Name: Ila & Nate
Location: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Size: 700 square feet
Years lived in: 4.5
When you step into Ila and Nate's 700 square foot condo, you can see from one end of the space straight down to the other. However, they brilliantly mitigated the alley effect by using a different saturated color in each room, causing the eye to want to stop and take stock of the visual delights in each distinct space. But they didn't stop there.
After your eye peruses the color corridor, from red living room to blue dining room to yellow kitchen to plum hallway to green bedroom, you land on a giant vintage mirror leaning on the bedroom wall. The genius placement of the mirror then sends your eye back into the rest of the space, seeing the reflected colors of the rooms in reverse. The effect is an infinite delight of color and a space that feels grander than 700 square feet.
Our favorite elements: the aforementioned use of color and reflection, with a specific shout-out to the delicious blue in the dining room; the artwork, especially the giant framed print in the dining room; the dining room chandelier (clearly we had an extra special crush on their dining room); the green curtains in the kitchen (Ila scored these in the bottom of a sale basket at Anthropologie for $5!!); the wall of books in the bedroom; the juxtaposition of traditional and modern style; and the copious natural light. Ila and Nate have created a wonderfully inviting home. It was hard to walk away.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our style: Whimsical Modern Vintage
Inspiration: My sister Anjali's art work hung up in almost every room in the house, and our travels to different places around the world
Favorite Element: My sister's painting hanging up in the dining room — the whole space was decorated around that piece. Also the deconstructed chandelier hanging in the kitchen picture window.
Biggest Challenge: Making the most out of what is really a very small space for two people
What Friends Say: It's so you!
Biggest Embarrassment: An unpatched spot on the ceiling — so hard to find the time to fix it!
Proudest DIY: Installing our own light fixtures (a lot easier than it seems!)
Biggest Indulgence: Handpainted wall treatments by Chroma Lab
Best advice: Invest in a few showstoppers — they make a HUGE difference!
RESOURCES OF NOTE
- • Chroma Lab - wall treatments in the hallway and colorful, bold, refinished furniture pieces in bedroom
• Design Public& Velocity - unique lighting fixtures
• Anthropologie - interesting accents
• Marimekko & DwellStudio - textiles
• Design Within Reach
• antique and vintage stores all around the region
• textiles, prints, wall hangings from our travels
Thanks, Ila & Nate!
Images: Kyle Freeman