A young design couple (sheâ€™s an architect and heâ€™s a graphic designer) move into modest quarters and make a retreat for themselves. A simple palette and Ikea and eBay basics provide them with a blank slate for their DIY projects and other creative endeavors. Here, a look at their quarters, followed by a breakdown of the items to enable you to re-create the look.
Photographs of Tiffanyâ€™s Apartment via Apartment Therapy.
Above: The room has only one window; painting the walls and ceiling white maximizes the effect of the reflected light. Wood and brass accents keep the white room from feeling clinical or cold. Looking for the perfect shade of white? See 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Paint Picks.
Above: The long, narrow desk has room for the couple to work side by side. It’s supported by a set of drawers in the corner; at the other end, a trestle keeps the design from looking too heavy in the small room.
Above: A Lindsey Adelman You Make It Chandelier adds sparkle over the bed. It was put together by the couple following Adelman’s online instructions, using standard industry parts; $140 from Grand Brass. For a simpler version created at our request, see DIY: A New $60 Lindsey Adelman Pendant Light.
Above: The Hemnes 6-Drawer Chest from Ikea fits perfectly into a corner; $249.
Above: The Linnmon Table Top from Ikea in birch can be stained to match other wood accents; $55.99.
Above: The Toledo-like Wood Industrial Chair on casters has a vintage factory look; $246.75 from lab supplier Genie Scientific.
Above: Vintage folding chairs can be easily stowed away when not in use, and work well as ad hoc bedside tables. They can be sourced inexpensively on Etsy and eBay. Image via Etsy seller Gentry Antiques.
Above: The Gradated Stripe Cotton Dhurrie Half Moon in Navy by West Elm introduces a graphic element; $49 to $299.
Above: An Embroidered Metallic Bull’s-Eye Pillow Cover in Bronze on the white bed picks up on the brass highlights in the room; on sale for $29.99 from West Elm.
Above: Mother-in-Law’s Tongue from Real Palm Trees adds green to the bedroom while filtering out toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde; $38.95. To learn about more of the benefits, see A Houseplant You Can’t Kill: Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. Image via Sow a Fortune.
Above: A Terra-Cotta Pot for the mother-in-law’s tongue adds an earthy warmth to the room; $8.48 from Home Depot.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 12, 2013, as part of our Under the Covers issue.