Jen & Eric's Retro Modern Condo

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Name: Jen LiMarzi & Eric Hauser and their dog Guinness and cat Zoe
Location: Winooski, Vermont (just outside of Burlington)
Size: 1065 sq ft (2BR/2Bath)
Years lived in: 1 year — owned

After living in New York City for ten years Jen and Eric relocated to Vermont in search of a change of pace and the dream of buying their first home. During their hunt they came across an energy efficient condo along the Winooksi River that was just what they were looking for. After they found their happy place their next big step was to make it truly theirs by turning a generic condo into a modern mid-century styled home.

Jen, a writer, and Eric, a wedding photographer, did an incredible job putting their stamp on the new home. This creative couple was not afraid of getting bold and daring with color; their wall paint choices add a great deal of visual interest and personality to each room. Their retro-inspired style is seen in every corner: vintage furniture pieces, a 1960's working rotary phone, and a vintage starburst tissue box by their bedside to name a few. It's all of these subtle touches that really make this home feel warm and authentic.

They have a passion for retro design and you see it in everything they do. From their clothes, to their home, to their hobbies. They've recently opened a vintage eyeware Etsy store, Jeneric Vintage, and write an informative and witty blog, The Vermodernist, where Vermont and Modernism meet.

Jen and Eric have infused their style into their lives and home, and in their lovely Vermont condo they have created a perfect melding of modern living and mid-century charm.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Retro/modern inspired: After years of renting in apartments where the walls remained white and our furniture was fairly "disposable" we jumped at the chance to have brightly colored walls and more substantial furnishings. We've always been fans of both retro-vintage and modernism so we attempted to transform our cookie cutter condo into something with a bit more style.

Inspiration: The vintage teak credenza that acts as our TV stand is one of our favorite pieces since we spent months looking for an appropriate piece of furniture. We finally found this one on eBay and pounced on it.

Favorite Element: Finding the space in the first place. We looked at countless houses and condos before settling on this one.

Biggest Challenge: Finding the space in the first place. We looked at countless houses and condos before settling on this one.

What Friends Say: This is exactly the home we expected you two to live in.

Biggest Embarrassment: When our home is guest-free we often have to drape our upholstered living room furniture with sheets to fend off the hair and scratching tendencies of a less-than-obedient cat. We have found that using Soft Paws nail caps have helped tremendously with scratching as long as you keep up with reapplying them.

Proudest DIY: We've been apartment dwellers all of our adult lives, so prior to moving into our current home the only DIY project we did was put batteries in smoke detectors and spackle a few holes in the wall. Therefore, for us installing light fixtures and a ceiling fan were fairly monumental undertakings. We're happy to report the lights work and no one was electrocuted in the process.

Best Advice: Don't settle. That goes for choosing a place and choosing the items that go into your space. The devil is in the details, so make every detail count.

Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS

    • brand: color All paint is Benjamin Moore low VOC
    • Living room - Jamaican Aqua
    • Master Bedroom - Sycamore Tree
    • Master Bathroom - Hawthorne Yellow
    • Home office - Colorado Gray

LIVING ROOM

    • Couch: IKEA Sater sofa
    • Cedar chest: Lane, from local consignment shop: Anjou & the Little Pear
    • Vintage pole lamp: Also bought at Anjou & the Little Pear
    • Rocking chair: Urban Outfitters
    • Vintage chair: Another find at Anjou & the Little Pear
    • Coffee table: Custom made from Etsy store (no longer in business)
    • Credenza: Vintage Danish modern - eBay
    • Bar: Crate and Barrel

DINING ROOM

    • Lighting: Orbis fixture from Rejuvenation's midcentury modern collection

KITCHEN

    • Bar stools: Amazon
    • Lighting: Astron fixtures from Rejuvenation's midcentury modern collection

MASTER BATHROOM

    • Tiki shower curtain rings, Tiki clock, and vintage South Pacific tin signs: Various eBay and Amazon shops
    • Collage: Maureen Shields

MASTER BEDROOM

    • SHAG signed/numbered serigraph: M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs
    • Bed: IKEA Noresund
    • Lamps: IKEA Lampen
    • Ceiling fan: Minka-Aire, bought on Amazon.com

OFFICE

    • Bookcases: Crate and Barrel
    • Chair & Lamp: Grandmother's hand-me-down
    • Curtain tie backs: Urban Outfitters

BALCONY

    • Retro green patio furniture from Lowes

Thanks, Jen & Eric!

Images: Eric Hauser

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.

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