Emily & Nate's Cozy Cocoon

Emily & Nate's Cozy Cocoon

Kyle Freeman
Feb 23, 2010
Name: Emily & Nate Location: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 1½ years - rented As an avid fan, Emily (a graphic designer) knows her Apartment Therapy stuff. Within minutes of walking through her door, Emily tells me that she's pretty sure that the layout of her place is exactly the same as another house tour I recently posted. And funny enough, this other tour was also home to a Nate. The tour and home that she was referring to was Ila & Nate's Corridor of Color. And sure enough, after checking out the whole space, I confirmed that yes, Emily and Nate's home is the exact same layout and structure as Ila and Nate's home, even though they live a half mile away from each other in different six-family homes. And of course, they both have the same impressively small square footage. I say impressive because once again, I'm delighted by how Emily and Nate make a small-ish space feel roomy. This space definitely feels bigger than 700 square feet. I'm going to chalk that up to the delightful, eclectic environment that Emily and Nate have created as renters on a budget. This home feels really well loved (for proof, check out this poem about their place, written by Nate). Their incorporation of abundant original art makes a huge difference in the space. (By the way, to see their "Cabinip" mini liquor cabinet in motion, click here.) I also love their mis-matched (e.g. dining room chairs), less than precious aesthetic. Their use of a soothing, neutral wall color in the main living space (living room and dining room) helps unify the two rooms but also provides a grounding stage for their colorful art, furniture, and decorative objects. Once we established that this space is the exact same as Ila and Nate's, it was fun to compare and contrast how they set up their spaces. One thing, beyond structure, unites these two couples and their same but different spaces: a knack and love for creating cozy, vibrant homes. The matchmaker in me hopes that Emily and Nate get to see Ila and Nate's home and vice versa. Apartment Therapy Survey: Our style: Eclectic, fun, artsy, modern, and comfortable. Inspiration: Design books and blogs, museums, and our artistic and creative friends and family. Favorite Element: Our custom-designed-and-built mini liquor cabinet - the "Cabinip". Biggest Challenge: Not letting things get too crowded and cluttered in our smallish space, and doing it on a tight budget. What Friends Say: It's so you! Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom: it still has the ugly off-white paint color and the claw-foot tub to shower conversion is pretty shoddy — let's just say it involves a 2x4. Proudest DIY: Making a lot of the artwork that is displayed and refurbishing the pachinko machine. Biggest Indulgence: Original art. Best advice: If you see local art that you like and you can afford — buy it! Dream source: MCM antique stores after I've won the lottery, and open studio tours. Resources of Note: LIVING ROOM Leaning bookshelves: Crate & Barrel Letterpress trays: Antique stores (I painted one yellow) Yellow side table and chair: West Elm Custom curtains and pillow cases: sewn by Emily's Mom Artwork above TV : artist Helen O'Donnel Artwork above sofa: artist Erica Von Schilgen Small couch and TV stand: IKEA Vertical panorama: artist Warren Mather DINING ROOM Dining set (table, two chairs and sideboard) by Broyhill: Yesteryear Gray Eames chair: from my Grandmother (was her desk chair for many years!) Antique Japanese Pachinko machine: Craigslist "Cabinip" mini liquor cabinet: built by Bill Rogers of Machina Design Hanging fabric fish: made by Nate's Mom Curtains: West Elm Rug: from Nate's travels in Turkey KITCHEN Table: IKEA Paintings: by Emily Print above kitchen table: artist Nancy Marks Rug: from Nate's travels in Turkey BEDROOM Photograph opposite the bed: "The Heart" by Kevin Van Aelst Painting above bed: by Emily Hand-sewn blanket made out of cut-up cashmere sweaters: by Kelley Whitmore (for information contact kelley_whitmore@yahoo.com) Bed: IKEA Rug: from my Grandparents' house Cross stitch artwork: by Emily London Tube Poster: London Transport Museum Shop BATHROOM Cross stitch artwork: by Emily PAINT COLORS Dining Room and Living Room: Benjamin Moore Horizon Gray (on 3 walls) and BM Creekside Green (on 1 accent wall) Kitchen: Benjamin Moore Sweet Pear Bedroom: Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue Thanks, Emily & Nate! Images: Kyle Freeman • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form.
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