge popping noises every morning. It was our alarm clock at 6:30 am
When choosing the color: If your going for color is your thing, I recommend finding spaces you love in design books, magazines, and on Pinterest. Even if the houses are much bigger than yours, it’s fun to be inspired. We chose Benjamin Moore’s Kensington Green for our dining room.
Black lamp: Lamp Plus. Record player: Crosley.
To mix styles: Our things are mostly hand-me-downs (like our sofa) and less expensive things that I found on Craigslist or Target. I found our French dining table on Craigslist. (I’m lucky enough to search for specific keywords – “French antique dining table” versus “table”.) We have a mix of old, new, fancy, non-fancy. Then we pampered ourselves with pillows and window treatments to make the rooms feel special.
About homely activities: We bought a used turntable last year and it was really fun. We don’t have many records yet and the ones I picked up were in a dollar bin – our Beatles are getting a lot of play! And there’s always NPR on the radio, especially when we both work from home. We also play a lot of backgammon.
For cooking at home: We love making a classic roast chicken – we just make good condiments and a bed of vegetables underneath. My husband likes to make food that is a process, like a potpie or a pot roast. After work, hacking is a great way to relax.
Paint color: Benjamin Moore HC-29 Dunmore Cream. Sofa: vintage hand-me-down, similar. Blue lamp: Safaveih, similar. Chairs: Ballard Designs. Coffee table: Pottery Barn. Carpet: Alexander Home, similar.
On needle point: My grandmother taught me how to needlepoint when I was young, and now I always make coasters and pillows. It’s so relaxing and in the end you have something you actually want. I get the kits from Elizabeth Bradley.
To exchange: When we moved in, the living room had an ugly ceiling fan that you could see from every point of the apartment – it was the main focal point. So I swapped it for an antique chandelier that changed the feel of the whole room.
Graphic: goal. Dresser: Vintage from Craigslist.
On a mini makeover: We found this dresser on Craigslist. The previous owners had painted the top thick black paint, but we stripped it off and rubbed in oil. We took it outside and made it ourselves. It was easier than I expected.
In TV shows: We have been watching over the pandemic so much! I am a huge fan of Jeopardy. I was so sad about Alex Trebek. I watch all the Bravo shows which is a bit embarrassing. We love cooking shows too – Chef’s Table, Mind of a Chef, everyone.
Paint color: Benjamin Moore HC-29 Dunmore Cream. Linen: Roller Rabbit. Carpet: Safavieh, similar. Round mirror: aim.
During pregnancy: We are very happy to see our baby this July. We received an envelope from our doctor stating the gender of our baby. It feels like a private moment so my husband and I are going to open it up at home together. However, there is such an accumulation – my parents are like, when are you going to open it ?!
Cloud painting: vintage, similar. Wine and Cheese Print: Jamie Beck. Bedside table: Ikea.
On the wine and cheese poster: During the lockdown last spring, photographer Jamie Beck created a series of isolations. She took a photo every day and ended up making 60. Every week she came out with things that got more and more beautiful. I love to follow her life in France on Instagram.
Paper flowers: John Derian, similar.
About nostalgia after moving: I already miss everything. To be honest, I thought it was great that everything in our neighborhood was within walking distance – the fish shop, the meat shop, the cheese shop. We’re still in an urban neighborhood but it’s going to take some adjustments to drive places. I’ll even miss the subway – my husband would laugh!
Thank you Elizabeth!
PS More home tours including a Maine home with a view and a family’s dream home in Sacramento.
(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo.)