Ben and Joanne's Sweet First Home

Ben and Joanne's Sweet First Home

Rebecca Orlov
Dec 16, 2009

Name: Ben and Joanne
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Size: 1,405 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years

When young couple, Ben and Joanne of Calle Pompon, contacted Apartment Therapy to share a few photos of their sweet home, we were happy to share a full house tour with you readers. Newlyweds and new graduates (Joanne's an artist), the couple has been truly thoughtful about their space and smart with their budget. Being resourceful while keeping the integrity of their design style (like their amazing DIY credenza), they created a lovely home that works for them in a gated neighborhood of tract homes.

AT Survey:

Our style: Cheery, clean and collected. New and old.

Inspiration: The bits and pieces of our road together through life, which we eventually like to carry into our creative living space. We enjoy living in the spirit of our time even if it means bringing in something old into our home; we give its new birth…being resourceful, it's always good to work with what you have.

Favorite Element: Our friendly and safe neighborhood and being able to feel comfortable to ask Charlie, our neighbor to borrow a wrench. As well as being able to entertain and having the appropriate space to.

Biggest Challenge: Making our home feel as if we are not living in a common tract home in Las Vegas and doing it as sufficient as possible with a limited "student" budget. A lot of Las Vegas homes tend to all look the same since everything is so new in the city. If you were to step Downtown Las Vegas, you would find and feel much more of that old Las Vegas culture, which is pretty rare. Along the downtown area, some of the homes from the 1950's still stand, which are all very admirable, however we chose our neighborhood on the grounds that it was very inviting with it's own neighborhood park, and all of it's lush landscaping that ranch homes tend to have.

121609_benjoanne03.jpgWhat Friends Say: Warm, fun, and welcoming.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our cream-mudded walls and carpet…like I said, as a young married couple still in school, we have a limited budget. Although, the majority of our home has a restricted color to a monotone, we have worked well with this by adding color to everything else, so it becomes quite colorful.

Proudest DIY: Our vintage sewing machine desk converted into a garden potting table. And our recent garage sale find, a vintage credenza worked into a much more sleek and contemporary look with a built-in wine storage made from concrete, pvc pipe, and painted throughout.

Biggest Indulgence: The beer glass collection that we have contributed to for the past four years. We have glasses that we've brought back from everywhere we've traveled, and each one has a it's unique story. For instance in Argentina, where we tracked down the delivery truck man of Quilmes Cerveza, but had no luck. Then after many attempts on asking the bartenders of different bars, we finally got not one, but two sold to us for 30 pesos! On the plane ride home, they ended up breaking, but we anxiously added a bit of super glue and wa-la, it had it's place waiting for in the beer glass cabinet.

Best advice: "You kids, there is a lot of cheap, and poorly made furniture out there to purchase, save some money, buy a good piece of furniture, and have it last forever", given by a sweet, Italian lady that rents a booth from our favorite antique shop in town, Red Rooster.

Dream source: The second hand stores and flea markets from every place we travel to. And as far as an actual store, probably the one I had the opportunity to visit, Coco-Mat in Madrid, Spain, lovely products.


Guest bedroom- Nightstand from Red Rooster Antique Shop, dresser from Target, three-tier shelf from Savers Thrift Store
Master bedroom- Ikea, Ashley's Furniture; (nightstands, reworked and redesigned), Red Rooster Antique Shop, Antiques At The Market. Ikea Malm bed frame
Kitchen- Target, hand me downs, vintage credenza from garage sale (painted & reworked), Opportunity Village.

Lighting: Lowes, Target, Red Rooster Antique Shop, Salvation Army, vintage chandelier (painted & redecorated)

Valspar Paint

Rugs and carpets:
Brown shag rug from Home Fabrics.

Art: In loft, Cubumbian by my good friend, Emily Scott, old vintage records with amazing design work, collage & random artwork by me.
In living room & kitchen, Seattle Neighborhood by Ork Posters, Quilmes Cerveza prints from Ebay, Dave Kinsey print from Upper Playground and other random finds.
In office, Bigfoot original painting

DIY projects: DIY project, vintage sewing machine table reworked into a garden table.

(Thanks, Joanne and Ben!)

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