Name: Wes, Kayla & Bacon
Location: Brookline, Massachusetts
Size: 990 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 Years
Begin with an architect and a graphic designer — engaged but living separately. Move them into a big apartment in need of a holistic overhaul, merge all their earthly possessions, and make them freelancers for Apartment Therapy. Toss in a Bacon and a wedding. Sprinkle with do-overs. Simmer for about a year and you'll end up in our home.
We dove into cohabitation with an aggressive game plan, a literal floor plan, and an acknowledgement that with a new puppy and a wedding in the works, we were probably in over our heads. But we didn't let that or the dark wood paneling stop us. Patience is the best tool we can recommend when it comes to creating a home with another person. It's not going to be perfect and it's not going to be quick. But like breaking in a great pair of jeans, the fit will eventually be effortless and so comfortable you never want to leave.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our style: Modern & eclectic
Inspiration: The homes of friends and family that have been lived in for many years and feel effortless yet refined and personal.
Favorite Element: The combination of Mid-Century, contemporary modern, and custom made pieces that are finally starting to feel a little more timeless.
Biggest Challenge: Wes leans more toward severe, stark modern spaces while Kayla favors high contrast, graphic spaces. Merging our individual design tendencies and creating a warm, textured home we can both relax in and enjoy.
What Friends Say: Hello Bacon!
Biggest Embarrassment: Peeling paint in the foyer, which only began after we re-painted the foyer the second time; the pink bathroom sink and tub; never ending trail of stuffed animal "brains" that Bacon leaves everywhere (see top image); and the one fallen pot on the purple wall (it's getting fixed soon).
Proudest DIY: Sanding, priming and painting all the dingy, old wood paneling and doors to make the front and back of the apartment more cohesive, and putting new drywall in the hallway.
Biggest Indulgence: Blu Dot Bonnie and Clyde sofas, our first joint furniture purchase right before we moved in; a spontaneously purchased card catalog; 6 new Eiffel bases for our vintage Eames shells in the dining room, which family members purchased as wedding presents (Thank You).
Best advice: Take your time and do it right, rushing isn't worth it a year later. Buy things you love to develop your own style and when you see something you like try to understand why you like it so you know what to look for in future pieces.
Dream source: (Wes) Moss, a barn full of old shaker antiques, and a sale of modern art at Christie's; (Kayla) a letterpress studio clearance
Resources of Note (furnishings, hardware, appliances & materials):
Paint & Colors:
- Living Room: Benjamin Moore Silver Fox / Benjamin Moore Aura Caponata
- Foyer: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee
- Dining Room: Custom Mix
- Hallway: Benjamin Moore Sweet Pear; trim: Benjamin Moore Sailcloth
- Kitchen: Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper; Benjamin Moore Chalkboard paint
- Bedroom: Benjamin Moore Aura Blue Echo
- Bench: Vessel
- Rug: Angela Adams
- Table and Shelves custom Made by Wes
- Jasper Morrison Air Chairs
- Puppy by Eero Aarnio (DWR)
- Tord Boontje Midsummer Light
- Couches: Bonnie and Clyde by Blu Dot
- Coffee Table: Stut table by Blu Dot
- Rug: Flor Stampede
- Chairs: LCM and RAR by Charles and Ray Eames
- Toto light cube from DWR
- Weegee Floor Lamp (Design Public)
- Table: Vintage Danish teak hand me down
- Vintage Eames Shell chairs refurbished with new bases and Penetrol
- Desk 51 by Blu Dot
- Desk Chair: Panton Chair (DWR)
- Card Catalog: Craigslist from Harvard Fogg Art Museum
- Rug: Flor Next in Line
- Wall: Vitra Algue
- Rug: Flor Thick and Thin
- Bed: IKEA Malm
- Duvet: Dwell Chinoiserie
- Curtain: Until Dawn Curtain by Tord Boontje
- Tables: Toto Cube lamp and Offi Mag table
- IKEA Closet System (See posts below)
- Curtain: Marimekko
- Custom made island by Wes
Much of our home's progress has been charted on this very blog and for those of you who shared your opinions, offered suggestions and references, or just gave us a thumbs up along the way, we thank you. Here is a list of projects that got us here:
- Our Moving Tips
- Transforming Dark Wood Paneling, Kitchen and Hallway and then some more
- Our Dining Room Closet Overhaul
- Our Sliding Closet Solution in the Bedroom
- Deciding on the Purple (Aubergine) Wall
- Hanging the Wall of Ceramic Pots
- Un-Color Coordinating Our Books
- Choosing a Coffee Table (in our living room's former state)
- Our Perfect Desk Chair
- On Rearranging Furniture Frequently and Looking at it with a Fresh Perspective
- Our Growing Art Collage in the Foyer
- Bacon's Patchwork Door Mat
Images: Wes & Kayla Schwartz