Jeremy & Joe's Collections with History

Jeremy & Joe's Collections with History

Sarah Rainwater
Jul 20, 2011

Name: Jeremy, Joe, & Lucy the dog
Location: East Side — Providence, Rhode Island
Size: 2 Bedrooms, office, double-parlor living rooms
Years lived in: 3 — rented

Jeremy, a type designer, and Joe, a writer, share their historic Providence home with an adorable French Bulldog named Lucy and a fascinating collection of objects and art they've acquired or inherited. The history behind each piece reveals the pair's love of typography, design, and a good story.

Knowing the apartment might be temporary, Jeremy and Joe filled it with well-chosen furnishings from IKEA, garage sales, and thrift shops — creating a space that mixes personality with livability. They've found a number of ways to make their rental feel more permanent without altering the space — from covering the walls with art instead of paint to lighting with floor lamps to finding a less wall-damaging way to trick out their IKEA Mandal headboard.

Next month, the couple packs up and leaves the spacious rental for a new home in Minneapolis, but even as they start their next chapter, their possessions serve as sentimental reminders of their collective and personal histories.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Comfortable and eclectic.

Inspiration: A typeface designer and a writer... It would have to be letters and words.

Favorite Element: Our dog, Lucy.

Biggest Challenge: Old windows and cold winters make for drafty apartments.

What Friends Say: People love the circular layout and the amount of space. They ask: How much do you pay? and When are you moving out?

Biggest Embarrassment: When we were installing the headboard in the master bedroom, we had an accident with the drill. There's a large hole in the wall. We covered it up with a small post-it note. That was three years ago, and no one has ever said a thing about it.

Proudest DIY: The hacked Ikea Mandal Headboard — read this post about its creation.

Biggest Indulgence: Art, specifically art dedicated to typography, but also books. We have shelves and shelves of books, and then boxes of books tucked away.

Best Advice: Collect and curate objects that you love and want to spend time with in your home.

Resources of Note:


    • Jake Sofa purchased at Moon River Chattel in Brooklyn, NY
    • Industrial table and typewriter table from Vinny's Antiques in Seekonk, MA
    • Illuminated Globe from eBay
    • Animal Pillows: Areaware
    • Wool Throw Blanket: Alafoss Interiors in Iceland
    • Vintage Posters: Franciszek Starowieyski / Saul Steinberg
    • Steel chairs: Jeremy's mom found these at a garage sale in Ohio
    • Reclaimed Railroad Tie Coffee Table from Viva Terra


    • Framed pages from a 1950's air force manual describing lenses.


    • Sofa and Chair: Ikea
    • Vintage Printing Table: found at a garage sale
    • "R" from Rhode Island Antique Mall
    • Brass Lamps: $2 at a garage sale
    • Cast Iron Ampersand, Blocks (on coffee table) and printed pillows by House Industries
    • Glass Kitty Cat from Vinny's Antiques
    • Alarm clock: a Pawtucket garage sale
    • Coffee Table: (Stockholm) from Ikea
    • Oil Lamp: handcrafted by Joe's grandfather
    • Vintage Medicine Bottles from an antique store in Provincetown, MA and filled with sand from Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland and Vieques, Puerto Rico
    • Cast Plaster end tables: garage sale find
    • Throw blanket and rug: Ikea


    • Vintage kitchen table and chairs from Joe's Grandparents farmhouse. His mother ate at that table when she was five years old. (Same upholstery!)
    • Photograph by John Caserta
    • "Cats Fighting" by Dasha Shiskin
    • F from the Brimfield Antique Show


    • Green Fan-back Chair from Joe's Grandmother (He learned to read in that chair!)
    • Sapien Bookcase: DWR (Slightly damaged. So it was gifted to us — Free!)
    • Small Table: garage sale find
    • Quilt: Inhabit
    • Blanket is actually a picnic cloth by Steven Alan from their warehouse sale
    • Mandal Headboard and Bed: Ikea
    • Photograph of Lucy flying by Patrick Figueroa
    • Josef Frank print Pillows from Kreatelier in Providence, RI
    • Jack Pierson Slow photograph purchased from Printer Matter NYC
    • Clip Lights: Ikea
    • Rugs: Ikea
    • Lamp: eBay
    • Wool Throw Blanket: Alafoss Interiors in Iceland

GUEST BEDROOM (or The Grandma Suite)

    • Linens: DwellStudio
    • Grandma's menagerie from various garage sales and antique shops
    • Painting and frame: eBay
    • Photographs: Business Surplus in Providence, RI


    • Desk: purchased by our friends, the previous tenants, and left behind because it is so enormous and so heavy
    • Steelcase Chair: found at an antique shop in southern Rhode Island
    • Photographs: Esoule on Etsy
    • Tote bag from Village
    • Ten Primary Cloud Formations screen print (glows in the dark!) purchased from Etsy (No longer available)
    • Blue Eiffel Chair: DWR in Providence, RI (purchased during their close-out sale)
    • French Bulldog pillow from TwinkleLiving
    • Eventide "M" print from House Industries (drawn by Jeremy)
    Letterboxes by John Caserta and Jeremy from The Design Office in Providence, RI

Thanks, Jeremy & Joe!

Images: Sarah Rainwater

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