A Vintage Seller’s Massachusetts Home Is Filled With Great One-of-a-Kind Pieces

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A living room with a white sofa and white walls
The 625-square-foot first floor consists of our open floor living room and kitchen.

Name: Daphne Polselli
Location: Fall River, Massachusetts
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 825 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

The lofted upstairs studio is connected to the bedroom.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This is the first space where I’ve had the complete freedom (and the means) to do whatever I want. A few of the most important principles when designing the space were keeping a balance of minimalism and maximalism, utilization of storage space, and providing the perfect backdrop for vintage treasures and art. Luckily for me, my partner isn’t as picky about which vase to display and where, but I’m always trying to honor both our styles and interests — which is a fun challenge.

Vintage Risley style stools in the kitchen.

I’m an artist and my partner is a musician, so we are always expressing ourselves whether it’s conscious or not. With regards to our home, there isn’t a thing that wasn’t considered, from the floor plan to the utensils, so I’d say it’s all a reflection of us! It has always been really important for me to consolidate and only keep objects I love, and as a designer for a wall art company as well as a vintage seller @virga on Instagram, the apartment is a revolving door of objects and art. An important room that really reflects us is our shared studio, where our makeshift double computer desk (an outdoor terrazzo table from cb2) houses our photoshopping and music software.

The bedroom as seen from a vintage studio glass vanity mirror.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, moody, refined yet unusual

Custom built-ins that house some of our favorite vintage and art pieces.

What is your favorite room and why? Our favorite room is probably the living room. It’s the first thing you see when you enter, and it contains some of our absolute favorite pieces: an ’80s waterfall style tessellated stone coffee table and the crown jewel 1920s Czech glass decanter that lives in our custom built-in shelves. It’s where we spend most of our time and entertain, and it leads directly to our second favorite space, the kitchen.

Shelves above the sink that hold some more favorites such as Brutalist candleholders from my friend Kadeeja at Amo Domus.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I found for my home is a vintage black iridescent raku vase. It was initially going to be listed in the shop, but I couldn’t resist keeping it, at least for a little while.

An original framed Maurice Savin painting sourced in Bridgewater, MA.

Any advice for creating a home you love? It takes time! Don’t be so precious and let it be lived in!

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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