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This Architect Couple Lives in a Spaceship

Connecticut House Tour

While in graduate school, Rustam Mehta and his wife Aude Jomini would drive by this spaceship building in Guilford, Connecticut, on their way to the beach. Built in the 1980s, the now-iconic building has 13 apartments, and when one became available, the couple jumped at the chance. Here, Rustam gives us a peek inside…

Spaceship Connecticut House Tour

On spotting the building: Aude and I went to Yale for architecture, and we’d drive by this building and crane our necks. People still do this! When I’m working in the garage, strangers will pull in and ogle and ask, ‘What IS it?!’ Back in school, after seeing the building for years and years, I noticed a Zillow real estate listing, and we went to the open house just for fun. We ended up making an offer.

On fun neighbors: What I love about the building is the amazing variety of people who live here. It’s not just young creatives, but instead a retired tugboat captain, a pilot, a cop, the owner of the best wine store in town… really wonderful, interesting people.

LIVING ROOM

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Sofa: Hem. Coffee table: vintage, similar. Orange pendant: Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell. Art behind pendant: Phil Lique. Art on stairwell: Brian Chippendale. Red and blue art: Christopher Mir. Blue prints: Kevin Van Aelst. Throw pillows: made by Rustam’s mom. Blue throw blanket: Nathalie du Pasquier for American Apparel. Multicolor throw: Goodwill, similar.

On a cat-friendly sofa: We literally picked our sofa by holding fabric samples up to our cat, who is extremely fluffy and gets fur on everything. He’s a grey British shorthair — you touch him and fur just emerges off him. His name is Fur! Luckily, our sofa plan worked. We got a modular one with real wool upholstery from Hem in Denmark.

On the best white paint: The apartment was originally pumpkin-y fall colors, so we repainted it white. Of course, as two architects, we started overthinking it — which white should we do??? The building faces north/south, so the sunlight is mostly indirect. In shadows, the undertones of white come out; if you use a paint that’s too blue or yellow, you can get a murkiness we didn’t want. So, we ended up with the purest white: Delicate White by PPG. (Benjamin Moore Super White is also good.)

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Blue art: Colin Burke. Purple chairs: vintage, similar. Ottoman: IKEA, similar.

On a glowing room: The pendant lamp is from Kartell. I bought it at the MoMA Store when I was working at the Brooklyn Museum as my first job, and I used my discount to make it possible! You get direct light coming out the bottom, but the whole room glows orange.

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Blue art: Kevin Van Aelst. Small art print: Anahita Vossoughi. Balloon art: Michael Queenland.

On a special pizza night: At night, we build lots of fires and read books, or even draw. Years ago, we actually got engaged in one of the famous New Haven pizzerias — Modern. People are always like, awww, did you put a ring in the pizza? But really we just kind of chatted about it: We’ve been together a long time, should we get married? And then we were like, did we just get engaged? Then we went out and made out in the parking lot. It was all very informal.

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Purple chair: vintage, similar. Ottoman: IKEA, similar. Throw: vintage, similar. Table: made by Rustam’s friend’s father, similar.

On creating plants: My dad has gotten into plants, and I’ve developed our plants from cuttings from him. You just take a cutting and put it in a jam jar with water, and it develops roots; it works well with succulents, which are more than half of our plants. My favorite might be the tall, crazy, gangly one, called a pencil cactus — it was tiny at first, but now you’d need a truck to move it.

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Art above fireplace: Brett Groves. Firewood holder: made by Rustam’s father. Bookshelf: Container Store brackets with DIY poplar shelves.

On family passions: My dad also made the firewood rack. He was a Wall Street trader and never a fix-it kind of guy. But in his retirement, I was working on my car and realized I needed to learn to weld; and my dad was like, ok, I’ll split a welder with you. I was like, what? You’ve never changed a lightbulb! And he exploded from there. Now he has a store with his own homemade furniture. It’s a cool second chapter for him.

DINING AREA

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Dining table: made to order, similar. Green chairs: Eames. Bench: Kartell. Candle snuffer: Tom Dixon.

On cooking at home: My wife is a salad sight reader, she’ll look in the fridge and see beets and invent something. She likes the therapeutic peeling of a million vegetables. We love the Ottolenghi cookbooks, and we also subscribe to Bon Appetit. Their graphic design is off the hook. I love mapo tofu — a spicy dish with ground pork and tofu — and they had a weeknight recipe; I was like, this will be a terrible ketchup version of it, but it was wonderful. Every weekend, I make buckwheat crepes. I use the Joy of Cooking recipe to the T, and it’s perfect. This is the suburbs life!

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Yellow vase: Wolves Within. Bear bottle opener: Stag, similar.

On calming lighting: Our apartment has so much recessed lighting, like every four inches. I got LED bulbs, but my wife hated how cold they were. Finally, I found Philips Warm Glow LED bulbs — they kick ass. When you dim them down, they get warmer and feel incandescent. Now we have LEDs everywhere. Regular lightbulbs burn out too quickly and are way less efficient.

KITCHEN

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Table: vintage, similar. Petrified wood: Elen Hunting. Vase: Alvar Aalto.

On a perplexing kitchen: You take a couple steps up into the kitchen, and the flooring changes directions. You kind of feel like you’re floating. Right now, it’s 80s laminate, but we can’t agree on how to change it. You get stuck when you have two architects!

OFFICE

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Desk: DIY out of plywood, Abet laminate and filing cabinets. Chair: Sayl, from eBay. Graphite art: Glen Baldridge. Photograph: Nicolas Gourguechon. Rug: Land of Nod, similar.

On a lamp collection: For my office, I go on eBay and search ‘mushroom lamps,’ and now I have a small collection. Of course, you’ll find ridiculous lamps that look like toadstools, so you have to sort through those. But there are also thousands like this one [pictured above] for $20 to $50. They have good 60s vibes.

On unexpected rugs: I was reading the design site Sight Unseen a while back, and they recommended looking for rugs at Land of Nod. Even though it’s a children’s store, you can really find good things! They have great designers.

On a coveted chair: While working on a big architecture project, you sometimes do a ‘sit test’ to choose furniture. I was designing a college’s computer science building and sat in a million office-y chairs. I picked the Sayl because it has a cool, flexible back, the colors are nice, and the base is actually aluminum, not plastic. The chairs are expensive, so when Aude found some on eBay, I was like, no way, they’re not real. So, she ordered one instead of two. And it turned out to be real! Now, when she leaves for work, I wheel it over from her desk to mine.

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On work: Our architecture firm is split between Brooklyn and Connecticut. My partner Tal and I have known each other since we were same third-grade class. [Here’s a photo!] We stayed in touch, and it all came together when we both became architects. Our projects include everything from an Italian restaurant to a countryside home to this Brooklyn townhouse.

BEDROOM

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Bed: similar. Bedding: Marimekko. Bedside table: IKEA. Art: Louise Sheldon. Silver reading lamp: IKEA. Lamp on window nook: vintage, similar. Chair: Bertoia, found on street and repainted.

On a home that flows: We love that the apartment has almost no doors. The rooms are separated by steps and alcoves and corners. My office is around the corner from the living room; the bedroom is just up stairs. There’s no door, but you feel like you’re in another world. The bedroom has exposed beams, and the walls and windows slant in. It has a very nautical vibe.

On meaningful bedding: When Aude and I first got together, I gave her a Marimekko dress for her birthday. She looks really cute in them. Then, when we got married, we had a low-key wedding in my parents’ backyard. We had a seven-minute ceremony followed by free-form drinking and hanging. But people were still like, we need to give you presents! So, I made a little registry with basically these Marimekko sheets. We love them. It makes the whole room feel cheerful.

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Art across from bed: Eve Perry.

On a simple bed: I like the ease of a bed without a headboard; just buy a nice mattress and that’s all you need. We also like minimal bedding. My old boss coined the phrase ‘pillow salad’ — like, when you get in bed and throw twelve pillows on the floor! We skip the pillow salad-y stuff.

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Art: Louise Sheldon. Silver reading lamp: IKEA.

On intense art: The art shows a scene from a movie. It’s a little scary. When my wife first put it there, I was like, oh, I don’t know. But I trusted her and now I love it. She’s big into the art community and always finds cool things for our home.

On a sweet reading lamp: I put a tiny 25-watt lightbulb in the lamp, so it’s friendly to your partner if they’re sleeping. I love the way the room looks at night with just that one lamp; it makes a little pool of light over the bed and everything else is dark.

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Art: Ronnie Rysz. Duck: Jacob Tucker. Lamps: vintage.

On a pro design tip: My biggest tip is to not buy too much stuff from one place at one time. Looking back at these photos, I’m like, wow, I’ve had that bed since college, I’ve been toting that table around forever… You throw out the junk over the years, but you keep the wonderful things with personality. And then one day, you look around, and you realize that your house tells the story of the last 30 years of your life.

Thank you so much, Rustam!

P.S. Many more house tours, if you’d like to see. Craving color? Here’s a Seattle home and a Hudson Valley cottage. Love the outdoors? Check out this Sonoma house and a spot in the Japanese countryside. Want tips for small living? Here’s a Toronto loft packed with clever storage solutions and a 500-square-foot family apartment in Brooklyn.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. Styling by Kate Jordan.)

  1. GORGEOUS home. I love all of the decor the most, but how cool that they got such an iconic looking place!

  2. Becca says...

    Ha!! We were in New Haven/Hamden CT for a decade and one day while aimlessly driving my crying baby around the cute Guilford roads I drove past this crazy-cool house! After miles of colonial homes I was like, “Whaaaa?” and dying to see the inside. And now, as my baby is now tweening it upstairs, my wish is granted! Thanks Jo!

  3. Such amazing personality in all the art and decor. Stunning home!

  4. SumSlay says...

    That’s how I picked my dog! Hahaha, I went to the adoption event and looked for one with the right personality aaaand matched my couch. :D

    GORGEOUS home. I love all of the decor the most, but how cool that they got such an iconic looking place!

  5. Brittany says...

    This is what a bed should look like!

  6. Meg says...

    best home tour I’ve ever seen. it’s just perfect.

    • Sabrina Izaguirre says...

      I agree! Best ever!!!

  7. jillian says...

    I love this so much! I grew up near there and was always fascinated by this house!

  8. Roxy says...

    Such a great house tour! Thank you for the hot tip about lightbulbs, it’s so hard to find warm LEDs that are actually warm. Please have Rustam back for some more practical tips like this!!

  9. What a swoon-worthy house, I especially loved this quote from him: “And then one day, you look around, and you realize that your house tells the story of the last 30 years of your life.”

  10. Michaela says...

    Loved the colors in this apartment! I also found it surprisingly refreshing to hear a home tour from a male perspective. Rustam seems like a fascinating person!

  11. Jenny says...

    Great house and interview. I’m always drawn to colorful art as well, but never know how it throw it all together.

    Such great personality- I think I’d like this couple in real life 😀

  12. Nina says...

    Wow. gorgeous. and so unexpected from the outside. love it. and he seems like a very kind, charming person. Thanks for sharing.

  13. kimmie says...

    I love that it’s so bright and comfortable!!

  14. breeb says...

    this is my FAVORITE home tour ever. I would snatch this house up so quick!

  15. Patty says...

    This is my very favourite home post!!! I love this old crazy building, and the floors are amazing. The couple who live here has taste that is unique and exquisite, and their take on this home is really cool. They were meant to live here. Thanks for posting something so fantastic!

  16. Emily says...

    I love this. It’s not taking itself too seriously. The space isn’t overly designed. I much prefer this tour to some that feel like people’s homes are Instagram showcases. This is really special!

  17. Sheena says...

    I’ll admit I’m a little disappointed fur is mentioned, but there is nary a sighting of him…

    • Christine says...

      I was waiting for a glimpse of fur, too!

    • Olivia says...

      omg i love him!

  18. Shelby says...

    Seeing this brought me so much joy! The architect of The Spaceship is Wilfred Armster, and I grew up in a house also designed by him that my parents still own. He’s an incredibly special man, and all of his designs are equally wonderful!

    • nicola says...

      hi shelby! your comment was so touching- thank you. i love your parents house so much- possibly my favorite!

  19. I think this is my favorite house tour, too!
    I love their eye and Rustam’s down to earth manner of speaking (er, writing?).
    Lovely and inspiring!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, speaking! :) we talked on the phone for about an hour and a half, and then i shortened and edited the conversation into this interview. he was amazing, i could have talked to him all day and written a book with his tips :)

  20. NN says...

    Absolutely gorgeous interior! I love their style and use of color. :)

  21. Jennifer says...

    For me, this is the best house tour yet. I think it’s because all the stories and unique tips tell me how much personal work and thought the couple put into their home to make it a beautiful place. The story of buying the chair on eBay and then sharing it between them is my favorite part! It’s refreshing to hear about a cool young couple with a gorgeous home that still agonizes over buying a $500 chair for full price.

    Not to mention all their art is AMAZING.

    • SAME! This house has so much heart and soul and lots of interesting finds, but is somehow uncluttered.

  22. Hanna says...

    Just WONDERFUL.

    There’s a reason I check in here so often. :-)

    • Luna says...

      Yes, me too!

  23. Court says...

    My favorite house tour ever. I love architectural uniques. I really appreciate this couple’s mix of high-low (I spot the same IKEA bed that I’ve also had now for 7 years!) and that not everything is perfect or perfectly renovated yet. I also really love the mix of cool art and modern design without looking too precious. Love the plants and the handmade by family and friends items. Just love love love.

  24. Sanaa Murray says...

    Everything an interview should be- what interesting people and what a unique, warm home, thank you for giving us a peek inside. I clicked on every link, from recipes, to pizza to mushroom lamps?! And go Bruno! I see that Brown tote bag hanging outside the kitchen!

  25. This is the most inspiring house tour yet. Check out Phil Lique’s website – prepare to have your mind blown.

  26. I grew up in Huilford and did a double-take when I saw this picture while scrolling through my blog feed. “Is that the spaceship??”. So fun to see inside and finally have my childhood curiosity satisfied.

    • Guilford* 🙈

  27. ARC says...

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful home, very unusual and special. The quote “My biggest tip is to not buy too much stuff from one place at one time” totally resonated with me, and that’s what gives this place so much personality.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, how interesting !

  28. Land of Nod is such a hidden gem! I’ve been debating over two of their rugs for months now! Such a beautiful, funky home – thanks for sharing

    • Emily says...

      Land of Nod announced last week that they’ll be shuttering all their stores and will sell products through Crate and Barrel, their parent company — watch those rugs for a sale!

  29. Heather says...

    I wonder if they’d adopt me….. what an amazingly cool life.

  30. Shoreline CT!!!! My hometown and the rarest of geographical gems <3

  31. Jorden says...

    Spaceship, take me away! I’ve just decided I’ll be retiring in Connecticut. Fingers crossed that a unit will be open in thirtysomething years!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!! :)

  32. Emily R says...

    Beautiful! I love the shout out to Modern. I miss the amazing pizza that’s in CT.

    • Katie says...

      Hands down best pizza in New Haven. An easy test to determine the real Elm Citiers. If they say anything else they are imposters! :)

  33. This couple needs their own blog. I can’t get enough of their design input and awesome art and object references. What a great apartment and couple to interview!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, rustam was so fascinating! i could have talked to him for hours. he had so many great tips!

  34. B says...

    What a beautiful and bright home! I’m so glad you shared links to most of the amazing artists, I’ve been on the hunt for over a year for happy and colorful art for our new home and I think you’ve shared some gems!

  35. Laura says...

    This apartment is amazing, but especially the ART. So wonderful.

  36. I love everything about this apartment. I just read the interview twice. I love these people! And the Dad who welds! I want to be friends with them. Rustam and Aude, if you ever find yourselves in Phoenixville, PA, you can stay in our guest room. CupofJo team, I love the way you put together these interviews.

  37. Jessica says...

    I LOVE this tour! It’s so bright and homey and lived-in. <3

  38. Lily says...

    I have always wondered about this building! Thank you :)

  39. jaw. has. dropped! WOW! what a cozy, slick house! i’d happily come over for pizza night any night.

  40. Angella says...

    Laughed when I read, “we’d drive by this building and crane our necks.” In the south we refer to this as “rubber necking” hahaha! Happy Friday :)

  41. Sarah S says...

    What an amazing space! I live in New Haven and was so excited to read this. Love the Modern shout out! Now to go drive by their building…

  42. Heidi says...

    Am I the only one that recognized the art above their beautiful striped cloud of a bed was from the 80s movie The Lost Boys? With Corey Haim… and his protective wolf (vampire?) dog, Nanook? Am I wrong?
    I loved this home tour! It would be interesting to see all of the different ways people decorate throughout the building.

    • Rose says...

      I immediately thought the EXACT same thing when I saw the art! Right when his brother was about to bite him!

    • Nicole S. says...

      100% IT HAS TO BE!

  43. Alyssa says...

    From the outside, I didn’t know what to expect but what AWESOME natural light. Everything felt very cozy and intentional. Loved this one!

  44. More home tours of architects, please! It’s so fascinating to see what they prioritize in their own home.

    I particularly love this couples eclectic art collection… it’s wonderful :-)

    • seconded! I feel like their homes always contain such clever design easter eggs ;)

  45. Amazing home! So inspiring. There’s a home that looks like space ship here in Chattanooga, TN. You should look it up :)

    • Julie says...

      Yes! The Flying Saucer house! (Fellow Chattanoogan here.) :)

  46. Maria says...

    “I like the ease of a bed without a headboard; just buy a nice mattress and that’s all you need. We also like minimal bedding. My old boss coined the phrase ‘pillow salad’ — like, when you get in bed and throw twelve pillows on the floor! We skip the pillow salad-y stuff.” YES!!! I had a headboard for brief 5 years, from 13-18yo, and I didn’t care for it at all. Since moving out of my childhood home I decided to forego the headboard altogether in every place I’ve lived in – can’t count the times my mother-in-law sent/showed suggestions of headboards though… It’s a thing (foregoing the headboard, that is), but I don’t think people actually get it. I only own white bedding, four pillows and that’s it – if it gets more complicated than that I just don’t sleep well. Favourite house tour ever, seriously!

  47. Emily says...

    Absolutely love this home. If this is suburb living, count me in.

  48. Rue says...

    There are *so* many things I love about this post, but honestly my favorite thing might be that there’s an actual desk chair! My current home office setup includes borrowing one of my dining chairs and putting a pillow on it because girl hasn’t saved up enough yet. But it weirdly irritates me when beautiful home tours include expensive “regular” chairs that would be uncomfortable as desk chairs. Maybe it’s because I spent time working in an industry that was hyper-focused on workspace ergonomics, but I deeply appreciate a dedicated office chair.

    I also felt great reading the “hold onto stuff” advice, because I’ve adhered to that philosophy somewhat out of necessity, but it now captures how I’m starting to feel about my collage of home stuff that’s evolved over a series of moves from one state to another in the US.

    • Melissa says...

      Agreed 1000%!! I love seeing home tours and use them as inspiration for my own home, but every time I see home offices in these tours, I’m always like “Does the homeowner actually work here?! Like sit their butt in this chair for hours on end? That chair is so bad for your back!” I get that ergonomic chairs aren’t always the prettiest, but it just seems like such a disconnect.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this chair seems so amazing! i’d love to try it. fwiw, i sat on an old wooden chair from craigslist for 9 hours a day, back when i worked from home for five years in my twenties. i just got used to it! but i’m sure this one would be WAY more comfortable.

  49. Annelies says...

    What an interesting and inspiring house tour. I love these house tours and how they are always different to the personality of the people who live in them. Thanks for taking us on a tour each time! One question, where is the blue throw blanket in the first living room picture? Can’t find it in the picture… :-)

  50. Alice says...

    I literally gasped at the light in the first interior picture. This is SO beautiful. I live with roommates at the moment and am becoming increasingly antsy about it (yay for London rental prices, you SUCK). I love looking at these house tours and dreaming about my own future home!! This house is so cool, and I love all the self-built/ personal built touches. I recently broke up with a furniture designer and along with my heartbreak about the relationship, I’m super sad about the fact that I no longer get a future of handmade furniture, haha! Ah well. Maybe I’ll find another…

  51. Anna says...

    In love!
    And the interior design reminded me of my great-aunts house, which I loved and miss dearly. Just find it curious how childhood impressions make there way back to us over time, distance and layers of other experiences in unexpected ways, eg, design post. Thank you.
    (And Marimekko (& Iittala) are the cherry on top for me.)

  52. Laura C. says...

    The light! The luminosity! I like it so much, but I have a question, there are no doors right? So it is like a continuous level apartment?

  53. Jenna says...

    LOVE this house & the decor, I think this was the closest to my preferred/ dream aesthetic so far! Do you know what movie the painted scene in the bedroom is from?

    • Suzie says...

      I’m not 100% certain but when I saw the painted scene I thought it was from the movie, “The Lost Boys”. I must have seen that movie a dozen times since I was a kid. Is it strange that a vampire film makes me nostalgic for my childhood? It is a cult classic.

      Here’s a link to scene:
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zfXKGZo7RbE

  54. Love the house, but adored how he spoke about his and his wife’s design decision. He spoke with such respect and joy about her choices and tastes, really lovely.

    • Maryann says...

      Agreed!

    • Julie says...

      Yes! The “voice” of the tour is so charming.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, he clearly adores her!

  55. Erin says...

    Favorite home tour, hands down.

  56. Jackie says...

    Such a cool apartment! I love all of the beautiful art, color, and general cheerfulness. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Some of my favorite people, furry creatures, homes and art! Aude and Rus really know how to make arty welcoming spaces!

  57. I enjoyed hearing mainly the husband’s perspective on his home! Made me wonder how different the narrative would be if my hubby walked you through our home vs me. :)

  58. Carla says...

    I’d marry anyone that bought me a Marimekko dress.

  59. Jeanne says...

    This house is so fun and different from what we usually see. Love the home and hearing their design thought process. And thank you for your generous sourcing. After that fun description of Fur, I want to see a photo of him!!

  60. Jessica V says...

    That’s my home town! It’s always been known as the spaceship house and remains somewhat of a mystery despite being featured in all different architectural magazines. It’s amazing because you pass it on the way to the beach so it’s such a contrast. Guilford is a great town, you should definitely check it out! A nice weekend escape from the city.

  61. Corey says...

    I have family in and around Guilford, and have driven past this building. I always wondered what it looked like on the inside, so thanks for giving me a peak :)

  62. Jess says...

    Always wanted to see the inside!!!! So lovely. Thank you!

  63. I love this home tour so much! And I have the same desk chair and it is absolutely terrific, worth every penny. I was wondering though, did I miss a photo of the kitchen? Its flooring is mentioned, but I scrolled through twice and didn’t see a photo. Unless I’ve just had so much V-day sugar today that I can’t focus.

  64. Carol Wynn says...

    What a cool home! That building is wild.
    I just love your home tours and the commentary from the homeowners about how/why they chose the decor.

  65. Rae says...

    What’s not to love in this home? Every room & vignette feels unique and personal and thoughtful — and it is a great “advertisement” for the benefits of buying art you love. It adds so much personality!

  66. Hannah says...

    Gorgeous home, and I’ve just spiraled into all these incredible design links now thanks to them!!! Land of Nod rugs are so cute, and this Sight Unseen design website?!?!?!?!? New favorite!

  67. This is awesome. My husband and I saw this building when we first moved to the area and always wondered what the inside of the spaceship looked like. This is way better than we imagined! Thanks for sharing your home. Love the space and the decor, especially those Marimekko sheets!

    Ronnie – your piece looks great in that space! Congrats!

    • Thanks Shayna! Honored to have my work be a part of Rus and Aude’s daily life. They are incredible friends with exceptional taste.

  68. Flynn says...

    Like the house, LOVE the cat.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahaha

    • Jeannie says...

      I laughed out loud at your comment, startling my cat sleeping on the bed. LOL I love CoJ comments section.

  69. K says...

    Pillow salad!
    Sweet home, looks well loved.

  70. Jenny says...

    I like what Sarah F. said!

  71. Laura says...

    I totally second that! Spaceship apartment is infinitely more interesting than a post about valentines day!

    Also – I was looking for a photo of this cool couple but there isn’t one!! Too bad :(

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, they decided not to be photographed, and we of course respected that.

      you can see a photo of rustam here (on the right)! he’s awesome:
      http://www.grtarchitects.com/about/

  72. Patricia says...

    I love this house tour! Their art is amazing, but I especially love the cheeseburger on the mantle and the champagne colored balloon.

  73. Kelsey says...

    What an amazing home! Thank you Rustam for the delightful and charming tour!

  74. b says...

    Can someone tell me what “free-form drinking” is? lol

    • Taylor says...

      Who knows, but i’m calling it my plans for Saturday :)

  75. Denise says...

    O my gosh I love this spaceship! What a fun and bright home.

  76. Jen says...

    This is my dream apartment, omg. Lovely! Vaguely obtainable. It looks like people really live in it too. The natural lighting *swoon*.

    “We picked our sofa to match the cat”
    This.
    We moved recently, orange cat bolted leaving us with a tortoiseshell and a brown tabby. Bought a blue sofa – hides the mottled grey/brown hairs pretty well. Orange cat resurfaces – yay – but my blue couch looks like it’s *glowing* as it develops a sheen of orange!
    (I dunno guys. He was tagged and microchipped, we looked, we put up signs – nothing. He just came strolling up the driveway calling for us early one morning!)

  77. Carrie says...

    I actually said “OOOOH” out loud upon first view. The inside is as bomb as the outside. I’d be so interested to see the other tenants apartments too! (Coffee table book idea!)

  78. Emily says...

    I’m sad that there are no photos of the couple, or their cat! Love how the other home tours are personal and include the family themselves.

  79. Lily says...

    Oh my gosh! I gasped when I saw that first living room shot. What exquisite taste they have. Art, color, shapes, a dream. He is also hilarious.

  80. I love this home! It’s filled with light, colour and warmth. A dream home. Thank you for sharing a peek inside.

  81. Beautiful place, very warm and personal!

  82. Lisa says...

    This is in my town!! Right downtown off our New England Green and near the beach! Very cool that the Spaceship house is featured on here! Guilford is an awesome town to live in and to visit :)

  83. I love this home! It looks chic and well put together, but lived in! I hate homes that are decorated so perfectly that you are scared to live in it.

  84. Sarah F. says...

    Hey. It’s 3:15 PST and I noticed you haven’t posted about Valentine’s Day yet. Chances are you won’t because you’re all probably at home already back east, making dinner and changing into sweatpants.

    Thanks for not publishing a Valentine’s Day-themed post. Honestly, there’s enough out there today. What a sweet relief to come here and see a spaceship house tour instead.

    And with that, I must contradict myself and say, love you Cup of Jo. <3

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awwwww :) thanks, sarah.

    • Carrie says...

      Agreed! Valentine’s Day was special as a young girl but now as a grown woman (who’s love language for gifts ranks 0) this day could not be more unimportant! I’m sure my husband loves that hehe

    • Jennifer says...

      What a lovely note.