House Tour: Paula & Brian's Cambridge Condo Rehab

House Tour: Paula & Brian's Cambridge Condo Rehab

Kyle Freeman
Jul 28, 2009

Name: Paula & Brian
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Size: 910 square feet
Years Lived In: owned since 2005

It's always a treat to do a house tour of a labor of love. Paula and Brian had great vision when they spotted this 2 bedroom, 1 office Cambridge condo. To say that their condo needed some TLC is an understatement of grand proportions. This gem-in-waiting needed an overhaul ("before" photos in the photo gallery after the jump...)

In 2005 Paula and Brian decided to take the home buying plunge. They had to use their imagination to envision turning an extremely dated (think bad wood wall paneling in the living room...) apartment, originally built in 1906, into a colorful modern space. And they did an extraordinary job!

Clearly these two don't shy away from color. The super bold palette of yellows and greens (and pink in Paula's dressing room!) feels like a fitting celebration of the love, determination and sweat that Paula and Brian invested in their home.

Our favorite details of their place include: Paula and Brian's great collection of original artwork; the circle rugs dotting their long hallway which playfully lure you from one end of the condo to the other; the painted grey kitchen floor; the soothing kitchen combination of shiny white cabinets with soft green walls; their use of primarily secondhand furniture; and of course, their fearless use of saturated wall colors.

Apartment Therapy House Tour Survey

Style: Mix of Minimalist Modern, IKEA, and second-hand finds

Favorite Element: Original art work and 9 foot ceilings

Biggest Challenge: Trying to make 910 square feet seem bigger than 910 square feet.

What Friends Say: "You really like bright colors."

Biggest Embarrassment: The office is still a dumping ground for clutter after nearly 4 years — we haven't done anything to that room yet, it is the final frontier.

Proudest DIY: Designing the kitchen ourselves.

Biggest Indulgence: Instant boiling filtered water faucet in the kitchen.

Best advice: Always overestimate cost and time.


Kitchen contractor: Jim Buni, Arborway Interior Renovation

Additional contract support for overall condo rehab: Douglas Weathersby, Environmental Services; Kevin Jackson Company

Art over couch in living room: Jeff Perrott

Wall hanging in foyer: Sheila Pepe

Kitchen artwork: Richard Anuszkiewicz

Bedroom artwork: Brian Zink

(Images: Kyle Freeman)

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