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Caroline’s New Apartment Brings the Drama

Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

A couple months ago, my neighbor shared some news as he passed in the hallway: He and his wife were moving to Amsterdam and leaving behind their (bigger, brighter, situated-on-a-lower-floor-and-equipped-with-a-yard) apartment. After some consideration, I decided to jump on it. Take a look inside…

LIVING ROOM:
Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

Paint: Farrow & Ball. Floor lamp: Target. Bookshelves: DIY. Dining table: Organic Modernism. Dining chairs: Salt, Loop, Era, Masters. Console table: Anthropologie. Patterned rug: CB2.

On (more) room of one’s own: When I heard this apartment was available, at first my brain said: It’s too big for just you, shouldn’t you stay put until you’re ready to move in with someone or get married or buy a home or… Then just as quickly, I realized none of those things were true. Somewhere in my subconscious lurked a tired combination of imposter syndrome and a deep-seated belief that women don’t deserve nice things for ‘just’ themselves. But I’ve been working like a madwoman for the past few years, so why the eff not? Two weeks later, I moved in.

Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

Painting: Hidir Jiang Tapanoglu via Organic Modernism. Rolling cart: vintage. Stool: CB2.

On a very unscientific method for choosing paint: For the living room, I looked at approximately 3,940 potential colors (I carried swatches in my purse like a loon) before finally landing on Dead Salmon. This choice was 100% due to the name, which made me laugh. The color changes at different times of the day, so depending on the light, sometimes the walls look pink, sometimes they look tan, sometimes they look brownish-mauve. It’s like living in many different apartments.

Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

Curtains: custom. Sofa: Ikea. Globe lamp: Ikea. Cacti table lamp: CB2. Coffee table: Organic Modernism. Hand chair: Anthropologie.

On living with taxidermy: I don’t eat animals, yet there’s an antelope on the wall and a bobcat on the side table. I realize this makes little sense. They were gifts, have been a part of my previous homes, and are sentimental to me. Would I purchase them myself, at this point in my life? No. But I love them and I think they’re beautiful, in a Museum of Natural History way.

Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

Horse photograph: Eventide Collective.

On life imitating art imitating life: As soon as I saw this photo print, I knew I had to have it, but I couldn’t put my finger on why. Later, it dawned on me: My boyfriend has red hair and I have brown hair, and this is basically us, as emo horses. My subconscious totally took the wheel on this one. Now we can never break up or else I’ll have to redecorate.

BEDROOM:
Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

Hand curtain holders: Anthropologie. Leopard rug: Collyer’s Mansion.

On being the phantom of my own opera: The bedroom has a very large doorway that lacks a door. So I installed these ridiculous velvet curtains that make me feel like I’m about to perform in The Phantom of the Opera every time I walk through them. It gives the whole operation this dramatic boudoir vibe, which, let’s be honest, I am all about.

Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

Paint: Farrow & Ball. Bedding: Wamsutta. Table lamp: JWDA. Side table: scrap from a lumberyard.

On embracing darkness: The bedroom is a windowless cave, and after some trepidation, I decided to jump off the proverbial deep end and paint the walls a deep blue-black. It was absolutely the right decision. At night, it is so DARK that everything recedes and it feels almost like the room is hugging you. Last week, I covered the headboard with metallic brocade fabric (a quick and dirty job using a hammer and some nails) because by that point I was like, let’s just do the thing. Bring on the drama.

Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

Console: CB2. Mirror and chair: vintage.

On the nighttime chorus: The darkness is very conducive to sleeping, but the noises are not. The radiators all have nicknames based on the sounds they make. There is Dragon, Hissing Witch, Locust, and Serial Killer (who clangs and bangs, like someone’s breaking into the apartment with an ice pick). Sometimes, they’ll all erupt in a cacophony in the middle of the night, prompting me to check if Serial Killer is actually a serial killer. Want to sleep over?

BATHROOM:
Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

On bathing in 1950: The bathroom is of another time, but I love it. The tiles are the color of Pepto, and the water temperature in the shower has an agenda of its own. I lined the medicine cabinet with removable panther wallpaper, which serves the dual purpose of hiding unsightly rust stains and bringing me joy whenever I’m washing my face.

HOME OFFICE:
Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

Desk: West Elm. Chair: Kartell. Side table: vintage.

On a multipurpose space: This weird little room is my home office / yoga studio / meditation center / storage unit. What this really means is I haven’t figured it out yet. Suggestions are very welcome!

Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

Paint: Farrow & Ball. Be Calm print: Louise Bourgeois via LACMA. Feminist print: Otherwild.

On writing books: In addition to working at Cup of Jo, I’ve written seven books in the past two years. This has typically meant working seven days a week and forgoing a social life, but to every thing there is a season. I’ve collaborated on celebrity memoirs, where you get to be the midwife of someone’s story and the keeper of their secrets. I feel fortunate to do this work; it always feels like a tremendous privilege to bear witness to someone’s life stories. I’ve also written books about fashion and health and cooking and fitness. And I wrote a series of novels for children — the first one is almost out! (Ahem, if you pre-order, I will love you forever.)

Caroline Donofrio Apartment Tour

On holding space: I’m an unabashed believer in magic, which is to say, I think it’s something we cultivate for ourselves. I keep this little altar, with a rotating cast of meaningful objects, things I’m working on, photos of loved ones, and reminders to stay the course. When it comes to home, I think Maya Angelou said it best, ‘The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.’ And that is my favorite thing about it.

Thanks so much for coming over! Let me know if you have any questions.

P.S. More house tours, including a beautiful bookshelf and more dramatic walls.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. Styling by Veronica Olson.)

  1. Quinn says...

    This is just positively SPECTACULAR! Caroline, I love all of the magical, mystical aspects of your apt (crystals, moody paint, an altar!). Would love for you to talk more about your spiritual life if you feel comfortable with doing so!

  2. Katie Truelove says...

    When I first moved to NY from the LA area I had never lived with a radiator- it took me days of going over to my windows and looking to see if someone was climbing a pipe with an ice pick to figure it out! Even once I knew it was the radiator I would still check for climbers periodically!

  3. Hannah James says...

    I would love to see what the kitchen looks like!

  4. Iara Bruz says...

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on women having a big house/apartment for their own. After I got divorced, I wondered if I should move to a smaller place. And the answer is no! I deserve a big space for myself (and my cat).

  5. you have the same bathroom tiles as Villanelle!

  6. despina says...

    Hoorah! Although I am not a big fan of taxidermy lol, it has been so refreshing to see such a beautiful take on maximalism and color. I am sick of seeing white walls with “minimal” white furniture and cold rooms resembling asylums and hospital waiting rooms.
    Houses should be warm and welcoming, have piles of books and beautiful, nostalgia inducing items, collect dust, be cleaned and be lived in “properly” spreading joy. I wish you every success in your endeavors and may the new year bring you health, abundance and clarity. :)

  7. Temme says...

    I love it! Caroline, where did you develop your eye for interiors? I can’t believe you got such a pulled together look from so many disparate pieces. What are some decorating pointers for those of us not so preternaturally gifted at visualizing spaces?

  8. Love everything about this — your apartment, your style, your voice. Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. Rosa says...

    I love it all, the whole vibe. The black walls, the door curtains, the taxidermy, everything.

  10. K. says...

    I LOVED this home tour. It was so refreshing to see a home tour where I didn’t leave feeling like I needed to run out and decorate my house in tans, Pottery Barn, and $200 candle holders. Again..LOVED IT!

  11. ruby says...

    I have read through every single comment in hopes that someone had asked where that amazing shoe rack is from?!

  12. Jody says...

    Caroline, ask your landlord to ‘bleed’ your radiators. They have water in them which causes the loud, insane banging noises. After they have been bled never, ever turn them off when they are on-hot to the touch. Only shut them off when they are stone cold. Take it from me who lived in an old San Francisco Victorian for most of my life these are tried and true radiator fixes and best care practices. I promise you, you can live in peace and harmony with these old clunkers, push your landlord to take care of this- it’s their responsibility!
    Good luck!

    • Lisa says...

      You can also buy a little key like doodad at the hardware store and bleed them yourself. Cut out the middleman! :)

  13. Samantha says...

    CAROLINE! I love this space. Most of all, I am still so, so FREAKING obsessed with your Lincoln and dog painting. I remember you posting it a few years back, and have had screenshots of it on my phone since. Jealous you have it! I hope to have someone recreate it for me one day, because it doesn’t exist on the Organic Modernism page. Happy for you!!

  14. Ashley says...

    Everything about your apartment is incredible! In case you want to silence the nighttime chorus, you just need to bleed your radiators! It’s actually super easy and there’s a bunch of tutorials online—or maybe your landlord can do it? I live in a 90 year old house and we usually have to do it once a year to silence our hissing witches and serial killers.

  15. Elizabeth says...

    Caroline is a genius of life, its magic, and its dark magic. Such a privelege to see how her ideas manifest in her space.

  16. Lori says...

    That very cute pupper on the couch? Would love to have doggy details.

  17. michelle says...

    what a beautiful home! in a recent sea of coastal-chic minimalism (which i still admire), this is highly refreshing and so very dramatic in the most perfect way.

  18. Brettne says...

    Love this: it is SO YOU. Keep on being the phantom of your own opera. You are a magnificent woman, Caroline.

  19. Bex says...

    ok so I love the concept of putting wall art, cushions on the floor but how do you guys vacuum?? Like do you have to move them around every time you clean the floor? Doing that every week would drive me crazy hehe

  20. Summer says...

    Caroline, your home is beautiful!

  21. Lauren says...

    This is my favorite home tour you’ve ever done, and I love them all. So inspired!

  22. What a beautiful house! “Somewhere in my subconscious lurked a tired combination of imposter syndrome and a deep-seated belief that women don’t deserve nice things for ‘just’ themselves” reading these words makes me realize that I have the same thought. Yes, we deserve nice things just for ourselves!! Love the post!

  23. Becca says...

    Brava! Love your apartment and all your aesthetic choices! I had an apartment with that exact color and style of tile when I was in grad school. At the time I was not a fan of pink, but I decided to embrace it by cutting out and framing the most over-the-top high fashion ads I could find to make my bathroom an ultra-femme space. Now I miss my 1950’s pink bathroom. Enjoy :)

  24. Quinn says...

    Thank you so much for sharing your lush sanctuary with us, Caroline. You have a fantastic eye for treasure and luxury and charm. I just started living alone for the first time in my life (at 35), and it is an exercise in occasional scary loneliness, unabashed self-expression, and surrounding myself with treasures, colors, and feelings that make my soul feel safe. I feel like we are kindred witchy spirits. I love everything about this!

  25. Annalisa says...

    “Somewhere in my subconscious lurked a… deep-seated belief that women don’t deserve nice things for ‘just’ themselves.” This has deprived me of so many joys, small and big, but I’ve never heard it articulated by someone else. Now that I’m aware I do this to myself, I think the small joys I actually miss more. On a lighter, but maybe at the same time darker note, I realized I wasn’t peeing if I was in the middle of chores, or simply just because… I don’t know. Part of me remembers my mom saying that when she was pregnant she learned to hold her pee simply by necessity — I then took that as a womanly virtue and generalized it?? There are other things too — I won’t buy myself something small on Amazon, but my husband has never had any problem doing that (he encourages me to do the same, and is actually the person who is helping me break this habit of non-giving). Deserving of an in-depth article series. How many choices do we make big and small like this?

  26. Amanda says...

    WOWOWOW this is breathtaking!
    I just have one hyper-specific sourcing question… where did the bust that holds your necklaces come from?? She is so lovely <3

    • Elizabeth R says...

      It is an antique (she mentioned way below) BUT if you go to antique shops or search on EBT.com or even Etsy, you are likely to find something similar.

  27. steph says...

    I hope this doesn’t get lost in the sea of comments (besides being late), but on the bar cart, on the second shelf, what are those boxes (?)? I’m obsessed with boxes/containers/lidded things. I have them all over.

    I love your apartment. It seems you. Not just another 20/30 (are you there yet?) something, living in NYC, trying to make it person. You have a collected, took some time to acquire, completely you home. Thanks for sharing!

  28. It’s a gorgeous space. You are a gorgeous human. I love your verve for going for your dreams and trying those things which may make you pause, and then diving in anyways.

  29. Elizabeth R says...

    This is a dumb question but I was wondering about the scrap side table.

  30. Love! But….as with other tours, I see no storage. That’s what brings down my place.

  31. Emily says...

    Wow. I just love this home. Thanks for sharing, Caroline! It’s so bold but also sweet at the same time. I might have to steal some of your design ideas for my tiny Brooklyn apartment…

  32. Gina Dwyer says...

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE the drama of your bedroom! The velvet curtains, (those hands holding the curtains!) the darkness, the MAGIC alter!!!, it all looks so rich and elegant!
    The little “not sure what this room is” room is perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing. Looks like a great place to write with all that light coming in :)
    Love all the oddities and unusual pieces in your place, and yes, I’d love to sleep over ;) haha

  33. Cynthia says...

    Your apartment is glamorous, Caroline. I adore the blue velvet curtains you have at your bedroom doorway. Our cast iron radiators occasionally thump or groan, but nothing like yours. I guess you have steam heat. Congratulations on your first preteen novel! I saw it on Amazon, and now I want to read it! Okay, I’m not a kid, but still…

  34. Liz says...

    Ah-maze-ing! I also hope you show us the yard one day! As a city dweller myself, I yearn for outdoor space and I love to see what others do when they have it.

  35. Shena says...

    I love your writing, love this blog, and I applaud you for making your home beautiful, but I have to say that I find the dead animal decor to be a bit depressing…even if it is faux. As a 40-something with 3 kids I prefer calm home decor, but I’m sure in my 20’s I would have died over those dramatic and gorgeous velvet drapes. Keep doing what you love.

  36. Kiley says...

    So inspired by the drama of those blue velvet curtains! I’m typically hesitant to design with color, but I am so influenced by the rich color scheme of your decor. Thank you for sharing!

  37. C says...

    Love it, love everything. Do you find yourself dusting all-day-every-day? All those things on the floor in my house would have me constantly cleaning!

  38. Martha says...

    You’re a rock star! Love your writing. Thank you for sharing your magic Caroline! Ordering your new book now’

  39. Kara says...

    Although I know this post is about an apartment, but as a book-lover, I was immediately interested in the book information. I have a 9 year old girl who is a voracious reader and I think she’ll love your new series. I’m curious if “Cala” is your middle name or a pseudonym. So interested in why you chose this!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Yes, Cala is my middle name and in my everyday life, I typically use all three names (Caroline Cala Donofrio) because it feels like a way to honor my family, where the names come from.

      When it came to the children’s books, I wanted to own them fully, but also keep them separate from my writing for adults. Sometimes my typical essays or stories might have adult themes, and I was careful to keep the children’s books clean and appropriate for younger audiences. Writing under Caroline Cala felt like an additional way to keep the projects separate and ensure I could write as honestly as possible for different readers.

      Thanks for the great question!

    • Gina Dwyer says...

      I see your children’s books, but cannot seem to find your adult books online. Can you tell me where I might find them? I’ll definitely be showing your children’s books to my great nieces! :)

  40. Jenn says...

    Holy crap. I really like the entire aesthetic, but I’m in love with those curtains and the dark, dramatic bedroom. Also, she helpfully gives a name to my previously-unidentifiable desire not to get rid of the taxidermy stag head (dubbed ‘Pedro’, not by me) mounted in our living room above the fireplace. He’s been there forever–since long before my boyfriend moved into this house as a group of dude roommates–and while our female roommate doesn’t overly care for Pedro, I feel curiously attached to him. Now I get it; Caroline’s ‘natural history museum’ analogy totally clicks for me.

  41. Kylie says...

    First of all, I love everything about this home! From choosing the better apartment FOR YOU, to the awesome dining room table (that base!), to those perfect velvet curtains, this has such personality! But the thing that sent me scouring the internat was the removable wallpaper in the medicine cabinet. That’s pure genius! I have a lackluster and rust speckled medicine cabinet and I just spent the last hour in a wallpaper rabbit hole! Now my only problem is that I have only one medicine cabinet to wallpaper and approximately a hundred favorite patterns!

  42. Kate says...

    Beautiful & inspiring home! I love the dramatic flair & touches, especially those velvet curtains. But also, where is that black dress you’re wearing in the first picture from?

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! It’s from BCBG, but around ten years old. One of my favorite standbys.

  43. Karen says...

    Seeing Caroline’s apartment makes me want to be a maximalist! Caroline exudes cool and you can tell she knows exactly what she likes. Kudos, lady!

    Also, the man in the painting with the dog totally looks like Abe Lincoln! Is it just me?

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      It IS Abe Lincoln! When I first saw it, I thought it was just a doppelgänger, but when I bought it, the person at the store wrote it up as “Abe Lincoln with Dog.” As it turns out, the artist (Hidir Jiang Tapanoglu) paints mostly presidential portraits, in many different styles.

  44. So gorgeous! I looove the curtains as doors for your room. We have a doorless room in our home (baby room) and looking for a not-ugly solution.

  45. Meghan says...

    Regarding the purpose for your second bedroom: my friend has a small interior room in her apartment (not big enough to fit a bed, no natural light). She calls it The Workhorse (I always see it capitalized in my head). It’s the room where presents are left half-wrapped, where laundry is left to dry, where those piles of paper that you-are-going-to-go through-tomorrow-you-promise stack up. It’s basically the room that allows the rest of her place to be calm, organized, and orderly.

  46. LAURA says...

    lovely! im curious – do you own a television?

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      I do own one, but it isn’t currently set up. I’m considering just going without one for the foreseeable future, because to be honest, I haven’t really missed it! The few shows I love (Killing Eve, Mrs. Maisel…) I’ve been content to watch on a computer.

    • LAURA says...

      very interesting! thanks for your answer. i don’t have a television in my bedroom, and i feel like that makes it all the more special when i go to a hotel and get to watch tv in bed.

      PS – i’m also a fan of mrs. maisel and killing eve.

  47. Kim says...

    This is so unimportant, but is the shiva one figurine you have, and styled in different shots or do you have multiples?

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      I have two. One is slightly larger than the other.

  48. Allison says...

    May I ask where you purchased the lucite jewelry case? I’m mid-Marie Kondo of my place, and need a beautiful/simple/functional solution to the jewelry issue!

    Thanks for taking us on your home tour, it’s both beautiful and beautifully written. Can’t wait to read your new book!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! The one you see here is from The Container Store, but I’ve also seen similar versions at Muji.

  49. Marianne says...

    My bathroom has the exact same pepto pink tile! I find it the hardest room to decorate and feel like home. Any chance you can post some more pictures on how to upgrade/decorate a pepto pink bathroom?

    • Stacey says...

      I have the same tile in my bathroom too, so I just decided to embrace the whole granny chic look and put up a floral shower curtain, vintage flower still lifes, and some ornate music boxes. That may not be a helpful suggestion, though, as many people don’t think the words “granny” and “chic” go together :)

  50. SB says...

    This is beautiful, and feels so you (even though I don’t know you!) – an inspiration and reminder to create a home that feels like me. Thanks for sharing, y’all!

  51. Kimmy says...

    WHERE’S THE KITCHEN FAM?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha it’s in a small, dark nook when you first walk into the apartment so caroline wanted to skip shooting it. but maybe we should go back and take a pic since people do seem to want to see it! :)

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      It’s a very narrow, New York style situation that was too hard to photograph. I assure you, you aren’t missing much. :)

  52. Glad you went for it! Looks beautiful, and loved that you chose your wall color based on the name! (Also, who names the colors and how do I get that job!?)

  53. Elizabeth says...

    This is probably weird, but do you have a floorplan picture of the apartment and would you be willing to share? The home tour feels incomplete if I don’t know how the home flows..where do you enter, where is that 1950s bathroom, where do you cook (even if you don’t want to show the kitchen), is your home entry in the office or is that the lovely outdoor space? It just brings me such joy/sense of completeness when I can see the whole home flow.
    Also I love that you went with the dark bedroom, with those curtains it is all gorgeously high drama!

    • Bianca says...

      I was wondering the same thing exactly… I need to ask if we can have a floor plan 😀 please

    • Carmen says...

      I’d also love this please. I’m such a visual person that I *need* a floorplan to understand the space. Gorgeous Caroline!

      I can’t tell you how much aI love COJ! Happy New Year team.

  54. Nancy says...

    THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROOM I’VE EVER SEEN. YOU GO CAROLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Sarah says...

    Wow! Your home is glamorous yet down to earth and feels just so real. The colours, the trinkets, the “holding space” . . . all of it really. I’ll definitely use your space as inspiration for my next home. Congratulations on your book deal! You’re such a talented writer and I’ve been hoping you’d publish something for a while now.

  56. Laura says...

    Love seeing home tours like this. I see a design/interiors book in your future, Caroline :)

  57. Kirsten says...

    I love the layers of white paint you see built up on baseboards and trim in NYC apartments. All those previous lives lived in your space – so cool!

  58. kim says...

    I’ve been seeing so much minimalist decorating lately and all white and wood, etc and it’s not really my style so it was so refreshing to see your beautiful apartment. It’s so cool and I can imagine Steve Nicks lounging in it….highest praise! Hope you show the kitchen one day.

  59. Arlene says...

    At first I read, “passed,” and thought he passed away in the hallway, oop. Nice place…

    • virginie says...

      mee too! (so weird!)

  60. Kate says...

    I’m crazy about the bold, glam and dark vibes in here. I wish I could be more confident in making design decisions and knowing it will all come together to look unique in the right way. LOVE.

  61. Caroline should write a how-to guide on how to be as cool as her. Major envy (the good kind) over here. I can’t seem to pull my own apartment together.

  62. Denise says...

    Love the colors and the wall of books! How gorgeous and dramatic. I don’t love all the dead animals and the nod to unnecessary animal slaughter. Whether faux or real it’s cringe worthy and helps glamorize trophy hunting.

    • Sarah says...

      Agreed. Just really gross. And I don’t understand how someone who doesn’t eat meat (if that choice is for ethical reasons) can stand to look at them. Yes I read that they are “sentimental” to her – but for me it’s just a huge disconnect.

  63. Kelli says...

    Absolutely beautiful home – I love following where various apartment furniture/objects have landed in each of your apartments that you’ve featured Caroline!

    Now…tell me who cuts your hair because it looks fantastic in that first photo of you sitting on your couch!

  64. Alice says...

    I freakin love seeing Caroline shine so bright.

    Congratulations on your glamorous, oh-so-you space and your well-deserved success!

  65. Cara says...

    I would love if Caroline did posts on about 1) what it’s like to ghostwrite for a celebrity, and 2) how she got book deals! I’m always fascinated by that process.

    P.S. You apartment is amazing. I am very much a fan of velvet, and those curtains are life.

  66. Patty says...

    What a beautiful apartment!! Please share how you made those book shelves. And which candles are you burning these days? I spy a Byredo and a Boy Smells but which ones?
    Oh! Last question- that gold floor mirror in your bedroom- where is it from?

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! I wrote more about the shelves a few comments down. For candles, right now, the Byredo is Bohemia and the Boy Smells is Redhead. I also have a Diptyque Feu de Bois in my office, because that might be my all-time favorite. And the gold floor mirror is Ikea circa 2006. It’s the first thing I purchased for my very first apartment!

    • Heidi says...

      I vote for a comprehensive candle review post on Cup of Jo. All the staff and their faves. For the winter Hygge season and all. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good idea, heidi!

  67. Heather says...

    Wow drama is right! But where’s the kitchen??

  68. JABM says...

    Holy. Smokes.
    Obsessed.

  69. Andrea K says...

    Can I just say that I love that there is no bar cart to be seen?! Having grown up in a house where the same bottle of tequila sat on the top of shelf of a forgotten cupboard my entire life, it’s something that’s not quite “normal” to me. Even though I admittedly love me some beautiful bar cart decor, it’s quite refreshing not to see something that pops up in almost every home tour (on Cup of Jo or elsewhere). Maybe she has it in her kitchen… but it’s still nice to see a change :)

  70. Megan says...

    As a skincare-obsessed lady, I would love to hear about your skincare routine (I zoomed in hard on the shelfie, but couldn’t quite identify everything). Your skin is always lovely and clear, so do consider a post à la Into the Gloss! xo

  71. Laura says...

    I have that same glass head that’s under the bedroom table. Funny enough when I met my husband he had that head in black glass and I had one in clear glass. We were obviously meant to be. The heads now sit together in our kitchen.

  72. Glenda says...

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful HOME! Love it! Love the vibe. Love to hear more about your BF :) Maybe a relationship post :)

  73. Nancy R. says...

    Love your apartment!!! Can you tell me where you got the mirror leaning against the wall in dining area (in the photo with the bookshelves)

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! It’s from Ikea, but a few years back.

  74. Caroline! You have such a great eye! Your home is gorgeous!

    This spoke to me so much:
    Somewhere in my subconscious lurked a tired combination of imposter syndrome and a deep-seated belief that women don’t deserve nice things for ‘just’ themselves. But I’ve been working like a madwoman for the past few years, so why the eff not?

    I just had this conversation with my husband a couple of weeks ago. I don’t ever feel like I deserve the best things, and I have not been able to articulate why. I have worked tirelessly for 15 years in career that made me downright miserable so I could climb the ranks and bring in the dough and I have nothing tangible to show for it. I made a commitment to myself that in 2019 I would be a little bit more selfish (beginning with quitting my longtime, lucrative job). I feel so much guilt (although I’m trying not to), but I realized that being a bit more selfish on the surface is actually the best thing for everyone. It dawned on me that I didn’t want to set the example of unnecessary sacrifice for my daughters, I certainly didn’t want that to be the expectation of women from my son, and we all would do well to not live with a miserable sad sack.

    • Caitlin says...

      Hey Meltown,

      If you’re looking for a cathartic (if not also motivating!) read, this is a theme that Michelle Obama discusses extensively in her new memoir, Becoming. As someone who is currently in the throes of trying to figure out her career trajectory, it was such a relief to see that these questions resonated deeply with someone who I consider to be the epitome of success, Mrs. Obama. Best of luck on your job hunt in 2019!

  75. Patricia says...

    Girl! I love how unique you are. I LOVE seeing someone express who they are. These days on the internet everything looks the same. Caroline for the win!

    • Carolyn says...

      I couldn’t agree more! This home tour is SO SO refreshing bc it doesn’t follow the typical “formula” (white walls, fig tree, Eiffel chair, Pendleton blanket, wicker basket…… Yawn!) Caroline-your home says something about you and reflects your unique spirit and personality… So so cool! Caroline for the win!

    • Helga says...

      My thoughts exactly. I love all of the home tours but this was so special. People throw the word around but this actually is unique.

  76. CJ says...

    I love the wallpaper in the medicine cabinet trick!! We also have a retro bath- green/yellow speckled tile in the bathtub and rusty medicine cabinets from another era- it’s almost charming. And you make me want to paint my bedroom darrrrk. Maybe.

  77. Christina says...

    Do you have any tips to share on that FAB DIY bookshelf? I am swooning over here!

    • emma says...

      I THINK she wrote about it on the post she did on her prior apartment.

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      I did! But here it is, so that it’s handy — I bought lumber at a local lumber yard and track shelving brackets from Home Depot. Then I had my handyman help install it using giant anchors so it could support the weight of the books. I’ve had the same shelves in my last four apartments and somehow the measurements always work!

    • Christina says...

      Thanks so much! I may have a new home project on my hands :)

  78. escondista says...

    This apartment is so glam, Caroline. It must feel like walking into a glamorous hotel every day after work.
    Keep living the dream.

  79. alison says...

    So beautiful! I love that you have a wall of books-my family also has a wall of books but with all the Marie Kondo stuff out there, I began to second guess it. But that wall brings my husband and me such happiness!

    Also loved the medicine cabinet idea (we totally have the same bathroom tiles you do as well). Thanks for sharing your home!

  80. Michelle says...

    Psst, that’s not an antelope. It’s a gemsbok.

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Indeed it is! But a gemsbok is a type of antelope. :)

  81. Sheila says...

    I’d love to hear more about how you got into ghostwriting, Caroline!

    • Cailin says...

      Agreed! This is so fascinating to me.

      A post on career trajectory for the CoJ team would actually be a great read. As someone who is ALL OVER THE PLACE I always find it really interesting to hear how people ended up where they are.

    • y says...

      YES!

    • Julie says...

      Yes, please! Love Cailin’s idea of a “career trajectory” post.