Jessica's Warm & Well-Traveled Loft

Jessica's Warm & Well-Traveled Loft

Sarah Rainwater
Nov 2, 2010

Name: Jessica Ricci
Location: The Westside — Providence, Rhode Island
Size: 1,700 square feet
Years lived in: 4 — owned

Jessica Ricci travels the world in search of inspiration for her jewelry designs and her home has become a happy beneficiary of her adventures. A fascinating mix of treasures that Jessica has collected from Peru to Paris are on display and lit with a glamorous collection of chandeliers.

The loft maintains plenty of details from its days as an industrial space, but the low ceilings give it an ultra-cozy feel despite the open floor plan. Dark, saturated walls add richness and mystery, while a row of windows allows tons of light to spill into the apartment. Jessica tempers the exoticism with an array of hand-me-downs and family heirlooms like an antique pasta maker — the only thing that her grandparents brought with them from Italy when they moved to the US. So no matter how far and wide her travels take her, she's always got a sweet place to come home to.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic, warm, loungy, mottled with my grandmother's classic furniture and pieces that I have collected while traveling. The style has a sense of east meets west with the drama of chandeliers and icons from diverse spiritual traditions

Inspiration: Comfortable elements from different cultures & I'm especially inspired by ABC Carpet & Home in New York City.

Favorite Element: I love the steel elevator shaft doors. They help to separate the dining area and remind me of the space's industrial past. There is a big mirror that was my grandmother's that seems to make everyone and everything look more beautiful in its reflection.

What Friends Say: They always mention how comfortable it is, which I really like because I always want people to feel comfortable in my home.

Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom. It's just pretty ugly and I would love to fix it some day.

Proudest DIY: That would be printing my photos on canvas and using furniture tacks to mail them to a wooden frame I had made for the photos.

Biggest Indulgence: I "Indulged" in my chandeliers when I had a place in New York City. They were worth it though, since I still have them.

Best Advice: Everything doesn't have to match, but it's nice for things to have the same "feel" about them, which can come through cold or warm hues or tone. I feel strongly about being connected to the pieces in my home.

Resources of Note:

• Furniture: Mostly hand-me-downs

• Accessories: Things I've picked up in my travels

• Lighting: ABC Carpet & Home

• Artwork: Peruvian icons, photos that I have printed onto canvas

Thanks, Jessica!

Images: Sarah Rainwater

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