Saturday, January 22, 2011


Without further ado, some pictures of my living room:

As in the bedroom, I had to work with a lot of things we already had from our old apartment. After making some careful choices of what to buy when we moved, I like the direction it's taken. It obviously needs some more color, and a couple placeholders need to be replaced (the white chair, the brown lampshades, the white pillows on the couch - only still there because the pillows I was waiting on finally came and, sadly, don't work)

And now for the source details. As always, almost everything was craigslisted.

antique table: my favorite central NY flea market, $75
antique dresser: ditto, $100?
[faux] Panton chairs: craigslist (in NY, of course. this is the sort of thing you NEVER find on Boston's craigslist), $250 for all 4
rug: Milliken Vibe rug from Rugs USA (found via the ever-resourceful Copy Cat Chic), about $250 with a 20% off coupon
brass nesting tables: craigslist, $35
antique trunk: same flea market as above, $30
white chair: craigslist, painted and recovered by me
end tables: same flea market again, $20 each
couch: Room and Board via craigslist, $400
campaign wall units: Drexel Heritage via craigslist, $125 for all 3, painted white by me, following Jenny's fantastic instructions

print: "Spotted Tail," original proof by Leonard Baskin, 1993, gift from the artist
fork and spoon drawing: drawn by me in a college class, obviously free
weird stacked chrome ball lamp: $13 with the shade at Salvation Army in NY
bar tray: West Elm, $35 floor sample
glasses and other bar accoutrements: HomeGoods and Fish's Eddy
plates and napkin rings: West Elm
chargers: Target, $5 for 4
candlesticks: CB2, $3-$5
white ceramic pagodas (on windowsill): Z Gallerie, $5 each
tray (on trunk): HomeGoods, $10
apothecary jar, HomeGoods, $10
candle holder (near fireplace): Gilt, $15 with credit
hourglasses: Elle Decor for Kohl's, $17 for both (no idea why they're now more expensive)
box: John Derian for Target, $20?
pillow on chair: West Elm, $10
velvet pillow: Urban Outfitters, $20
lamps: West Elm via Craigslist, $30 for both
faux bus scroll: acrylic paint on canvas painstakingly copied by me from Restoration Hardware's insanely expensive version, $20? for supplies
turquoise foo dogs: HomeGoods, $15
throw on couch (knockoff of Osborne and Little's Minaret pattern): HomeGoods, $25

Tomorrow I'll post the mockup I made with my first plans for the room along with some of the images I used as inspiration. Also coming soon: the kitchen and entry, the last un-documented bits of our apartment!


  1. Alexandra, you have done a remarkable job. It looks great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Wow! Your space looks fabulous! We have a similar design aesthetic!

  3. I i was wondering if you could tell me more about the rug! I found it on and wanted to purchase but someone commented that it was cheap and had rounded corners? it looks awesome in your home and was wondering if you were happy with it?

  4. Amy - Sorry I completely forgot to reply to your comment, but if you're still wondering - it certainly doesn't scream "quality" but I think it's great for the price. Like one of the commenters says, it is nylon, not wool - so it feels like your average wall-to-wall carpet. I would disagree about it being thin, although I suppose everything is relative. It does have slightly rounded corners. If you need a smaller version, there's a flatwoven one that Urban Outfitters is now carrying that looks more similar to the Madeline Weinrib original:,&navCount=275&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=A_NEWARRIVALS&popId=APARTMENT&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=