A Salt Lake City Apartment That is One Part Home, One Part Textile Studio

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Name: Noelle
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

I live in a vintage one-bedroom, one-studio, living/dining room, with a porch in downtown Salt Lake City after relocating from Chicago two years ago. There are so many amazing little details that make this apartment timelessly beautiful. It faces east towards the Wasatch Mountains, and in the morning and throughout the day there is so much light I rarely turn on my lights. Which is a good thing because there is only one electrical outlet per room!

In the living room/dining room there are two half arches with little windows that act as a room separator; I like to keep books and succulents on them. I’ve been lucky to be involved and work within the textile community, therefore I have a great collection of rugs from all over the world, my favorites being Navajo and Moroccan, both hand made.

I painted the walls white so I can hang my textile work to photograph. I have my grandmother’s old wooden dining room table and chairs and her vintage bookshelf on tiny metal wheels with glass/wooden french style doors, full of textile books and records.

The living room has; a mid-century style gray couch with wooden legs, my grandmother’s wool rug, jacquard weavings on the walls, a custom built rocking chair from Ashwood with a hand woven seat I designed for knitting with my wood working friend, bones, antlers, crystal and rocks from all over the world and a variety of cactus and succulents. My large Harrisville eight-harness wooden loom sits in the living room as well, which you can see from any angle of the apartment.

My weaving studio has a 100 year old four-harness wooden Gilmore floor loom, hand made by Mr. Gilmore, a Navajo loom, table top loom and multiple frame looms. Baskets and ceramic bowls hold wooden weaving tools, spools of yarn and rulers.

I have white IKEA floater frames with wool from Iceland on the main wall, as well as white boxes full of wool from all over the world. A wooden shelf holds four shelves of weaving yarn, sample books and weaving/knitting books. A white IKEA work table sits in the middle and holds my sewing machines and serger. My favorite part of the room is the tiny, somewhat random closet, which points out instead of in, and holds more books, yarn, skis and more outdoor gear. My studio faces the west, which looks at the Oquirrh Mountain range.

Thanks so much, Noelle!

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