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Alex uses bold colors and prints to make his home a cozy and welcoming but visually exciting place. He's not afraid to pair IKEA sconces with high-end Baker shades. He daringly pairs traditional furniture pieces with trendy pillows and rugs.
APARTMENT THERAPY SURVEY
My Style: traditional, granny chic
Inspiration: so many things! I'm inspired by Tony Duquette, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, and a bit of a lodge feel.
Favorite Element: the way the apartment flows on one level, almost like a shotgun-style house. It's bigger than it looks from the outside.
Biggest Challenge: I feel like I'm decorating for the old woman who lived here for 20 years.
What Friends Say: it feels cozy and welcoming.
Biggest Embarrassment: the kitchen and floors.
Proudest DIY: the ode to Diana Vreeland room - red on red on red. Also putting up the shelves, trim, cornices, and curtains.
Biggest Indulgence: I didn't pay more than $300 for anything here. So I guess the two West Elm desks, which I brought brand new.
Best Advice: always go with classic pieces for big items. You can use trendy accents and accessories.
Paint Colors: Caroline Pines from Dutch Boy in the green room; Sangria from Benjamin Moore in the red room; the "bruised" hallway was inspired by Domino Magazine's purple rooms
Bedroom: trunk was my grandfather's; the bed is a French antique given to me by friends; West Elm desks and chairs; Martha Sturdy lamps from Craigslist; two dressers from thrift stores
Green Room: crewel sofa and hickory chair were found; bench from the Georgia Avenue thrift shop; marble top console table from Craigslist; dressers from West Virginia antique store; two Captain's chairs from Century and Craigslist; Z Gallery mirror table; two Asian benches from Miss Pixie's; console from the back alley trash; outdoor table and artist's stool from thrift stores
Bathroom: vintage chair and trash can
Hall table from a flea market
Red Room: red sofa from Ruff 'n Ready; cabinet from Salvation Army (cost $100); two slipper chairs from the Salvation Army; lucite coffee table boxes were a store's Christmas decorations found rescued from the trash; cabinet from Goodwill; corner table from a yard sale
Lighting: lamps from yard sales, ebay, thrift stores; the sconces are from Ikea with Baker shades; kitchen chandelier from Craigslist
Rugs: West Elm; the dining room rug from ebay
Accessories: the mirrors are all vintage except the sun mirror from Marshall's; Homegoods; shower curtain from West Elm; the shells in the Red Room cabinet are a new collection and inspired by the home of Goodwood owners shown in Apartment Therapy House Tour Anna & Dan's White House Laundry Loft; needlepoint pillows are vintage finds; dishes in the kitchen are a wedding set bed in a thrift set; kitchen mirror from Ruff 'n Ready
Windows: mostly Matchstick Blinds
Art: all vintage finds
(Images: Rachael Grad)