A Neutral Townhouse Condo Shared by a Small Family

A Neutral Townhouse Condo Shared by a Small Family

Diana Paulson
Sep 27, 2017

Name: Jackie Blair
Location: Lake Orion, Michigan
Size: 882 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, rented

Jackie is a photographer and social media creative who loves to travel. She lives in a townhouse condo with her son and her new puppy. By keeping her condo neutral and simple, she has turned it into a peaceful hangout spot where they can all play and relax. Though living in the rented space comes with its challenges, Jackie strives to add the family's personality wherever possible.

"I felt very lucky to have this condo after not having my own place for over a year," Jackie says. "I applied for it one spring, but the couple who owns it chose someone else. Lo and behold, six months later, it was available again so I got it!" The home itself is cozy, but Jackie acknowledges it isn't perfect. "There are design limitations like the carpet, light fixtures, and wall color."

To distract from those elements she dislikes, Jackie brings only things she loves into her home: family heirlooms, art and photos, lots of black and white accessories, and her West Elm sofa she loves so much. "I waited months to get it," she says about her hunt for the perfect sofa. "I was scouring Craigslist for a good deal. I almost considered buying my sectional new, and then the very next day, the exact one I was interested in was listed on Craigslist for half the price by a home stager. Good things come to those who wait!"

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Neutral Boho Modern

Inspiration: My travels, and black and white simplicity.

Favorite Element: Black and white textiles, travel finds, my bookcase, and custom art.

Biggest Challenge: The dining space and bar!

What Friends Say: They love the style and immediate say something when they walk in the door.

Biggest Embarrassment: The home's ceiling fans, the laundry is in the kitchen, and the lack of a dining table and bed frames! I'm still making decisions on investments.

Proudest DIY: The tripod lamp was a challenge. It still has its quirks. I like to make my art feel custom — so I tend to customize frames and finishes for the decor of my home, like my grandparents' vintage photo frame that I put around a metallic dry erase board to mix old with new function.

Biggest Indulgence: My West Elm couch.

Best Advice: Look for what you love that exactly fits your need, invest in pieces slowly, don't overbuy on trendy decor that you'll tire of the next season.

Dream Sources: West Elm, and the mixture of my favorite places to travel like Nashville, Nepal, Traverse City, and my very own Detroit.


Chaise sectional — West Elm
TV unit in walnut — IKEA
Bookcases — IKEA
Glass desk — IKEA
Grey ottoman — Homegoods
Rug — Pottery Barn
Black and white geometric pillow cover — Qatar airport
Black and grey throw blanket — Kathmandu Market in Nepal
Faux fur platinum throw — West Elm
White pillow covers — IKEA
Faux fur pillow covers —Pottery Barn
Brass and wood lamps (second one in master bedroom) — Target
Tripod lamp — DIY with grey lampshade from Target and IKEA cord
Iron eagle — Heirloom
Wood and iron hook — HomeGoods
Art print — Katy Ann Gilmore
Detroit sign — Eastern Market in Detroit
Marble case candles — Bath & Body Works

Decade-old iron outdoor chairs — Bed Bath & Beyond
Black and silver round accent table — Gift from family
Rug — HomeGoods
Branch bucket — DIY, painted from HomeGoods
Birch branches — Sourced from friends and dead branches
Dakota adjustable counter stool — Target
Brown leather and ivory throw pillows — Target
Venice photograph — Grandfather Adrian Vanderlinde

Black and white wool runner — Nate Berkus for Target
Wood bowl — HomeGoods
Glass and wood coffee canister — Target
Metallic dry erase frame — DIY

Cowhide rug — IKEA
White diamond duvet — West Elm
Hand-painted accent pillow cover — West elm
Velvet pillow cover — West Elm
White chair — IKEA
Curtain Rods — Target
Gray woven grommet curtain panels — Target
Leaning mirror — IKEA
Steel and bamboo phone base — Grovemade
Art prints — Cy Twombly

Cushion cover — IKEA
Duvet cover —Target
Striped throw blanket — IKEA
Geometric pillow — Target
Curtain rods — Target
Curtain panels — HomeGoods
Boat blueprint — HomeGoods
Desk — Target
Bookcase — Target
Rug — Target
Banner — Target
Dakota adjustable counter stool — Target
K marquee light — Target
Art print drawing — Katy Ann Gilmore
Blue stone frame — HomeGoods
Canvas black and white portait — Taken myself ( jackieblair.me)

Thanks, Jackie!

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