Design Assistance: Jess’ New Place

Today is my sister’s birthday, so this post seems appropriate. Happy birthday, big sis!

Back in December I posted about my sister’s apartment. I mentioned that Jess had semi-recently moved to Philadelphia, so I was thinking of some ideas for her apartment. (Yes, past tense.) When she sent the pictures I mentioned a few of my suggestions, and she said she wasn’t really attached to her new place, that it felt too big and not like her style. You can probably guess where this is going.

The sofa and curtains belong to her landlord, the nesting tables are from Ikea, and the tv console & red cabinet are from Target. I’m not sure where the bar height table & chairs are from, but I’ve seen similar sets online at Target,, and Wayfair.

I think you can see from the kitchen why she chose this apartment, the dark cabinets are reminiscent of her last apartment.

Initially this is the board I came up with, before I saw her photos. I had a laugh when I saw the blue curtains from her landlord, though I’d add a set or two around the sofa. I believe her Kivik lives in the office/guest room, and J’s bedroom wasn’t quite organized enough to show.

curtains | rug | pillows | pouf | slipcover | print

I think a darker slipcover for her Kivik sofa bed might stand out a bit more from typical apartment-beige walls, and the blue-yellow-gray color scheme would tie in with the pieces she already has.

About the time I came up with these ideas Jess posted this:

“Doesn’t look like much right now, but that’s the window to (what will be) my new studio apartment!”

What can I say, girl moves fast? (Or I’m horribly behind on everything. But let’s go with the former.)

curtains | nesting tables | rug | pillows | slipcover | pouf | print

After seeing that, I quickly tweaked things to create a studio-inspired board. The curtains are very similar to the Ikea ones, but rod-pocket instead of grommet. I’m actually considering them for our living room. They also have a similar pair that are thermal, which could be a good option, depending which way her apartment faces. The other rug I considered was the Porter Rug from Crate & Barrel, but I think it’s a tad out of her price range.

I have to say, I’m a bit jealous of her soon-to-be studio already. I can’t wait to see the inside!

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3 Responses to Design Assistance: Jess’ New Place

  1. ooh I cant wait to see either! I love scoping out other people’s studio apartments!

    • Cait says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves seeing other people’s apartments! I have always wanted a studio apartment (preferably with lots of exposed brick and black window frames)…

  2. Pingback: Design Assistance: Ideas for a Philly Loft » Hernando House

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