A 1960s Mod Vintage Home in Providence

A 1960s Mod Vintage Home in Providence

Emily Billings
Mar 3, 2017
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Name: Linzi Clary and Spencer Tubbs
Location: Providence, RI
Size: 1,150 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Rented

Linzi Clary and her boyfriend Spencer Tubbs have an eye for interiors and share a passion for mid-century design. Linzi, a fine arts graduate and designer at Speidel, and Spencer, a shopkeeper and musician, moved to Providence two years ago, combining their styles and passions to create one seriously mod and beautiful space that truly reflects their personalities.

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Spencer's musical elements merge effortlessly with Linzi's 1960s-inspired design and enviable collection of art. The couple is unfazed by DIY projects and they have decorated their apartment on a dime — a feat involving patience, an active imagination, and a good amount of elbow grease to transform their thrifty finds.

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Both Linzi and Spencer have been rocking their complementary styles for years, making the space full of elements rich with story and meaning. When other college students were decorating with youthful and clichéd college décor, Linzi and Spencer had hip dorm rooms with record players, red curtains, and framed artwork that made a statement. Now, years later, they continue to develop their strong sense of design and like any successful interior space, their home is constantly evolving. The art, the carefully-curated vintage finds, and the bold pops of color all combine to make this couple's style just perfect!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Playful Mid-century modern.

Inspiration: Anything 1960s mod.

Favorite Element: Linzi: The bright splashes of color (or anything red!). Spencer: The man couch and shag rug.

Biggest Challenge: Not buying everything from Ikea. I love Ikea and am not ashamed. That or deciding what artwork to hang.

What Friends Say: This is so you.

Biggest Embarrassment: The TV stand droops so we fixed it with a can of vegetable soup that rests on the radiator and supports the sagging center.

Proudest DIY: The 1964 dining chairs that were painted an unfortunate lime green. I stripped the paint (which was a feat in itself), sanded, and stained the chairs. I also reupholstered the seat cushions.

Biggest Indulgence: The red Ikea chair; it was the only thing I paid full price for new (and the only thing over $200).

Best Advice: You really do not need to spend a lot of money. If you want nice things you can buy vintage and fix them up. And just keep your apartment clean- everything looks better clean!


Bench — made by Linzi
Cushions — Walmart

Yellow table — vintage
Lamp — 1920s fixture original to the apartment
Bubble paintings — Linzi Clary

Couch — Ikea
Big red chair — Ikea
Round red chair — Craigslist
Side table — Ikea
Sensitis print — Herb Lubalin design printed by Lara McCormick
Coffee table — vintage from Linzi's elementary school with new hairpin legs
TV stand — Ikea shelf with vintage hairpin legs
Floral footstool — vintage from Rocket to Mars
Speakers — passed down to Spencer from his dad
Record player — Techniques Sl1200mk2
Theremin — thrift shop
Crocheted blanket — made by Linzi's great grandmother
Bob Dylan Poster — Milton Glaser design

Desk — Ikea top with legs from Lowe's
Green lamp — Home Depot
Burke Chairs — vintage (spray painted white)
Keyboard — Yamaha Clavinova Electric Piano
Curtains — Ikea
Bookshelves — Big Lots (painted teal)
Portrait paintings — Linzi Clary
Interior painting — Kyle B Turner
Limes and garlic paintings — Pegean Koch
Thirteenth Floor Elevators poster — reprint of vintage design
White drawers — Ikea

Table — Ikea Doksta
Chairs — vintage (refinished and reupholstered)
Hutch — vintage (painted)
Cat lady screen print — Emily Billings
Round portrait painting — Linzi Clary

Bed — Ikea (bought on sale)
Nightstands — Ikea (bought on sale)
Dresser — Linzi's family heirloom
Bedding — Crate & Barrel
Rug — Crate & Barrel
Chair — vintage
Suitcases — vintage

Lightbulb painting — Linzi Clary

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Thanks, Linzi & Spencer!

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