House Tour: Adam and Alison's London Terrace Masterpiece

House Tour: Adam and Alison's London Terrace Masterpiece

Jill Slater
Nov 26, 2008

Name: Alison and Adam
Location: Chelsea
Size: 900 sqft one-bdrm rental (converted to 2 bdrm via one very large closet)
Lived in: 7 years in the building, 4 years in this apartment


Once you visit a London Terrace apartment, you don't forget it. And once you rent and live in a London Terrace apartment, it's hard to move away. For Adam and Alison, two young children--Sailor (2) and Lulu (5)--and a large dog are not enough of a motivation to leave their one bedroom London Terrace apartment...



The walls are thick, the rooms are generously sized, the pre-war moldings are in perfect condition, rent includes use of a 1920's-era mosaic lined Olympic-size swimming pool on the premises, and there are so many closets, that converting one to a bedroom was not a problem! So, for the time being, this will continue to serve as home. The plan when Sailor outgrows his crib (currently located in the master bedroom) is to put bunk beds in the addition (Lulu's play area).

Even though there is the constraint of space, Adam and Alison enjoy collecting stuff. They are discerning shoppers and realize that other things have to go in order to accommodate new acquisitions. In general, however, the furniture is long-lasting and much loved. So, there are not too much turnover. That is not to say, they don't have a lot of stuff. They just know how to hide it. There are cubbies, and storage bins, hidden shelves, and labeled boxes all over the apartment. Everything has its place. That which is visible is meant to contribute aesthetically, to the space.

And even though it's a rental, Adam and Alison have not hesitated to make it their own!!

While there is a lot going on here, I think few would call it cluttered. Rather, it feels open and invigorating. The photographs, the well chosen items, and the great music create a space you want to leap into and be inspired.

AT Survey:

Style: modern, eclectic, nostalgic, Pop

Inspiration: Retro-Reconfigured

Favorite Element: Pre-War

Biggest Challenge: Living in this space as family expands and ages

What Friends Say: love the Barbie storage crafted from hanging shoe rack

Biggest Embarrassment: what's in the fridge

Proudest DIY: building a bedroom out of a closet

Biggest Indulgence: Petrified tree stump that took four strong guys to get into the living room

Best Advice: "It ain't a museum." "Use practical magic."

Chandelier — Lighting by Gregory
Wallpaper— Cole & Son
Kitchen Table— West Elm
Vintage Vinyl— Rebel Rebel Records
Parents Bed, 1940's radio (serves as mantle place), Armoire (Lulu's dressing room), Hutch (to hold kids art supplies), Grain Bin (to hold blankets & sheets)- 26th street Flea Market
Instant wall art! —Blik vinyl


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