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: DEN
    • 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

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

LIVING ROOM
    • 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

KITCHEN
    • 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

BEDROOM
    • 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

OFFICE
    • 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

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