Valentina & Alessandro’s Colorful Treasure Trove

Valentina & Alessandro’s Colorful Treasure Trove

Anita Jeerage
Dec 2, 2014
(Image credit: Anita Jeerage)

Name: Valentina and Alessandro
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; Rented

When walking into Valentina and Alessandro’s bright and inviting space, you immediately feel like sitting down for a glass of wine. Their home is both modern and comfortable, and full of treasures from their travels around the world.

(Image credit: Anita Jeerage)

Valentina and Alessandro are originally from Italy, but have lived in Princeton for several years. They found this apartment, the first floor of a small house, after a thorough hunt through Princeton’s limited rentals. They love the open plan and big back yard, especially because they enjoy having friends over for any occasion.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Colorful Contemporary

Inspiration: We love the pages of interior design magazines, although the sleek and minimal rooms depicted are always in neutral or black & white palettes, whereas we have an undeniable pull toward bright and sunny colors. Our version of sleek is cheerful.

Favorite Element: The bistro set in the kitchen. I love chatting when I’m cooking and when sitting there my friends are both comfortable and out of my way :)

Biggest Challenge: Finding the perfect spot for our movie projector, so that it would be practical and not too visible.

What Friends Say: Whenever we propose to end the night at our place, the offer is received with great enthusiasm. That’s exactly what we were hoping for – we love entertaining, and wanted to make our friends feel at home.

Proudest DIY: I’d say the bedroom wall. It was a very dark purple that took two coats of primer and three of paint to transform into that bright leafy green that makes me smile in the morning.

Biggest Indulgence: The new sofa bed we bought as soon as we moved in. It completed the big living room, and gives us extra room for guests.

Best Advice: Don’t be afraid to use different colors. Chances are, if you like them all, they will go together well!

Dream Sources: BoConcept

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Resources of Note:


  • Hallway & Office: Behr “Orange Peel”
  • Bedroom: Behr “Rolling Hills”


  • Floor lamp: IKEA
  • Table lamps: Skillman’s Used Furniture (Princeton, NJ)
  • Sofa: Innovation Cassius Deluxe Sofa Bed
  • Cushions: IKEA, West Elm
  • Loveseat: IKEA, Urban Outfitters for cover
  • Bookshelves: CB2
  • Chair: IKEA
  • Tables: IKEA


  • Table: Crate & Barrel
  • Chairs: Skillman’s Used Furniture (Princeton, NJ)
  • Light fixture: IKEA
  • Side chest: Pier 1 Imports


  • Bistro table & chairs: Target


  • Bedside tables: IKEA
  • Lamps: IKEA
  • Curtains: Italian street market


  • Desks: IKEA
  • Lamp: Garage sale, though it was originally a table lamp and I converted to a ceiling light
  • Chairs: Skillman’s Used Furniture (Princeton, NJ)
(Image credit: Anita Jeerage)

Thanks, Valentina & Alessandro!

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