Name: Maggie S.
Location: Seattle, Washington
Size: 550 square feet (more or less)
Years lived in: six
Maggie S., otherwise known as Mizrobot on Flickr, is a faithful Apartment Therapy reader and a proud graduate of the Apartment Therapy Cure, and her 550 square foot home shows it! She's got a beautiful collection of interesting vignettes, a sophisticated and playful choice of colors, and a discriminating eye for the things she displays in her home. She's letting us take a peek into her home, but with the notice that this is to be considered the "before"--she has just recently moved in with her boyfriend and is working on incorporating her life with his. While she dives head first into making her (very beautiful) style work with his, we can see just how she expresses herself in her home when the canvas is all hers. Stay tuned for an "after" house tour once Maggie gets settled into her new place!
We featured Maggie's vintage bottle collection here and it left us wanting more. Her home is full of gorgeous combinations of muted and bold tones, with a flair for the feminine. Small collections of interesting glassware and decor are curated with an editor's eye and allow this somewhat small apartment to feel bright, open and cheerful.
My style: Girly thrift store eclectic.
Inspiration: Anthropologie, Watson Kennedy, Design Sponge, this packet of paper samples from a vendor someone gave me once, Door 16, Apartment Therapy, Flickr, Readymade, Blueprint and Domino (RIP), Martha Stewart.
Favorite Element: The wall of windows along the west side of the apartment that provided fantastic natural light.
Biggest Challenge: besides the usual issues of being a renter and having a limited budget I would say it was bringing together a random assortment of thrift store and garage sale scores, IKEA staples, curbside finds and hand-me-downs in a cohesive way.
What Friends Say: People always told me it was very "Maggie." I take that as a compliment!
Biggest Embarrassment: My apartment was cheap and I only had my rent raised once in six years, but the lack of landlord attention also meant it was hard to get repairs made. In particular, I had no closet doors and I hated that my things were on display at all times. I asked to get doors installed many times over the years but it never happened. I should have just put up curtains but spending the time and money to make or purchase curtains felt like giving in! On the other hand, it meant my closets were always very, very neat.
Proudest DIY: Probably doing the whole AT Cure, which really helped me make my apartment feel like a home and encouraged me to invest in my place. If that doesn't count, I would say my nightstand that I've had since I was a little kid. It's been an onging project since I was 12 or so. If you could peel back each layer of paint you would have a good record of how my style has evolved over last 18 years.
Biggest Indulgence: My sofa—it was my first (and so far only) non-IKEA new furniture purchase besides a mattress.
Best advice: I think the best advice I ever received was to get rid of old stuff you don't want in order to open up your life and mental space for the universe to provide you with the things you DO want. Sounds cheesy, but I think it works.
Dream source: Design within Reach and Velocity for cool new modern pieces (on my wish list is a Modernica Eames-style rocker and a Nelson slat bench), Area 51 for their vintage collection, Anthropologie for their beautiful beds and sofas, Watson Kennedy for all their darling French accessories, Heath Ceramics for dishware, cute little antique stores in out-of-the-way places and a magical thrift store that has no connection to the internet and thus does not know how much any of their collectibles are actually worth.
Sofa: Area 51, Seattle
Afghan: made by my sister
Desk: made by my dad
Pyrex collection: various thrift stores, antique shops and shows and garage sales
Phonebooth ghost screen print: Jordan Crane www.reddingk.com
Tacoma print: The Helm Gallery, Tacoma WA //www.thehelmgallery.com/
Polaroid print: Post Family www.thepostfamily.com
Mary statue: my grandparents
Textiles: many are from a trip my stepmom made to India a few years ago
Metal hand-painted sign in kitchen: found at the side of the road near my apartment
Images: Maggie S., a.k.a. Mizrobot>