Happy Friday friends! Before you get sick of seeing photos of my apartment, I thought I’d check back in to share my Design Sponge shoot sources, my likes and dislikes, and plans to further transform this space of mine. It’s no surprise that a lot of the contents of my home are vintage, but I’ve tried to suss out the items that aren’t and link over to them in case any of you are interested!
Bedding: West Elm Organic Matelasse Duvet Cover (Bonus: you just might see a General Gazpacho over on this link too!)
Throw Blanket: West Elm Softest Throw | White votive candle: Tocca Stella Candelina
Full disclosure: I actually use a dumpy old Ikea task lamp on my bedside right now since the one above needs to be rewired…but this one is so much prettier, so you can’t blame me for sneaking it into the shoot right? I fell in love with that 1970s French wallpaper you can see hanging behind the bed, but it was too damaged to properly install. I ended up hanging it in that makeshift maple frame with brass screws and I’m not quite sold on how it turned out. As I said in this post, this room is the most “unfinished” and will likely make a bigger transformation over time. But for now, we are enjoying the simplicity, openness, and abundant natural light in there.
Some day, I’m hoping to find a nice and large abstract painting for above the sofa to infuse a bit more color and modernity into the space, but I’m happy taking my time to save up for that fated piece. For now, I’m ogling prints like this one or this one (hung horizontally) as inspiration.
Man these yellow floors kill me, and not in a good way, so lets just ignore them for now, shall we?
That brass side table from Urban Outfitters is ubiquitous for a reason: it is at a great price point, has enough details to make it interesting, but is minimal enough to not feel “visually heavy”. And thus, I bought it and it lived happily ever after next to our vintage sofa. If I get sick of it there, it will always make for a beautiful plant stand for a cascading green that I’m known to hoard, so all in all, it was an easy buy. That painting on the ground next to it was one I picked up at a sidewalk sale that I meant to list in the shop, but I got sticky fingers with it and ended up keeping it. Is it a bit frumpy when combined with our yellow floors? Yes. But do I love those peeks of turquoise / peacock blue-green? Yes again.
I love how Grace describes that I have an affinity for nudes in the caption to this photo on the Design Sponge tour—it totally cracks me up. But I did love this one from the moment I laid eyes on it in the beautiful local shop Meadowsweet Mercantile. It is a 1940s original oil painting by a local Philadelphia artist Charles Hewins. The colors are moody without being too heavy, and the imperfections of her form are so beautiful and real. The bronze spotlight is from Target, record player is from Urban Outfitters (similar).
Styling-wise, I wish I had angled that vintage bentwood ottoman a bit and put any other (fuller) plant on top other than that silly one that shortly after died. It is a total 1990s real-estate plant, but nonetheless I bought it and it landed there and is immortalized in this photo. C’est la vie.
A raw wood wishbone chair has been on my wishlist (pun intended) for quite some time, but since I hadn’t fatefully found a vintage one, I pulled the trigger on this replication from Overstock and was pleasantly surprised by its quality! (Unpleasantly surprised by its yellow glossiness though, I won’t lie). It is shockingly comfy and I love how it has such an airy, minimal presence. So duh, I saddled it right up to my semi-ornate vintage dresser-turned-media center and my vintage 1930s Paris map that I had professionally framed.
Everything above is vintage except for that rug (a few seasons old from Pottery Barn) which is laughably way too small for that nook, but it was a work-with-what-you-got shot. I’m planning on replacing it with a better fit down the road, but the road to the right rug can be long and hard, you know? That tulip table was a great vintage find in Boston, and while CB2 and Ikea have modern remakes of this iconic staple, I’d read review after review complaining of the quality of both major retailers’ version, saying they chipped easily and wobbled. So if you’re thinking tulip tables and weighing your decisions, try to pick up a vintage one if you can.
The cabinets and counters in the kitchen were in miserable shape, so I opted to paint them and added contact paper to the counters. Not perfect, but an improvement for sure. Paint colors by Pantone with “Cloud Dancer” used up top and “Charcoal Gray” used below.
Peg rack: Crate & Barrel
Between the Design Sponge feature of our space last week and the extras I shared in an earlier post on this here blog, there are a number of pictures floating around of the apartment right now, so if you see something that didn’t make the cut here and are wondering where an item is from, feel free to ask in the comments!
I’m excited to experiment around as I continue to decorate and settle in to this new apartment of ours here in Philadelphia, and I’ll no doubt be sharing some of those transformations here — excited to have you following along friends!
Happy weekend to you all!
All photos by Joe St. Pierre Photography