Location: Cambridge, MA
Size: 1200 sq/ft
Years lived in: Owned 1.5
Our style: Updated traditional — hopefully with lots of things that tell stories
Inspiration: Pretty things, flea markets, the past
Favorite Element: The Butler’s Pantry
Biggest Challenge: Crumbling horsehair plaster walls. In the rooms that aren’t blessed with picture molding, it’s really hard to put up any art at all, and installing the shelf in the kitchen took a whole weekend.
What Friends Say: “This place is huge!”
Biggest Embarrassment: No shades in the living room. Help me solve this problem on the cheap!
Proudest DIY: The kitchen — it was a one-week total overhaul.
Biggest Indulgence: My kitchen appliances. We went for Ikea on the counters and cabinets, did most of the work ourselves, and sprung for really great appliances. They’ve been worth every penny.
Best advice: Take your time; don’t try to do everything overnight.
Dream source: Flea markets here and in London and Paris (I’m a cliché, I know), but with an unlimited budget
Appliances: Viking, Jennair, Bosch. J.D. Daddario in Newton had the best price for the Viking and great customer service. We got the dishwasher and fridge at Yale Electric, which was only so-so to work with.
Hardware: House of Antique Hardware for picture hooks and silk-covered picture-hanging wire, Restoration Hardware for kitchen cabinet knobs
Furniture: Pottery Barn for the dining room table, otherwise it’s mostly stuff we had or found vintage
Accessories: Flea markets, vintage stores
Lighting: Restoration Hardware, Target, Ikea, vintage
Rugs and Carpets: Ikea and vintage
Window Treatments: The blinds that the apartment came with are from Smith + Noble. I haven’t yet solved the puzzle of the curved wall/windows in the living room, so I haven’t bought any.
Beds: I have no idea, my husband bought the bed about 5 years ago when we still lived in NYC and we don’t have space for a bedframe.
Artwork: Etsy, flea markets, homemade
Paint: Benjamin Moore. My favorites are Silver Fox (living and guest room) and Woodlawn blue (bedroom and office)
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