Inside Out: James' Jersey City Showcase

Inside Out: James' Jersey City Showcase

Jill Slater
Aug 22, 2007

Name: James
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Size: 660 sq ft one bedroom
Years Lived in: 2.5 years

This week's tour comes to us remotely. James is proud of all he has carved out of his Jersey City apartment and wanted to share.

So he got in touch and sent me these shots of his home. He has a lot to be excited about...

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James has put together a very personal home on a very limited budget. The pieces come together as a result of patience, a willingness to search, and the ability to DIY to the extent needed. Inside Out is most impressed with James' DIY grasscloth installation on his bedroom wall!

Renovating, redecorating, rethinking a home is "in his blood" as James says. Growing up, his parents were always changing a room or two, and would ask for James' thoughts and input along the way. From them, he learned to take a traditional approach but add a surprise here and there--a bold color or an unusual texture and to enjoy it! Never regret.

AT Survey:

Style: I always used to say my style was eccentric--boozy Grandmother moves in with Andy Warhol.
Inspiration: My collection of 1970's Better Homes and Gardens I used to tear through as a kid (in vinyl binders!), more currently Thom Filicia and Jonathan Adler
Favorite Element: right now it's my "Tomato" leather "Theatre" Sofa from DWR... before you get excited, I got it from the OUTLET in Secaucus, NJ which is the SINGLE BEST resource for values in the entire area.
Biggest Challenge:painting 10 ft ceilings myself, working around granite and cabinets I wouldnt have picked (kitchen was done 3 years before I moved in)
What Friends Say: "I cant believe this is in Jersey City!" (hello, it's only 10 minutes to the West Village); "Where did you FIND all this stuff?" "I never thought this would work together, but somehow it does."
Biggest Embarrassment:That star over the bed is completely overplayed and borderline "countrified" but I love it.
Proudest DIY: All of it.... this apt really is my pride and joy .
Biggest Indulgence: It's the sofa, but I have to say it was reduced to $1200 from $3600, so it's not even that crazy a spend. I don't think anything in the house was more than a few hundred bucks.
Best Advice: When you see something you like, BUY it. It's NEVER there when you go back. And trust your taste.... 95% of the time you're right.
Dream Source: garage sales, flea markets, anyone's parents house, DWR (when I can swing it), HomeGoods (Dont laugh! It's worth seeking out. It's Marshalls/TJMaxx's "all home" division.)

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