The homeowners used their stockpile of collected furniture and unique decor to reflect their love of art and literature -- almost every piece in their apartment has a story. Much of the couple's art hails from their travels or creative friends. In the living room the couple kept the trim a bright white, which adds depth to the blue walls and frames the portrait watching over the room.
The chairs in this sunny living room tell a fitting story of the homeowners' style: The chairs came from a flea market, but the cushions were recovered with patterned fabric scored on eBay. Creative touches like this add instant character to any space.
A shared fondness for small decorative items has led the homeowners to gather a quirky collection of plates and knickknacks that, along with several screen prints, runs along the ledge in their dining room and breakfast nook. A replica of Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara, a favorite collection of the homeowners', serves as wall art. It's actually a painted wood block, made by artist Leanne Shapton.
Personal touches extend into the dining room. Bright yellow paint replaced wallpaper and lightened the room. Paper flags along the wall are a festive touch.
The built-in bookcase is part of the original home, and the daybed in the window nook is the perfect spot to curl up with a good book.
Thrifty finds and a little elbow grease create a cozy retreat where you can dream up the next great project. The homeowners found the quilt at a sample sale and made the headboard with help from a tutorial on designsponge.com.
A bedroom sitting area includes an upholstered chair, found for a whopping $20, which was re-covered. The wood statue and teardrop-shape lamp were thrift and antiques store finds.
A fresh coat of paint can change a dark basement into a welcoming work space, where a repurposed file cabinet acts as storage and a work surface. The back wall is part of the home's original foundation, left exposed because of the interesting texture.
A great escape from the city, this cozy backyard is perfect for dinner parties. The homeowners painted a collection of chairs bright colors to spread the festive atmosphere. They added a hammock for lazy reading sessions or an afternoon nap.