I moved from Columbus, Ohio to Cambridge, Massachusetts one month ago to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and am excited to share my new place with you! To be honest, the space is totally beat, but it is the only place I could find from 1000 miles away that would allow a dog. Fortunately, the building has good bones, and it turns out that my stuff looks great in here!
I acquired almost all of my furniture in Columbus except for a few last-minute things I picked up at IKEA. Many items are from local shops / vendors: Collier West (previously featured on Apartment Therap), Grandview Mercantile, and The Boomerang Room. The vintage map is from eBay and the set of 4 Herman Miller chairs were purchased off the side of the road for $7! Urban Outfitters and Crate & Barrel are often my go-to for small accessories and all of the paintings were done by my brother.
One major challenge was that I had to give up my sofa since it would not fit up the stairs. But, as a result, the 460 square foot space seems incredibly roomy! The apartment is also short on closet space, so I have a free-standing clothes rack in the bedroom.
One of the main places I look at for design inspiration is retail stores — particularly the way items are organized and laid out for display. This design method works well with books, but also things like jewelry, accessories, and decorative items.
Thanks for all of the fun and inspiration!
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