This Apartment Has a Bold Red Kitchen and a Fabulous Floral Sofa Passed Down for Generations

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This is the living room, which has a couch that has been passed down for generations.

Name: Dani Peck, partner, dog, and cat
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My partner Nick and I have lived in this apartment for two years with our black lab Zoey and recently adopted cat Libby. This was our first apartment after moving in together, so I’ve learned to live with his book obsession and he has learned to live with my love for plants. We fell in love with the charming tree-lined street and the quirky parts of this old Cambridge apartment.

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The living room's photo wall made from old family pictures.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Scandinavian-inspired, cozy bohemian.

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What is your favorite room and why? The dining room. We originally had this room be our TV/living room, but recently rearranged it to better fit our morning ritual and entertaining style. The blue chairs next to the window have become our cozy nook for drinking coffee every day before work, with the Libby in Nick’s lap and Zoey in mine. We added the round table to be a perfect place to play board games with our closest friends that we host once a week.

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The reading and coffee nook.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? Definitely counter space in the kitchen. From the looks of it, it seems like a big kitchen, but there is ZERO counter space, so we’ve had to get creative when cooking. We found a butcher block table from IKEA to put next to the stove, and that’s pretty much it for cooking space.

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The kitchen and entrance.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The tall alocasia plant in the living room from one of my favorite plant stores in Boston, Mahoney’s Garden Center. Before that, it was the jute rug in the dining room from RugsUSA.

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Any advice for creating a home you love? Start by getting inspiration of what you like and understand the style you want for your home. When decorating a space, I build a collection of photos of what I like and pick out the essential elements of the room. That becomes my shopping list of things to buy, thrift, or borrow from my family. Also, never buy all your home decor from one place. If all your furniture and decor pieces are from one store, it starts to look like a catalogue instead of a unique expression of your personal style.

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