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When the guy downstairs started playing his loud music yesterday {like he does everyday}, all I could think was “I’m SO GLAD I’m moving.” But in general I’m really really sad to leave my apartment. This is our first apartment, the one we moved into after we got married. Two and half years… I really love my neighborhood too. Anyway, I decided to take pictures of each part of the house for posterity. When I first got married I was so gung-ho about decorating and then I sort of got absorbed in other things. There is still a lot I wanted to do to the apartment that I never got around to. This week I’m giving a tour of my apartment, room by room. Today, the living room.

Picture 1: Art books organized by color. I love our English rolled arm sofa, it is so classic. It can go with modern or traditional. I got my zebra nailhead ottoman from Spiegel {their now defunct furniture line.} The artichoke floor lamp from Anthropologie {I got it on super sale, I was so stoked.}

Picture 2: My antique little french chair. It is all that is left from all that french furniture I bought after we got married. The painting is a study of a Cassandra Barney painting, the result of Paul trying to teach me to paint one night. I LOVE my tall linen curtains. They are cheapies from IKEA and I sort of always meant to hem them so they weren’t in such pools of fabric, but I sort of like how they look.
Picture 3: I did a ton of research to find the best flat screen TV. I liked this Sony Aquos because it was only 26″ and didn’t take over the room. I even did the research to figure out how to install it with no wires {only two small holes in the drywall!} The big box under the TV stand is holding our wireless router and lots of other various wires. The other two boxes are holding our DVD collections. I’m pretty good at keeping certain kinds of plants alive. This mostly includes topiaries and succulents.

Picture 4: I found this light fixture after seeing something similiar in the first issue of Domino. I really really love it. I got it on ebay. It doesn’t work in the new apartment, I’m still deciding if I’m going to sell it or store it.
Picture 5: The table {you can’t really see it} is from Crate and Barrel. The chairs I got on super sale from Hold Everything. The parsons desk is from West Elm, so is the rolling filing cabinet. The desk chair is new and from The large magnet board usually peeks out from behind the open door. I made it with a large piece of sheet metal from Home Depot and found {after much searching} a frame that wasn’t ridiculously expensive off of

  1. michelle

    September 18, 2007

    (sniff, sniff) Good-bye apartment.

  2. heather

    September 18, 2007

    It’s really cute Jordan. I’m sad we didn’t get the time to see it but I’m glad we got to see you.
    Good luck with your move.

  3. jared

    September 18, 2007

    fyi sharp makes aquos

    and it’s NOT tivo! it’s dv-r!!! 🙂

  4. jordan

    September 18, 2007

    Oh thanks Jared.

  5. Laura

    September 18, 2007

    if you decide to sell the topiary lamp, I’d love to know! I think it’s fantastic, and I’ve been looking for one for my dining room.

    laura.ostler at gmail dot com

    And thanks for your blog–I’ve gotten great decorating ideas from it!

  6. veeda

    September 18, 2007

    I remember the fun get together you threw for us in your apartment last year. You are a wonderful host.

  7. MissEm

    September 18, 2007

    You’re smart to take photos. I did that with Rob and my first apartment and love to look back and reminisce.

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the new place!

  8. Design Mom

    September 18, 2007

    The room is even more pleasant to be in than the pictures show. It’s both comfortable and beautiful.

  9. Lynda

    September 18, 2007

    Hi There,

    I am a daily reader, but never leave a comment. But today something really caught my eye! That magnet board next to the desk, that’s just sheet metal??? How did you do it? Please share, I am in desperate need of a large magnet board for my office.

    Thanks for all the fabulous inspiration! And we just put our place on the market, so I will definitely be taking pics of each room.


  10. kanida

    September 18, 2007

    Good job summerstone. You can decorate mine too if you want:)

  11. love.boxes

    September 18, 2007

    What a beautiful space you made it.. and you will make the new space even prettier. Happy moving. 🙂

  12. Paloma

    September 18, 2007

    Your apartment is so cute! I especially love the living room and your desk chair.

  13. Jess

    September 18, 2007

    I am another daily reader who never leaves a comment but I just had to say that I so love your style. I have only been reading your blog a little over a month but I already have pages full of websites and ideas that you’ve recommended.

    Good luck with your move.

  14. Crystal & Co.

    September 18, 2007

    I immediately recognized that painting as a “Barney”. I would say that you did a very good job if I mistook it…

  15. Crystal & Co.

    September 18, 2007

    I immediately recognized that painting as a “Barney”. I would say that you did a very good job if I mistook it…

  16. Crystal & Co.

    September 18, 2007

    I immediately recognized that painting as a “Barney”. I would say that you did a very good job if I mistook it…

  17. Sarah

    September 18, 2007

    What a beautiful apartment, so full of uniqueness and character!

  18. M-Ware

    September 18, 2007

    hey jordan, you don’t know me and i don’t know you. except that i have been a huge fan of your blog for a long time and love your style. thanks for being so refreshing. can’t wait to see the rest of your house.

  19. sue-donym

    September 18, 2007

    I must agree with crystal & co, I too immediatly spotted the Cassandra painting. Well done.

    Love your blog. Thank you for bringing such interesting and beautiful ideas to the masses.

  20. trs

    September 18, 2007

    Well done you… taking pictures.
    I have NO pictures of my favorite apartment from 5 years ago… not one shot of the 1920s stove, the french doors to the bedroom, the warped and worn wood floors. I really regret that.

    Your place is lovely. Now for the fun of learning where things will go in your new place. I love that part – Hey… the bookshelf I bought 20 years ago when I was in college fits perfectly on this short wall! Who would have predicted?! And above it? The artwork that Kimberly gave me when she moved away? What else?!
    Whoo hoo!

  21. amanda

    September 19, 2007

    A Good Gray is Hard to Find. I’ve been squinting at tiny paint chips, and larger paint boards, and little magazine photos of rooms with gray paint for months now. I go to Home Depot, I come home, squint at grays; go to the Benjamin Moore store, come home, squint. You have gray in your living room. Which gray does it sport? Have you felt good about it?

  22. Julie

    September 19, 2007

    That is such a great idea. I wish I had taken photos of all the places we have lived. When our family went to Europe, I filmed each place we stayed (hotel, hostel, etc.), but had never thought of photographing our home. Strange. I love the personality of your apartment. Charming. I am sad for you to leave it

  23. jordan

    September 24, 2007

    Lynda: It is pretty straight forward. Buy sheet metal from Home Depot and hang it on your wall. If you want add a frame.

    Amanda: Not sure on the gray, it is a Martha Stewart I’ll have to double check it.

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