A Cocktail Blogger's Palm Springs-Inspired New Jersey Home

A Cocktail Blogger's Palm Springs-Inspired New Jersey Home

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Nancy Mitchell
Sep 10, 2018

Name: Natalie Jacob and Ethan Urban
Location: Jersey City, New Jersey
Size: 1,000 square foot apartment in a row house
Years lived in: 1 1/2 years, renting

Natalie Jacob has great taste across the board. As the beverage consultant and blogger behind Arsenic Lace, she knows good cocktails. Her colorful, playful interior design aesthetic—think ombre stairs and flamingo print in the back of a china cabinet—reaches every corner of the New Jersey home she shares with Ethan Urban. If there were only one word to describe Natalie's place, it would be fun—this is a home that's enjoyable, that appeals to the senses, and that is full of surprises.

In decorating the apartment, Natalie was inspired by a trip to Palm Springs, and the whole place feels a little bit like a vacation. There are a couple of Elvises, a few flamingos, and plants everywhere. The cheerful vibe of her blog and her Instagram is in full evidence here: Everywhere you look there's something colorful, cheeky, or both. There are also bottles of booze just begging to be made into a delicious cocktail. It's a pretty great place to be.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: A good mix of mid-century modern, bohemian, and modern glam. I love lots of color, patterns, botanical prints, and mixing vintage with new. There can never be enough plants.

Inspiration: We moved into this house two weeks after my first trip to Palm Springs, California. I totally fell in love with Palm Springs and my goal with decorating the house was to transport myself back there. If I can't live in the desert (yet) I'll just pretend! It's fun to bring back treasures from every trip I take out there.

Favorite Element: It's so hard to choose, because after finishing each room I was like "this is my favorite room." I probably have to pick the pink ombre staircase though. It makes such a huge impact and I smile walking up and down it every day. My other favorite parts are the murals in the kitchen and bathroom painted by my friend Blair Urban. Murals are great because they're one of a kind and can easily just be painted over in case we ever move out. Another thing that makes a huge impact is removable wallpaper. It's so easy to install and is another renter-friendly decorating option. I love the wallpaper in the living room and my bedroom from Wallflora Shop.

Biggest Challenge: Staying organized. When we decided to move to a bigger place I consolidated my apartment and my work studio, so now I work from home part time. I went from living in an apartment with no closets to living in a house with six, and somehow they're all a mess. The amount of props and products I have around for photo shoots at all times can be overwhelming.

What Friends Say: "I can't believe Ethan lives there" or "It looks like vacation."

Biggest Embarrassment: Do not look in the closets. As mentioned above they're always a mess.

Proudest DIY: The T-Rex art print above my mantel in the living room. I took the Cabazon Dinosaurs photo on a trip to Palm Springs and had it printed and framed. It's one of the first things you see when you walk in and sets the vibe for the whole house. I also DIYed the candy-colored, gold-dipped planters right below it, which really adds a pop of color to the mantel.

Biggest Indulgence: Glassware and barware. I can't leave a flea market or a thrift store without buying an old cocktail shaker or colored depression glass. I've always collected vintage glassware, but it got a little out of control when I started my blog. I need a variety of glassware to shoot drinks in but I think I've gone a little overboard. I have three cabinets full in the kitchen plus my mid-century china cabinet. My favorite find is the Blenko glass decanter set sitting on top of my bar cart in the living room. They can be very pricey but I found a complete set in a thrift store in Palm Springs for $40 and wrapped it up and mailed it to myself.

Best Advice: Your house is a reflection of you. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. It's nice when other people like it and have positive things to say about it but you are the one that has to wake up and live with it everyday. Fill it with things that make you happy and bring a smile to your face. Home should be a sanctuary and an escape from the world. It's your space—so love it.

Dream Sources: Jonathan Adler, flea markets, and thrift stores.

Resources:

PAINT & COLORS
Living room — Benjamin Moore Beacon Gray
White throughout the house — Benjamin Moore Simply White
Staircase — Benjamin Moore Soft Pink, Creamy Peach, Perky Peach, Summer Sun Pink. For the lightest color I custom mixed Soft Pink with white.
Office — Benjamin Moore Bold Yellow
The desk is a vintage Thomasville that I bought off the Facebook marketplace. It was white and I repainted it with Benjamin Moore Razzle Dazzle.
Bedroom in Benjamin Moore Simply White
The nightstands are vintage Thomasville that I bought off of Craigslist and repainted with Benjamin Moore Caribbean Cool.

ENTRY / HALLYWAY
Fern Leaves Wallpaper — Boho Walls Etsy
Bench — IKEA
Lila Multi hook Coat Rack — Urban Outfitters
Light Fixture — Project 62 Target
Muskot Flower Pots — IKEA
Plant Hangers — DIY
Baskets — Homegoods
Raklev Rug — IKEA
Desert Painting — Vintage
Abstract Painting — DIY

LIVING ROOM
Calathea Leaves Wallpaper — Wallflora Shop
Vintage Banana Leaf Chair — Kanibal & Co
Oscarine Lucite Bar Cart — Anthropologie
Velvet Elvis — Vintage
Stay Wild Neon — Urban Outfitters
Mid-Century Turned Wood Planter — West Elm
Emil Sofa in Quartz Rose — Article
Pillows — Target
Pink Flokati Throw Blanket — Target
Hanging Planters — Target
Chair — World Market
Rattan Table — Vintage
Nude Painting — Vintage
Moroccan Leather Pouf — Wayfair
Ocean Palm Floor Lamp — CB2
Vittsjo Shelf — IKEA
Flamingo Catchall — CB2
Pink Letterboard — 3potato4
Wooden Palm Springs Mini Cities — Mckean Studio
Abstract Nude Painting — Emily Powell
Ceramic and Wood Planters — Target
Mid-Century Sideboard — Vintage
Table Lamps — Wayfair
Blenko Glass Cowboy Hat Ice Bucket — Vintage
Rattan Mirror — Target
Ashik Wool Rug — West Elm
Raw Edge Coffee Table — World Market
Beaded Garland — Opalhouse Target
Candy Colored Gold Dipped Planters — DIY
Cabazon Dinosaur Print — Natalie Jacob
Pink Door Print — Natalie Jacob
Cactus Painting — Vintage
Macrame Wall Hangings — Homegoods

KITCHEN
Lemons Wall Mural — Blair Urban of Urban Lush Murals
Abstract Painting — DIY
Bassett Mid Century China Cabinet — Vintage
Kitchen Canisters — Vintage
Modern Dining Table — West Elm
Pink Eames Style Chairs — EModernDecor.com
Milo Baughman Chrome Chairs — Vintage
Mirror — Project 62 Target
Gold Elevated Indoor Planter — Project 62 Target
Pink Vases — Target
Lightbox — My Cinema Lightbox
Floral Painting — Vintage
Sputnik Pendant — Lowe's

BEDROOM
Baby Blue Monstera Leaves — Wallflora Shop
Beach Print — Claudia Chloe
Macrame Plant Hanger — Ball & Claw Vintage
Ocean Paintings — Vintage
Thomasville Nightstands — Vintage
Gold and Marble Task Lamps — Target
Basket Small White Planter — CB2
Peacock Figurine — Opalhouse Target
White Canopy Bed — Overstock
Malone Campaign Dressers — West Elm
Rattan Mirror — Opalhouse Target
Gold Globe Lamp — Target
Chair — World Market
Pink Embroidered Pillow — Urban Outfitters
Wall Hanging — Homegoods
Trunks — Vintage
Yay Vase — Oh Joy for Target
Tassel Stool — Homegoods
Sheets — Ralph Lauren
Tasseled Linen Duvet — Anthropologie
Blue Flokati Pillow — Target
Printed Pillows — Bunglo
Blanket Ladder — Umbra
Solid La Jolla Basket — Serena & Lilly
Elephant Basket — Opalhouse Target
Berkina Raised Diamond Trellis Shag Rug — RugsUSA

BATHROOM
Flamingo Mural — Blair Urban of Urban Lush Murals
Shower Curtain — Quiet Town Home
Rug — Opalhouse Target
Basket — Max Studio
Wood Mirror — Target

OFFICE
Thomasville Desk — Vintage
Ghost Chair — Hayneedle
Vittsjo Shelf — IKEA
Adileh Rug — RugaUSA
Always Welcome at the Parker Print — Gray Malin
Wall Planters — Project 62 Target
Hey Sign — Oh Joy for Target
Banana Vase — Jonathan Adler
Dinosaur Planter — Homegoods
Scoop Table Lamp — West Elm
Swan Pool Float Snow Globe — West Elm
Wall Hanging — Margaret Margaret Gabriella
Banana Leaf Curtains — H&M
Macrame Plant Hanger — Vintage
Catchalls — Vintage
Ombre Bookshelf — DIY
Uppers Canister — Jonathan Adler
Rattan Tray — Opalhouse Target
Flamingo Mirror — Vintage
Home is Where my Plants are Print — WildHartPaper
Sinnerlig Bamboo Pendant Lamp — IKEA

Thanks, Natalie!


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