Jessica's Vintage Vibe

Jessica's Vintage Vibe

Annie Werbler
Nov 16, 2009

Name: Jessica Hische (and her cats Olive and Billy)
Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn NYC
Size: 770 square feet
Years lived in: 1

We on Apartment Therapy have checked in with illustrator and typographer Jessica Hische from time to time, showcasing her Delightful Hand-Crafted Initial Caps (used to the left) and Letterpress Alphabet Posters. It comes as no surprise that her home is as finely tailored as her work.

Jessica has created a practical live/work space in her one-bedroom apartment by crafting zones dedicated to the different functions required of her home. Using airy bookcases, the loft-like main room is separated into an intimate dining area and also a living room complete with a sleek television atop flat file storage. A desk stationed just beyond the bedroom makes use of an isolated nook by transforming it into studio space where about half of her graphic work gets accomplished. What attracted Jessica to the pre-war brick building is the way it remains a seamless part of her low-rise neighborhood while still enjoying a tasteful renovation within.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: My apartment style pretty much matches my illustration work. Bold but sophisticated colors, a bit of vintage flair but (I hope) not overpoweringly vintagey.

Inspiration: See above + mid-century furniture and any type-related art I can get my hands on.

Favorite Element: The photo my boyfriend took of the topless girl (with perfect boobs) in the weird fake plant environment and "Just give me a fucking chance!" on my living room wall (by Alex DaCorte).

Biggest Challenge: Being patient enough to buy pieces one at a time instead of doing a massive catalog spree. I had almost no furniture when I moved in since I went from always having roommates to a studio (with very little furniture) to a 1.5 bedroom.

What Friends Say: "It feels really warm and comfortable, but not in a La-Z-Boy way."

Biggest Embarrassment: Hiring an "expert wallpaperer" from Craigslist who basically stole my money. I did a better job myself later.

Proudest DIY: Wallpapering and hanging the chair rail (especially on the folding closets).

Biggest Indulgence: Useful: washer and dryer IN THE APARTMENT (!!); Useless/decorative: hired a contractor to wallpaper the ceiling in my kitchen with a tin-ceilingish wallpaper.

Best Advice: Be smart about buying expensive things. Buy some good quality furniture, and the little stuff can be cheap/IKEA.

Dream Source: A bit off topic, but in a dream world I would have a big Vandercook #4 press in my apartment.

Resources: Apartment Therapy, my own tastes, lots of window shopping in Brooklyn and Manhattan

• pine hardwood (came with apartment)
• CB2 and Anthropologie rugs

• "recycling center" aka bureau, vintage from Portmanteau in Williamsburg
• coat hooks from Anthropologie
• "bless this mess" by Ryan Jacob Smith
• Umbra mail holder from The Container Store

• came with the house! (except for the microwave, which I bought)
• countertop is caesar stone (which I actually hate, gets watermarks like crazy)
• painted the backsplash black because it was originally really cheap generic tile
• top is lit by circuit lights from IKEA - really easy, temporary, and cheap!
• table lamp from IKEA
• ceiling chandelier from lighting store in Philadelphia's Chinatown
• ceiling wallpaper from Graham & Brown
• chaise lounge from Craigslist years ago
• Nelson Swag Leg kitchen table
• Room & Board book shelves
• art: my work + a John Hendrix drawing (art trade!) + photo taken by boyfriend of topless lady + "More is More" by Alex Trochut + Polaroids and random ephemera

Living Room
• Nelson Saucer Pendant lamp
• flat files (bought from former boss for cheap)
• filing cabinets from Junk in Williamsburg
• credenza from Ugly Luggage in Williamsburg
• small bookshelf from IKEA
• mirror from Craigslist
• sofa from Room & Board
• carpet from CB2
• coffee table from Craigslist (search "slat bench" and you'll find one)
• wallpaper from Graham & Brown
• black floor lamp from IKEA
• "Pen is mightier" art by Seb Lester
• "Just give me a fucking chance!" by Alex DaCorte
• Lots of fake plants all over the house from various flower district shops in NYC (the cats eat real plants and throw up, so I have to have all fake ones)

• George Nelson from DWR desk
• used Eames management chair
• Chilewich floor mat
• vintage cabinet from Portmanteau in Williamsburg
• shelves made out of stair treds and IKEA brackets
• mostly my art
• Twemco flip clock
• huge Epson 3800 printer

• fixtures came with the apartment
• my parents' wedding photo (have to take down when either party visits as they are no longer together)
• shower curtain from Anthropologie
• cat littler box in vanity is actually a bamboo newspaper bin from The Container Store
• branch hooks from Urban Outfitters

• Room & Board bed
• garbage picked large dresser
• vintage small dresser from Portmanteau in Williamsburg
• rug from CB2
• Lane from Craigslist end table
• fancier lamp has an IKEA base and Anthropologie shade
• globe pendant lamps from Chinatown held together in one ceiling mount (I think it cost about $100 total to make)
• IKEA bedside lamp
• IKEA mirrors
• IKEA duvet
• art: Steve Harrington (above bed) and various
• curtains (bedroom and living room): crinkley sheers + DKNY blackout curtains, all from Bed Bath & Beyond

Thanks Jessica!

Images: Annie Werbler

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