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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Home makeover: Our living and dining room

Thank you so much for all your sweet notes about our home makeover! I'm really excited to share the final photos. As I've mentioned before, we were lucky enough to work with the fantastic Emily Henderson. Here are the before and afters of our living room, if you'd like to see...
Here are the photos of the empty apartment, when we moved in. (You can see the floor plan here, if you'd like.) The living room is nice and bright, and the kitchen and dining nook are off to the right.
Here's the dining nook after Emily worked her magic!! It's actually the first time we've had a dining room table (our old apartment didn't have room, so we'd just eat at the coffee table) and it's amazing and life-changing to have a place for family dinners and pancake breakfasts.
Alex LOVES the Clash, and he's had this poster for a thousand years. To his great delight, Emily thought it was cool and hung it front and center! I also like fairy lights, so we strung some up instead of using lamps.
We're psyched that the chairs are family-friendly—if a certain three-year-old spills spaghetti sauce (check) or wipe peanut-buttery hands on them (check), they just clean right off. :)
And Anton has his little Stokke high chair so he can join in, too.
FURNITURE: Oak dining table from Design Within Reach (now sold out), dining chairs from Design Within Reach, high chair from Stokke, side table from Canvas, blocks from Land of Nod. ACCESSORIES AND LIGHTING: String lights from One Forty Three, vintage candle holders from Monki Vintage etsy shop, white scallop vase from DwellStudio, mug from Canvas, small plant pot from NYC flower district (similar), rug from Design Within Reach.
Between the living and dining areas, this yellow console—which was the TV stand in our old apartment—now holds a bunch of trucks, planes, crayons and instruments. We also have bins scattered around the apartment for the boys' toys, including this one from West Elm. It's funny how even when you have a bigger bedroom where your kids can play, they still want to be in the main room where all the action is! It's so sweet.
During one of our first phone calls, Emily asked what vibe we wanted our place to have, and I explained that our top priority was for things to feel comfortable—like a soft rug for playing with toys, and cozy chairs for watching movies and chatting with friends. And she totally gave us that—the sofa is comfy enough for naps, the chairs are super soft and ergonomic, and walking on the rug feels like a foot massage.
Here's the room from the other direction. Emily had the great idea to install our own bookcase from the Container Store. The cool thing is, you can choose how far to space out the shelves if you want to leave room for photographs or a lamp, like Emily did here.
During this makeover, one of our goals was to get rid of our ratty old furniture and start fresh with some upgraded pieces we could cherish for the rest of our lives. So we figured we'd give away our shabby old glider, which is peppered with milk stains and crayon marks after three years of daily (and nightly) use. "Aw, I nursed both my babies in that chair," I told Emily wistfully. "It means so much to me." After sweetly listening to me absentmindedly wax on fifty times about how much I loved it, she ended up insisting that we work it into the room. We just love that chair so much! I have a suspicion that in a few decades, it will still be my favorite chair, like Marty Crane's old armchair in Frasier.
Here's the TV and art wall, which was really fun to put together. Although they're not family photos, the prints feel so personal—from the Beatles and Rolling Stones photos that Alex adores to the car drawing that makes me think of my dad and brother's car obsessions to the New York prints since we've now lived here for more than a decade. Here are all the prints: Deer bed photograph by Katherine Wolkoff (here's the story behind it), Beatles photo from Sonic Editions, Rolling Stones photo from Sonic Editions, New York buildings by My Guide To, flower photo by Keri Herer, triangle print by Nan Lawson, car print by Hugo Guiness, indigo watercolor by Renee Ann, green-and-pink abstract painting from Leif, pink-and-purple abstract painting from DwellStudio, building collage was a gift from Danielle Krysa.
And here are the other credits, if you're interested... FURNITURE: Sofa, coffee table, white chair and white side table from Design Within Reach, walnut TV cabinet from Room & Board, leather chair from DwellStudio, white side table from West Elm, wood and brass side table from West Elm, vintage Franco Albini rattan ottoman from Gallivanting Girls etsy shop, glider from Crate & Barrel. ACCESSORIES AND LIGHTING: Solid rug from ABC Home, colorful vintage rug from Fossik, branch floor lamp from Canvas, window treatments by Decorview, vintage Egyptian pillow from Loopy Mango, wooden desk lamp from Anthropologie, flying car photo by Matthew Porter, vintage copper bookends on bookshelf from Monki Vintage etsy shop, vintage gold lamp on bookshelf from Gallivanting Girls etsy shop, brass ball from Me & She etsy shop, geometric pillow from ABC Home, navy linen pillow from Canvas, white pillow from Canvas, pink stripe pillow from Anthropologie.
Thank you so much, Emily!!! It's now such a beautiful place to come home every day. Looking forward to sharing the nursery tomorrow and the master bedroom on Thursday...Thank you so much for reading! xoxo

(Photos by the wonderful Ryan Liebe for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Emily's senior designer Samantha Gluck and two awesome interns, Will and Alex. And huge thanks to Design Within Reach for partnering with us and helping with some of the furniture)

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Rachael L. Anderson said...

Looks great! I love the bookshelf

Brittany Bailey Liu said...

Looks amazing! Such a wonderful place to come home to every day. Enjoy!

rachelsanghee said...

one word: AMAZING!!

Harry Canary said...

Wow this looks like you've lived here forever. You ladies did an amazing job. Can't wait for tomorrow ;)

CarruselBazar said...

It looks great, very nice color combination. It seems so confortable. I love the light string!

swshaw said...

Looks beautiful! What are the window coverings - I love the white, they make a huge difference in the feel of the room. So cozy!

CarruselBazar said...

It looks great, very nice color combination. It seems so confortable. I love the light string!

Katie said...

Wow, did DWR sponsor this makeover? That is my dream sofa. Great work, Emily.

Joanna Goddard said...

The window coverings are ridiculously awesome, too—they're MOTORIZED!!!! i'm going to do a separate post about them, i think :)

Julia Neary said...

I am in the middle of renovating/decorating my home too, so I was SO excited to see what yours looked like. I know you have amazing taste and Emily is one of my fav designers so I knew it would be gorgeous. I simply love it! So family friendly, but you could totally have great adult parties there. So classic, chic and cozy.

http://mapleandmacaron.blogspot.fr/2013/11/home-sweet-home-renovation.html

holtkamp said...

wow, everything is so perfect!

summerlily said...

Looks so cool & comfy! I love the bookshelf. What a great idea!

LoveFeast Table said...

Love it - especially the picture wall!

Ashley said...

So so incredible!!!! And you got the deer bed photo and that amazing rug. Whoah! Looks awesome. xo

Ethel said...

AMAZING!!!! What a dream! You guys are so lucky! I wish I had the funds to purchase ALL NEW furniture. How long did you guys save up if you don't mind me asking?

So fantastic!

Amélie said...

It's beautiful!

Cheryl said...

I have loved you both so to see you together is fab! Great makeover so far! I’ve always loved that deer bed print (wish it was affordable!) and that gallery wall around the tv is my favorite. I have been wanting to do something similar and this is getting my ideas started! Can’t wait to see more! xx

jessica said...

i've been looking forward to this reveal! looks amazing. emily works all kinds of magic and always creates spaces full of love instead of just looking "designed". such a fine balance! enjoy your beautiful new space, it is filling me with inspiration for our new house we are moving into in a month.

jessica said...

i've been looking forward to this reveal! looks amazing. emily works all kinds of magic and always creates spaces full of love instead of just looking "designed". such a fine balance! enjoy your beautiful new space, it is filling me with inspiration for our new house we are moving into in a month.

princess butterfly said...

Colorful, cozy, creative, & FUN! Hope you enjoy your new abode!

Liza said...

Wow, it looks fantastic. She did an amazing job picking out pieces that reflect your personality and personal taste. Enjoy!

Wendy said...

Love everything about it! Been wanting shelves like that forever! Beautiful, clean and very New York family!

alex said...

What are the names of houseplants? I especially love the two on either side of the yellow console.

Robyn said...

Oh my gosh- looks amazing- so light and airy!a happy space.

colette said...

AMAZING!!! So fresh, clean and bright!

Please let me know the name of the white paint you used on the walls.

colette said...

AMAZING!!! So fresh, clean and bright!

Please let me know the name of the white paint you used on the walls.

Lynn said...

Really beautiful! So bright and comfortable! I have to admit that those bracketed shelves make me cringe a bit, but A-MAZING overall.

martinebo said...

Ooh!! C'est chouette!! Très newyorkais!

Christen said...

How beautiful! I love that it's still so personal to you guys. It it decorated so well it could be in a magazine, yet it looks comfy, not uptight. What a great place! Thanks for sharing.

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Suzie Chapman said...

I love all the shelving! Looks very Scandinavian :) Just lovely. Enjoy!

Molly said...

Oh my gosh! AMAZING. I've been reading your blog for years and admire your taste so much, and adore Emily Henderson's work so I was super pumped to see this, and now I keep slapping my forehead wishing I had done some of the same things at our new place! I ended up compromising on comfort with our living room rug and getting a semi-scratchy wool rug from West Elm...not ideal with a toddler and another baby on the way. Your living room rug combo is absolute perfection. I wish I could move in (haha!) Seriously- well done ladies!

the brunette said...

you are one lucky duck getting to live in both a jenny komenda AND emily henderson styled homes?! basically my two favorite design inspirations ever. wonderful!

C said...

love it!

C said...

love it!

Katie said...

Looks like DWR did support this in some way -- http://www.dwr.com/category/resource-center/cup-of-jo.do

Sara said...

Looks so great - love Emily!

sumslay said...

I think it looks great - very homey! I gotta admit....I would have never pegged this as a designed space though (and I love Emily Henderson!), but maybe that's the point?

Emily Smith said...

Gorgeous space! Love the family feel to the whole place.

Sarah said...

Joanna, it's so gorgeous!! Beautifully styled, but so cozy and lived in at the same time. Just perfect! What I wouldn't give to have Emily do our SF apt...

I have to ask -- will you cover the dining room rug when the boys eat? I'd be so nervous to spill on it!

Angry Asian said...

i love the shelf option, we've been looking for something similar and your designer chose such a great way to showcase the books and art and pix.

thx for sharing.

reiter8 said...

Love it.

A lamp in the bookcase? Brilliant!

Lauren said...

As a renter it can be hard to move into a new space and really make it your own, but this has such great personality. Very inspirational!

Heather said...

GAH I'm so jealous of those floor to ceiling windows. UGH I NEED MORE NATURAL LIGHT IN MY APT! I also need a bigger apt but for now I'll take more windows *sigh*

Anyway your spaces look amazing!!

<3
heather
fashionistanygirl.com

Chelsea said...

so great, joanna and emily. i love it!!

JorgenJang said...

I LOVE this!!! Amazing job!

CoffeeMom said...

Wow! Of course looks perfect. One lamp alone costs $400...

megan said...

Your home looks incredible!!! I love it!!

Melissa Blake said...

Great job!!! Everything looks awesome!

Annie Green said...

Love it all to bits! What a great apartment you have...I would adore to spend a few months in a place like that!
Greetings from very cold England....

E.M. said...

Looks great! But as two writers, how on earth can you afford to furnish your house with all these expensive items?! It's not my business, but... it must be nice!

Annie Green said...

Love it all to bits! What a great apartment you have...I would adore to spend a few months in a place like that!
Greetings from very cold England....

Melanie Price said...

Your place looks fabulous!! Kuddos to Emily for her design talent and eye. I am sure you, Toby and the boys will love the new space. Cheers to you and the design brilliance that is Emily Hendersen!

Sarah Spitz said...

This is a beautiful home for a family... So much light and colors...

Love from Germany
Bee sting cake maybe? ;-)
http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2013/11/something-sweetbee-sting.html

B&B from fat cat connection

Lady Grey said...

Truly, magnificently beautiful! What an amazing, homey space you've created!
xo

Haydée Rodríguez said...

I'm so in love with the yellow console! kisses from Spain!

Tara Deacon said...

Such a great space with great pieces, child friendly ones too. Love all the frames on the wall! Inspiring!

Teffy Perk said...

Joanna, your home looks so lovely!
Whenever I picture a family home this is exactly what comes to mind.

The fairy lights and the windows are incredible. You must be over the moon!

{ Teffys Perks Blog } X

KJS said...

Love all the DWR selections...always my dream store, and also Room and Board...nice selections. Was this sponsored, or just ended up that way? Great taste.

john said...

That Branch Floor Lamp! Is that one of a kind? I couldn't find it on Canvas' website.

Amanda said...

Wow, I am so impressed! This is beyond what I thought could be done, you are both truly talented. I also love all the little personal touches, without crowding any of the rooms. Great job!

www.thefashioncollaborative.com

abroadathome said...

Oh, it looks so good! I love how fresh and inviting the design is. The dear bed print is stunning and looks so beautiful with all the other images. Emily and her team did such a nice job :)

eKim said...

So incredibly envious of your apartment. It looks fantastic and I love every detail and touch! Job well done to your designer.

Claire said...

Beautiful, beautiful home! The comfort and style is a reflection of your family. :)

Gabriella said...

Looks beautiful! I'm more than familiar with the challenges of working within a small NYC apartment space, so I am especially in awe of how great and spacious this looks. Congrats! :)

Michelle said...

Emily does it again! She is such an amazing designer and just gets people. Great place for your adorable boys to grow up :)

Ashley said...

Wow, just wow. Emily is such a talent--the world needs more of Emily to rid the planet of ugly once and for all.

Can't wait to see more!

... said...

Omg!! I love it! It looks bright and modern. It suits you!

We also have the Stokke chair with the Tripp Trapp Baby Set, and we use it a lot! It's the one baby thing I love the most, and that has been the most practical. Scandinavian functionality! and having a dinner table is essential! My husband, my son and I eat dinner together everyday and it's my favorite time of the day. Enjoy your new apartment!
Hanne

Megan de Graaf said...

WAUW! Congratulations with your new, fabulous room. I love the idea of putting two rugs over each other and it always surprises me how Emily can make a room feel so positive, light and colorful. It looks super nice, you and your family will definitely have a great time there. Enjoy!

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

Love Love Love it!!! such a warm bright loving space. Clearly lived in and comfortable while not sacrificing style. Congrats to you and Emily for a job well done!

Caitlin said...

How lucky are you?!? The whole place looks amazing and I love the choices in furniture...very modern and clean but totally lived-in. I love it and I'm jealous you have such great talented friends!

megan golden said...

this looks absolutely amazing, i love the dark wood accents throughout and that frame wall!

meg

http://www.twininthecity.com

Katerina Kosta said...

Your house is so warm and cozy with a 60's vibe, do you agree? And I love the windows!!!

Anna Sjoenell / Precious Little Things said...

Such a nice makeover!

christa said...

I love the shelf. It makes me want to move everything around in my house.

domonique matthews said...

so so excited for you! i'm dying to have even one finished space in my home! it's super stylish yet really family friendly. love love!

Eliza Jane said...

Wow, your living room looks absolutely amazing! - I adore the bookshelf and the way it's been styled. Very inspirational - it's given me some ideas for the small (glorified studio) one-bedroom flat my boyfriend and I have just moved into in Australia! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the rest of the place.

Erin P. said...

Absolutely fantastic. I love how live-able it is while also feeling very artsy and unique. It looks, quite simply, like a home. I hope the whole family loves it! :)

Hayley S. said...

Where can I find the gold frame above the couch?!

Hayley S. said...

Where can I find the gold frame above the couch?!

Wildgoose said...

This looks amazing-- can't wait to see more. Can I ask about the mug on your coffee table? Where is that from?

Rita said...

Love it! Everything looks amazing together! Where did you find the english flag? It looks great too! :)

Margo said...

Love the Viking candle holders, the cow skin rug, the many seating options, the…
So cosy looking and totally captures the feeling you were after. Enjoy those pancake mornings

E. and Baby P. said...

ooh, so many ideas to "steal" for our family room.

Mani said...

I absolutely love how the place looks now! It's awesome that you also worked so many sentimental pieces into it :)

Carolyn said...

Love that you kept your "nursing chair". I, too, couldn't bear to part with my old green chair that I nursed my two sons in. Twenty eight years later, my younger son now has it in his new house. Love your apartment and thanks for turning me on to Emily Henderson's blog! She is great!

West End Girl said...

Hi Jo, lovely redo! But it would be great if you could be transparent about whether this was sponsored, or whether you paid for all of this furniture yourself. This is a LOT of expensive furniture, and while it's very aspirational, most normal people wouldn't be able to drop tens upon tens of thousands of dollars on furniture all in one go, so there's not really a lot we ordinary folks can take into our own lives from this, aside from "lovely redo!" It would be great to know whether this is some kind of promotion (as you can tell from a lot of the questions in these comments).

Lia Beck said...

The decor is gorgeous! But I've gotta say, I'm mainly jealous of those windows! Oh to have those windows in New York. This is inspiring not just through the interior design, but inspiring me to work hard some I can some day have a place with windows like that!

eleanor said...

Agree with PP – it is absolutely lovely and I LOVE the dining room but was disappointed when I saw all the furniture for it was from DWR (which we ordinary folks don't really find "within reach")...

Miss Nicki said...

So beautiful and cozy! This is inspiring, I'll be frantically decorating a tiny New York apartment of my own very soon!
Nicki
blog.sevenminutesinheaven.com

Miss Nicki said...

Beautiful! This is so inspiring, I'll be frantically decorating my own tiny New York apartment very soon!

Alice said...

Everything looks beautiful! Emily Henderson, I love your styling! Enjoy your new space Joanna.

Beautifulosophy said...

Thank you for sharing, so nice to see the transformation. And the view from the windows looks very NY-ish. Caroline

Kevin O'Gara said...

What an amazing space, I love it!

- Kevin
http://kevinscrumbs.co/

Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

It looks SO good and SO cozy!! Congrats on it all. Really hip and cool for a family of 4.

Ali Jane said...

Looks great! Would love to know about your plants ... fiddle leaf ficus?

Lisamarie said...

I love that deer bed photo as well but cannot figure out how to purchase it! Is there a better link that enables it to be bought?

lessthanperfectmama.com said...

Wow! You must be in love with your new digs. Great, fresh design that really makes you want to keep looking all over the apartment. Did you do the bedrooms? The leather chair from Dwell Studios is my favorite piece in the living room. Enjoy your new space!

A and J said...

Can you please give out more info on the branch lamp? Thank you

A and J said...

More info on the branch lamp; there's no info on the Canvas site. Thank you.

smorrison said...

I have been so excited to see how this turned out!!! I have been reading both Emily's blog and Cup of Jo for so long that I was thrilled to see those two worlds collide! Everything turned out so lovely! Thanks for sharing your world with us!

MAURICE and KING said...

What an incredible transformation! I am pinning like a crazy person over here!! ;) I would love to know the style name/designer of those dining chairs? I can't seem to find them on the website... Stunning! X

jcf said...

It's lovely Joanna! I really like the colorful rug and the sentimental chair...
You must feel so inspired working in such a lovely space.

Kristina said...

Lovely! But wowsers - $5,000 for a couch? Does it also fly you to Australia - and back?

Micaila Wow! said...

It looks great! Like a home! A really cool, stylish, New York home!

MollColl said...

Such a great mix of fun, comfort and understated elegance. By the way, don't let the (very few) haters get you down, Jo. You are doing a great job.

West End Girl said...

@MollColl, I'm not a hater!

I'm very happy that Jo has such a nice house. I would just appreciate knowing whether this is a sponsored post or not. Transparency in blogging is so important. I know Jo wants to retain her credibility and not have us all doubting which products/services she truly is sharing just for our benefit, vs which she's helping to sell.

einwenigsuper said...

Great Redo! It makes me wanna rearrange my furniture and change the decoration. So inspiring, as usual!

Lisa said...

looks so pretty <3

ScatterBrainiac said...

Gotta join the vocal minority here, Jo -- was this post sponsored? Or did DWR give you the items? It just kind of flattens the whole effect for me, especially since this is one of the more major posts you've done in a while. I agree with one of the above posters that everything seems really sponser-y lately.

I love your blog, Joanna. And I'll never stop reading. But I feel like something's been different lately.

Joy said...

I love it!! So many great ideas to incorporate -- like the twinkle lights instead of a lamp. LOVE!
My only question is, when you put the sofa right up against the shelves, it looks like you're blocking some of them. Is that really the case, and if so, how practical is that? Do you just use those shelves for things you don't need access to? I've wondered this a couple times when we've lived in houses with built-ins. I LOVED them, don't get me wrong, but I felt like they limited my decorating options because I wouldn't put other furniture in front of them. Anyway, since I'm not a decorating genius, I'd love to hear thoughts on this. Thanks in advance!

Mary said...

Wow - looks fabulous!

sadie said...

Oh my gosh, it looks so amazing! :) I love the clean lines, however, it's TOTALLY cozy and comfortable....and colorful. :)

Courtney said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful space, Joanna. For readers who are expressing disappointment at the cost of some items, I hope you bear in mind that this blog's theme isn't DIY or home decor on a budget, it's a woman sharing her life and lifestyle, which is an ongoing evolution. There are many ways to be inspired by the decor and take ideas from it even if the items are out of range for some people (including me). Joanna has no responsibility to furnish her home with only items that will feel affordable to everyone who reads her blog--this is her home. If the project was sponsored, good for Joanna and her creative talent for writing a blog so popular it attracts such great sponsors. I'm not sure that's necessarily our business--the blog is free to read, if you don't want to buy anything it's linked to, don't. As a fellow writer, I think she should be applauded for creating such a successful writing career in an ever-changing online world.

Stephanie said...

I have been waiting to see this! Jo, I am so happy for you, it looks amazing! I recognize the Stokke chair from a family I stayed with in Italy. Glad to know where I can get them now. xo

LeeLee said...

I love it! Emily did a fantastic job. The bookshelf, so perfect.

Tamara said...

Everything looks so bright and beautiful! I am specially in love with the TV and art wall.

Michelle Panting said...

Your new space is absolutely beautiful. It must be nice to spread out in a bigger place with new furniture that you picked out.

http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com

Erin said...

Looks fantastic! SOURCE QUESTION: the large gold frame that holds the photo in the container store bookshelf area….? Is it custom or somewhere you could share? Thanks!

Dorothy Lin said...

Gorgeous! I love the muted tones with subtle pops of color. Emily elegantly executed the cozy mid-centry modern look!

Nicole Lieberman said...

wow. im kind of really jealous! but super happy for you! its amazing. exactly what i would want!

Elizabeth Lee said...

Beautiful home! :)

Mary Jo said...

I love the transformation and best of all how comfortable it all looks!

Michelle Ash Latham said...

Just beautiful! I love everything about these rooms -- great job Emily!

www.ahealthymrs.com

Patty said...

Beautiful! Love it! How did you hang the pictures on the wall? Did you drill it for each one or used some other technique?

dajana, all kinds of lovely said...

It feels and looks like home (:

P.S. I am enamoured with the tv art wall. Thanks so much for introducing me to such great Etsy artists and art sites. I especially like that a Canadian is in the bunch!

Megan Kingsbury said...

It IS a beautiful space.

But it IS important to consider what Jennifer B. stated above. One of the most important guidelines laid down by the FTC is that bloggers should disclose endorsements, sponsorships, and other payments. (see this well-done explanation for details: http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/social-media-marketing/disclosures-for-bloggers-and-brands/)

I'm not a lawyer so I can't say for certain how these guidelines impact this particular post. But I would urge my fellow readers (who do truly love following Jo's curated content) to carefully consider the importance of critically thinking about the media we consume. It's easy to be enthralled by glamour. It is easy and rather addicting to mindlessly peruse crafted image after crafted image.

Liken my points to the 'real women' campaign against photo shopped body images. If we don't critically analyze the content we see, we're becoming mindless consumers instead of conscious consumers. This may seem overly critical for a home makeover post, but when you think about how the financial collapse of our country was partially propagated by consumers buying homes they couldn't afford in order to achieve lifestyles like this--it seems a lot more important to consider.

Megan

The Plath Diaries said...

Don't usually comment, but read all the time. Feel comments re Jo's blog being "different" recently are ridiculous. As a new mum with a toddler itit's any wonder Joanna can blog at all!

While points about sponsorship are valid, I hardly think they're relevant for this blog which clearly just showcases Jo's taste and Emily's talent. No one is forcing readers to buy and Joanna's transparency is evident in her links to the furniture and other items. If someone put their foot in the fire, we'd certainly not do the same ourselves!

Kudos, Jo. Hope things are brightening up on the baby front and really love your apartment. This, from a struggling student who lives at home with her parents - at 28! ;-)

Leah said...

Love love love your new home! It looks so beautiful and cozy.

Bryn said...

The apartment looks beautiful Joanna! At the same time I feel disturbed and saddened by the animal skin in the dining room... it's unnecessary and perpetuates this ugly trend. You'll probably delete this comment but I'm going to post it anyway because I know you can do better!!!

celinejn said...

The space is beautiful, no doubt, but I was definitely disappointed in the makeover in so far as it is completely unattainable. That Wegner shell chair alone is like 3 or 4k. I guess I was assuming it would be like Jenny's makeover with some well thought out investment pieces, and a lot of affordable style and creativity. While this is both stylish and creative, I'm tempted to go add it all up and post the real price tag... Every piece in this room (except maybe the west elm side table) would be a huge splurge.

No hate here at all. Love Jo, love Emily, and love the room, however, this was not at all the kind of budget I was expecting to see from this collaboration.

Heather said...

you are officially living in an Anthropologie catalog. amaaaazing!

Martha said...

perfection! so bright and airy and comfy.

Magdalena Paulino said...

The lighting in your place is perfect! Perfect!

Ramsey said...

Well done! As my mother-in-law always says on such occasions: "May you enjoy it in good health!"

Letting the glider chair go would have broken your hearts, so hats off to Emily for insisting that you keep it. She's a wise woman.

My eye was immediately drawn to the deer bed photo, and when I read that it was taken on Block Island, my heart soared. My husband and I have been going to BI every summer since the year we met, 25 years ago. Now I know what I will be getting him as a gift for our next anniversary. Thanks for that!

ximena velasquez lino said...

I love what you have done with the place!!!

Lisette said...

Such a great space! You are one lucky lady.

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

It looks so GREAT!! And, how fun to be able to ride a tricycle around!! Superb!

Alexandra Joye Houston said...

I have to admit from the moment you announced Emily was doing your space I was anxious with anticipation. I couldn't wait to sit down at my computer to see the reveal! After chasing my now walking 11 month year old around all day reading this post is what I chose to do with my 10 min of free time before bed. Enjoy your new space!

Melanie Liliana said...

Looks so amazing!! I love the style you went with and I literally gasped at your gallery wall! Great job, can't wait to see the rest!! xo

Jac said...

What a fabulous update! It's entirely possible that I'd admire your home without the interior re-design but this feels so fresh and comfortable for a growing family. Enjoy! xo

Penelope said...

Love the easy carefree style and kid-friendly pieces!

I am wondering what the budget was and if certain pieces were free or discounted? This makeover seems a lot more 'expensive' than the lovely makeovers from your old flat with the cool designer from Little Green Notebook.

Just wondering (as other commenters seem to be) about the nitty gritty details of designing from scratch.

Love the blog!

alina munoz said...

Everything is lovely but please tell me that this is not a real skin of a cow; this would break my heart. I do not understand why people ever find dead bits of animals attractive and suitable in the house. Please be kinder, lovely ladies. I know you can do it.

Susan Magnolia said...

Its really stunning Joanna! I bet you will have a better winter experience with all the light and color. A nice home to work out of and raise your littles is gonna be wonderful. ^_^

janelle said...

This place looks so smart AND normal!!! This is inspiration for the rest of us.

Keiko Pogany said...

PLEASE tell me what PLANT that is next to the TV console???
I LOVE IT.
And I'm desperately looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous fiddle leaf fig!

jm said...

I love your whole vibe! Such a gorgeous place you have created.

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Shalini said...

Wow, what a beautiful space. Love how comfortable and relaxed it feels yet so modern as well.

Shalini said...

Wow, what a beautiful space. Love how comfortable and relaxed it feels yet so modern as well.

April said...

It looks great!! I love the mustard dresser for games. But it doesn't look like/feel like small children live there. Is there anything you would do different?

Christy said...

Very well done :) It is open, airy, and bright. I like the overlapping rugs. I would have never thought of that.

Sara said...

Really beautiful -- such a good use of the space. And the fairy lights are perfect -- getting some for winter!

Rebekah said...

It's gorgeous! But with over $12,000 of DWR furniture, I'm disappointed that you didn't fully disclose your relationship per FTC instructions.

entropyalwayswinsblog.com said...

Beautiful, comfortable and unique. congrats!

SBmom said...

I love everything! But please tell me what houseplants you used. I love houseplants and believe they make a room. It's so nice that you have so many! :)

SBmom said...

I love everything! But please tell me what houseplants you used. I love houseplants and believe they finish a room. It's so nice that you used so many! :)

The Reeds said...

It looks great! I'm always amazed at what people with an eye for design can do. And I love the family photo in the bookshelf.

p.s. I have highchair envy...

lounatik said...

LOVE YOUR NEW APARTMENT! It's so photogenic!

{ f } said...

Thanks for sharing your home! Lovely decor, really impressed with Emily's talent of making it livable, comfy, and chic (though a healthy budget doesn't hurt). Trying to balance this myself with a 5-month old and keep from making our NY apt a giant playpen...

{ f } said...

Thanks for sharing your home! Lovely decor, really impressed with Emily's talent of making it livable, comfy, and chic (though a healthy budget doesn't hurt). Trying to balance this myself with a 5-month old and keep from making our NY apt a giant playpen...

MZ said...

I love how it turned out!

What I don't love are you blog commenters who are tactless enough to question whether or not Joanna can "afford" the pieces here. It also bugs me that people are asking if you got discounts on any of the furniture/discounts or making a big deal on whether or not these types of posts are sponsored! You don't seem like first-time readers so isn't it OBVIOUS that Joanna does have some sponsored posts??

It's one of the reasons she's able to blog full time! And who cares if there are sponsored posts? As another commenter said, nobody is forcing anyone to buy anything!

kate mcgill said...

Your place looks so fresh and clean, Joanna. Congrats - LOVE that rug from Fossik. AMAZING!
What jeans are you wearing - so cute!

Marie Adamo said...

MZ I don't think it's "tactless" to ask if the post is sponsored or not. Joanna usually lets us know whether it is, so it seems she is also aware of the importance of it. People are being polite and inquisitive and I'm sure Joanna likes feedback- she is obviously writing for an audience and not just herself. If you don't care to know than just enjoy the post and move on. But there are guidelines because other readers do care.

Unknown said...

Beautiful! Really looks so comfortable and lived in. I wanted to say that I think it's a little rude that a few people seem to be demanding to know how much Joanna and Alex paid for their furniture! Maybe they've been saving up for a long time and now that they're finally in an apartment they love, they decided to splurge a little. Nothing wrong with that in my book. Good for you - enjoy your new space!

Zala Letnar said...

I love it and want to move in! Crazy good stuff. Bravo.

iLa said...

It is a lovely place! I like so much Emily Henderson's style! Great space!

Mihaela said...

Amazing!! It doesn't even look like the same place anymore. Love everything!!!

Marie said...

I really like this! Congratulations on an a great space :) I've been reading both this blog and Emily's for quite a while, so it's not a big surprise that a collaboration would turn out to my liking. But it's still really inspiring.

It's obviously sponsored (there's a whole page dedicated on dwr about the project so that's a pretty big clue), which I don't really have a problem with. But since there are official rules requiring that bloggers disclose that sponsorships are disclosed, it's a bit odd that it isn't outright stated here. Even though it's clear if you read between the lines.

That being said, I kind of think it's ridiculous that bloggers have to disclose all sponsorship, but no other media really has to. I'm supposed to believe that characters on all kinds of shows "bing" things instead of google them, because in some alternate universe more than two people use bing...

Part-Time Foodie said...

Your apartment is looking really lovely - perfect for children and adults and I am beyond in love with that table.

However, I'd like to say I'm a little disappointed that you didn't disclose any sponsorship with DWR, and indeed that you chose to furnish your apartment with such expensive furniture in the first place. It's not just one or two pieces but nearly all the furniture which is super expensive.

The reason I love your blog is you seem to represent 'normal' women really well. If something is spendy, you used to say so and find a cheaper alternative. I loved your previous home makeover because there were so many tips and tricks and ways of achieving a 'designed' look at a budget price. In this apartment you have a 'designed' look because everything is at a designer price.

If you paid for everything yourself then well done you, that's fantastic. But if you got stuff for free/heavily discounted then it's a bit contradictory since very few of your readership can relate with that, and yet you've achieved your success through being a relatable blogger.

Jessica said...

This is casual but sophisticated, so well done. Congrats :)
I think some of the commenters need to remember that how much money someone makes or how they choose to spend it isn't a very polite topic of conversation. Just because Joanna has chosen to share parts of her life publicly doesn't mean every detail is our business. This look can be recreated at any budget level.

MZ said...

Marie Adamo, I was referring to E.M.s comment asking how two writers can afford these items. Very tactless and frankly, none of our business.

Also the fact that some people were expecting a budget makeover is just plain silly. There are plenty of other blogs for that sort of thing.

Gina said...

Beautiful home! It looks very cozy and comfy for the kids, but very stylish! Good job!

mathanki kodavasal said...

hi, i super love the new look, although i was really looking forward to some cool diY ideas and tips and tricks.

this seems like a whole bunch of expensive furniture bought and arranged, like an ikea catalog, it's beautiful but not affordable

Charlotte | Charlotte's Web said...

This looks beautiful, what a lovely and homely vibe it has... and such a great use of space too x

Ich said...

I think it isn´t a good idea to put that rug behind de dining room table, it´s very dificult to clean it. If the children are going to eat there the food will sure fly all over the dining room.

Martine said...

How cozy is that! I love everything from the string-lights, dining room table to the old chair with soul (people throw away too much these days).

Can't wait to see the other rooms :)

Martine said...

How cozy is that! I love everything from the string-lights, dining room table to the old chair with soul (people throw away too much these days).

Can't wait to see the other rooms :)

Michelle Lee said...

looking great :)

Janine said...

wow, this is amazing! a perfect place in the perfect city, you're so lucky!

Alissa said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely home makeover! I'm wondering if you can tell us where that sweet little brass lamp near the blue chair is from (I didn't notice it in the lighting/accessories list). Thank you!

Alissa said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely home makeover! I'm wondering if you can tell us where that sweet little brass lamp near the blue chair is from (I didn't notice it in the lighting/accessories list). Thank you!

Cristina P said...

Wow!!
Bellissimo!

:-)

J and H from Beyond The Stoop said...

that's exactly the style we're going for in our new place! a bit of vintage, a bit of midcentury modern (helllooo tv cabinet!), and bit of industrial, a bit personal, a lot of cozy, a bit of modern...

when we close on the house i'm buying a blue velvet chesterfield and letting my inner design sense go from there :)

Kirsten said...

Your home looks so great - and cozy - and not overly designed. I love it. Any chance you can share where your car photograph above the yellow console is from?

Emily Friend said...

Absolutely adore this! It's so wonderful and comfy. Enjoy!

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these sweet comments! yes, DWR definitely helped us out with furniture, which was amazing since they were our #1 favorite retailer. There were other retailers who were eager to work with us in the same way because of the coverage from Cup of Jo, so we knew we could most likely choose what we liked and get a good deal. We felt so lucky about that. It wasn't a traditional sponsored post because no company paid a fee for coverage and we were not beholden to anyone or anything except our own taste. i'm going to add a partnership credit at the end of the post to make this extra clear. DWR did mention it in their landing page about the project, but i'll add another note in this post. it's definitely a unique situation since i very rarely accept gifted products/discounts, as a blog policy. hope this makes sense!!

Joanna Goddard said...

to answer some questions: the brass floor lamp and gold frame in the bookcase were both vintage finds from jenny komenda when she helped us with our last apartment. the paint is just the white paint that the apartment came with; it's a nice bright white. we're not allowed to paint since it's a rental, but we like the basic white, thankfully! thanks!!

Joanna Goddard said...

the mug is from etsy, and the branch lamp was from canvas, and the english flag was actually bought on a trip alex took to england with his family decades ago!

Valentina Duracinsky said...

Holy cow! it looks amazing..

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CRISSS said...

Nice nice room! So cozy and beautiful. Congratulations.

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks again for these comments—yes, this is a temporary rental apartment, but we wanted to get pieces we would keep forever. we are at the point in our lives—i'm almost 35 and alex is in his 40s, and we've both worked hard and saved forever—where we wanted to upgrade from our old used furniture, dirty rugs, and ikea stuff. so we decided to do it all at once with emily's help! xo

Joanna Goddard said...

oh yes, the plants! the one by the TV is a ivy. i know nothing about plants and two of the little ferns have already died! we are trying our best to keep the other ones thriving:)

Joanna Goddard said...

the yellow console is a vintage find from jenny komenda (for our old apartment)—she is amazing at finding those things. and now there's also anton's jumper and play mat next to it, too; the place is covered with baby stuff!

Hannah said...

This is just beautiful. Your new home looks so light and airy and comfortable! Congratulations!

jrschoen said...

Your home looks lovely! i like the dining nook best. What JEANS are you wearing? So cute!

Sarah Hurwitz said...

i love the angled carpet over the straight carpet. so simply yet designy.

Meadow said...

Wow, looks like a HOME :)

Jennifer Duarte said...

Very nice!

In case anyone is interested, the ottoman is a midcentury piece by Franco Albini (we have one, and I love it). You can also score them on eBay, sometimes!

karolina klimkiewicz said...

Looks lovely and sooo cosy! Was wondering where is Toby's car from?

nina | itsazooatthezoo.blogspot.com said...

It looks so great! I'm so inspired! We're working on choosing some furniture for our house now, so this is perfect timing. Great food for thought.

Love that yellow TV stand turned toy storage.

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