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This L.A. Apartment Is a Book Lover’s Dream

Julia Leach house tour

Julia Leach, a creative director and co-founder of Sublime, a branding consultancy, has lived in Venice, California, for six years. “This apartment has a bit of a speakeasy vibe,” says Julia. “You enter through an apartment complex and it doesn’t look like anything too special — you don’t expect the skylight and the sunshine.” Here’s a look inside (and the most incredible gallery wall!)…

LIVING ROOM
Julia Leach house tour

Coffee table: Lucca Antiques, similar. Chairs: Paula Rubenstein, similar. Sofa: Steven Sclaroff, similar.

On creating an epic gallery wall: I didn’t make a plan ahead of time. I just collected things and put it up, picture by picture. Over the years, I’ve collected pencil and charcoal figurative drawings from flea markets. Plus, there are drawings I love by Hugo Guinness and photography from 20×200, especially the horse prints. I was a big advocate of 20×200 from early on.

On seeing what’s there: Every once in a while, I’ll be having dinner with a friend, look up, and realize, wow, I really love those images so much.

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Bookshelves: Room & Board, similar. Sculptural floor lamp: lighting shop in New York, similar.

On entertaining: The kitchen looks over the dining room, so I can be chopping onions and still chat with people on the couch. Half the fun of entertaining is putting it all together visually. I always do a spread of olives, marcona almonds and olive oil drizzled over Parmesan cheese.

On breathing room: I’m a tall person — just brushing six feet — and the first thing that drew me to this apartment is that the ceilings are 18’ tall. I love the generosity of the space. It’s incredibly open and intimate at the same time.

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Candles: Hammer Museum gift shop, similar

On a favorite author: My pile of books has grown so much that now I need to slide books in sideways — they’re not fitting anymore! My favorite author is James Salter. His novels, including Light Years and A Sport and a Pastime, are etched in my memory. The book he wrote with his wife, Life Is Meals, is the perfect host gift.

DINING AREA
Julia Leach house tour

Dining table: Borge Mogensen, similar. Chairs: Paul McCobb, similar. Horse portrait: Steven Klein, similar.

On a passion for horses: When I was growing up, my dad lived on a farm, and he invited college students to come study pottery every summer. One summer, one student asked to bring her horse. I was five, and I fell in LOVE. I rode horses throughout my childhood, and when I moved to L.A., I was thrilled to be able to ride again. That’s my time when the world disappears. Horses are so elegant and peaceful, and I get strength from them. Feeling that sense of freedom while riding — it’s so good for my mental wellbeing. I’m happiest when I’m at the barn.

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On putting art on the floor: I have a collection of black and white photos, and they feel like they want to live together on the ground. I also like a little breathing room on the walls. It creates more dimension — your eye is looking up and down as you walk through the space.

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Bookshelves: Room & Board, similar.

On breaking it in: To me, a house isn’t a home until you have friends come over. People you love helps give a house its soul. Six months after I moved here, I had a housewarming party, and it really helped warm up the space.

KITCHEN
Julia Leach house tour

Fruit art: Irving Penn, similar.

On crowd-pleasing meals: When friends come for dinner, I do a salmon with cumin brown sugar glaze, sautéed spinach with golden raisins, and pine nuts, which is always a hit. It’s not too complicated. I found the basic recipe years ago and have tweaked it to be my own.

And desserts: My friend turned me onto a Suzanne Goin recipe for a lemon tart. You make it with a really thin layer of dark chocolate between the crust and the lemon. It’s kind of like gilding the lily, you know? But it’s so delicious and a crowd pleaser.

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Firework photograph: Lisa Kereszi. Bar cart: similar. Decanter set: Iittala.

On art that tells a story: This framed photograph shows a hill in Connecticut with fireworks going off. It captures a cinematic moment — there’s definitely a narrative going on, but you’re not quite sure what it is. Is it beautiful or is it dangerous? And what’s happening with the truck? But then you look at the top of the print and see fireworks. It’s mysterious but also celebratory.

DESK AREA
Julia Leach house tour

On an inspiring space: I change my inspiration board yearly. It takes time and reflects the mood I’m in. When I first moved here, it was all blues and greens and nature and ocean and horses. But now the color palette has shifted. Last year, I became obsessed with pairing Yves Klein blues with pinks, and then the collecting began. I take things from old magazines, book covers, quotes I love… it’s a magpie approach.

BEDROOM
Julia Leach house tour

Bedside table: Steven Sclaroff, similar.

On private space: I’m not a frilly romantic person, but the bedroom feels serene and quiet and just feminine enough. Because I live here alone, I don’t mind that the bedroom peers out over the living space. It’s still private.

Julia Leach house tour

Concrete lamp: OK Gallery, similar. Perfume tray: Rose Bowl Flea Market, similar.

On unwinding: I grew up without a TV, so I’m one of those oddballs who has been slow to embrace shows. I just watched The Sopranos, twenty years late. It stood the test of time! I have a projector and from time to time I’ll project a movie onto the wall, especially old movies.

BATHROOM
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Portrait on wall: flea market, similar.

On a décor mantra: My advice for people is: Collect, don’t decorate. I have things that I love from 20 years ago and from today. Find things that move you, and don’t feel that you need to rush.

OUTSIDE
Julia Leach house tour

White chair: Lawson Fenning, similar.

On a daily ritual: I have an outdoor area that gets light all day long. When I’m starting the day, I open up the double doors into the patio. One thing I didn’t appreciate before living here is the theater of the sky. In New York, you see slivers of blue, or outlines of the sky behind the buildings. In Venice, you get a different cloudscape every day — massive clouds, sunsets. I love watching it.

Julia Leach house tour

Thank you so much, Julia!

P.S. More house tours, including a family’s downsized dream home and a cozy Minnesota house.

(Photos by The Ingalls for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Meg says...

    The bathroom tiling makes my heart sing. Would you happen to have an idea of where it’s from or how to look up similar options? Thank you!

  2. Lauren says...

    What type of plant is that, growing up the outdoor wall?

  3. Inês says...

    It looks like polished concrete with a dark coloured wax or varnish.

    • julia says...

      It is!

  4. Donna C says...

    I know this is a little late and not sure it will be seen but do you know what type of flooring is in the dining room area?

    • julia says...

      It’s a polished concrete, no wax, light varnish.

  5. Whitney says...

    This home is so gorgeous and chic, but so welcoming. I love the art collection and abundance of books. Well done. The floral arrangements are absolutely stunning too! Beautiful styling.

  6. Erika says...

    She is just the coolest..

  7. Carly Anne Travis says...

    Obsessed with that Lisa Kereszi piece. Did you buy it or print it yourself and frame it?

    • julia says...

      Hi, Carly – I bought it. I bought it via her gallery several years ago; you can now contact Lisa directly through her website (http://www.lisakereszi.com). Hope that helps.

  8. Kari T. says...

    Just had to comment on how perfect that photograph of Julia’s bedroom is, such an interesting shot. Applause to the Ingalls!

  9. Kate says...

    I’d love to know where the living room rug is from- it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for

    • julia says...

      Hi, Kate. It’s Moroccan Berber from The Rug Warehouse in Culver City (LA). Hope you find something similar. :-)

  10. Kayla says...

    Sorry if this question has already been answered, but what are the paint colors used!? I’ve been looking for neutrals that aren’t dentist-office like?

    • julia says...

      Hi, Kayla. I always use Benjamin Moore “Cotton Balls” – it’s a soft white that has a beautiful balance to it. Hope that helps.

  11. I vote for a week of outfits based on the one photo featured of her. I wear shorts as much as I can get away with it… They are simply how I am most comfortable. BUT it can be tricky to wear shorts and still look like a grown up professional woman. So I’m definitely interested in hearing about Julia’s wardrobe.

  12. Beautiful! The small white ceramic basin holding bangles on the bathroom counter next to the sink…. wow. Can you please share where it is from? I want one!

    • julia says...

      Shanti, Hi there. This dish/bowl was a gift from a dear friend. Though I’m not sure where he found it, you can likely find something similar at Global Table in NYC (in Soho – one of my favorite shops) or at OK Gallery in LA, or online, you can try the Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop or the MoMA Design Shop. Hope this helps.

    • Thank you, Julia! xo

  13. Roos says...

    Love your house and especially all the books! Do you know where the small wooden bird in the kitchen is from?

    • julia says...

      Hi, Roos – thanks for your kind words. The bird toothpick holder is a vintage find. I haven’t seen anything new that’s similar, so perhaps Ebay will be the best place to hunt around? Hope this helps.

  14. monica says...

    Can we do a style on Julia? She has such a cool vibe, I would love to hear about her fashion look and approach

  15. freya says...

    “the theater of the sky”
    how beautiful

  16. Anonygirl says...

    Home tours make me wish I were more settled and not moving every year so I could collect art and books and beautiful things. It gets expensive to move when there are a dozen boxes of books, plus furniture and a million other things.

    I always think I’ll pare down my collection to a dozen or so favorites, but I work in a bookstore. There are always advance copies to be had and I leave with at least one or two new books each week.

  17. steph n says...

    This may be my favorite house tour yet!! I love the “collect, don’t decorate” I have things that were hand me downs that are over a hundred years old, things that I have from my very first apartment and reminders of travels all over my home. Books are a foundation. I can’t imagine home without piles of books.

  18. Janet Bell says...

    How beautiful! I would have loved to have seen a shot of the kitchen too

  19. Jessica says...

    This is just perfect – and I love the mention of Light Years by James Salter. Truly one of the most beautiful writers I have ever experienced. When I turned 16, my dad gave me all of his James Salter Books and told me it would open my eyes and ears and mind to the beauty of prose.

    I re-read light years every year as I feel like I know the characters and the house on the Hudson.

    Love this interview.

    Jessi x

    • Madison says...

      Wow! I cannot think of a more beautiful or special gift! x

  20. Grace says...

    Beautiful, but I see these frames on the floor and can’t help but be puzzled about the best way to clean the floors with something like that in the way…Would I have to move it all around every time to clean behind them ?
    Obviously, there is a difference in choices regarding home decor for people who can afford to pay someone else to dust around all the trinkets. I’m not criticizing, just musing on the fact that differences in income play a big role in choices like that. You can collect vintage decorative pieces for a bargain and imitate a beautiful style like the one in those pictures, but if you’re not rich you still have to clean all of it yourself !
    I love this blog with its impeccable taste inspiration, but it often makes me sad because it usually feels out of reach and something I will never be able to afford.

    • Sarah says...

      I was thinking the same thing! How does she clean? I absolutely love the aesthetic, but my Type A self couldn’t help but wonder. :)

    • Sequoia says...

      What are you cleaning behind the frames? She said she lives there alone. I think this is a difference in the amount of dust one can handle. I style plenty of things on the floor and my salary is more in line with a housekeepers not hiring one. This drives my mom crazy as she’s a type A cleaner but the hidden dust doesn’t bother me.

    • isabelle says...

      If it makes you feel better, I have $64 in my checking account and have things on the floor. Nobody has ever cleaned my apartment for me. I have a dog so I vacuum every Saturday. If you feel the need to clean behind them, just move them or use the vacuum extension to reach behind, the same way you would with a piece of furniture.

      The best way to reduce your cleaning workload (and utility bills) is to just live in a smaller place, but people don’t like to hear that.

    • Susan G. says...

      It depends a lot on your tolerance to dust :D
      I’ve got TONNES of collectables and trinkets out and basically only dust when it gets to the point that things look flocked. I vacuum religiously as I have several cats, but dusting? big nope…

  21. Annie says...

    Gorgeous home! And all the BOOKS! I love when books are out for everyone to see and to be grabbed and read!

  22. Jax says...

    2 things:

    Love that the books aren’t arranged by color (for a change).

    I love James Salter’s writing as well, but hadn’t heard of “Life in Meals”. Thanks for the tip!

  23. Lauren says...

    also could you ask for more details on the candle photo from the gallery wall? I’d love to know who the artist is and whether that was a 20×200 find. I scoured their site but couldn’t find it

    • julia says...

      Hi, Lauren. Thanks for checking in. The candle photo is by Nan Goldin.

  24. Jessica says...

    Beautiful! Is the still life of the grapes by Laura Letinsky? I love her work and have one of her pieces in my dining room!

    • julia says...

      Hi, Jessica. Yes, it is – great eye!

  25. Julia says...

    I’d love to know where the office furniture is from. Thank you!

    • julia says...

      Hi, Julia. My office chair is from Herman Miller. Hope that helps. Thank you!

  26. Christine Hart says...

    Favorite house tour yet!

  27. Lauren says...

    I adore this tour. Her art collection, and how prominently it is featured, is the stuff of dreams.

  28. Diane says...

    Beautiful home, I love her style. I also agree with the collect don’t decorate approach, then everything has a meaning behind it. On another note I love her silver jewelry, can you share where she purchased it?

    • julia says...

      Hi, Diane. Thanks for your kind words. Much of my silver jewelry is by Kendall Conrad, an LA-based designer. I also have pieces by Kate Jones (Ursa Major), and then the other pieces have been picked up along the way (Mexico, gifts from friends, or heirlooms from my mom). Happy hunting/shopping. ;-)

  29. Rae says...

    The art is such a beautiful and personal collection. Dreamy….

  30. AJ says...

    Wow. The lines, the chairs, the light, the colours… the geometry of this space, and how you’ve made it both abundant in personal touches (books, art) yet at the same time so orderly. Love it!

  31. Whoa, that photo wall is EXACTLY the inspiration I needed for my own massively blank wall at home! I’m in love with the ease and freshness that emanates from Julia’s space. I feel more calm and relaxed just looking at these photos! I also love the idea of going against the grain and putting photo frames together on the floor. Because why not?! Everything seems so thoughtfully organized. I second (third? fourth?) the suggestion to ask Julia to be in a beauty uniform post!

  32. This place is my dream! I always enjoy the Cup of Jo house tours.

    Stephanie

  33. I love this tour! I’m a photographer and really appreciate the way she incorporates photos into her space. :)

  34. Jennifer L Vercelli says...

    Absolutely gorgeous space and totally my style! I have that horse print on the bottom left, bought ages ago on 20×200. I’m now congratulating myself on my good taste.

  35. Susan says...

    My favorite home tour to-date. Lovely.

  36. Abesha1 says...

    We are TV free by choice, too, but every now and then wish for a big screen. I’d love some more info on the projector… Does the room need to be really dark? Is sound incorporated? Brand/type?

    Thanks!

    • Meg says...

      We also have a projector that we have used to project onto a blank wall, and now have a pull down screen (which we have hung twinkle lights around for a theater marquee affect). It’s so fun! Our room gets decent light, but is still fine during the day to see clear images (or black out curtains do wonders) & great at night. The sound coming from the laptop is fine for a small group, but an external Bluetooth speaker is perfect for more than a handful of people. Our projector is by Epson. Look on Offer Up or Craigslist for decent ones at even more decent prices. A surprise benefit has been hosting a lot of Saturday morning cartoon breakfasts for our supper club- which used to be Sunday nights, but as more and more kids have been added into the mix, it’s been fun to do a potluck breakfast, pull down the screen, fire up the projector and let the kids set up camp or wander in and out!

    • julia says...

      My projects is by Epson too. ;-)

  37. So chic! I love it! Those Paul McCobb dining chairs. Be still my heart. Swooning.

  38. jules says...

    those café au lait dahlias. #swoooooooned

  39. Denise R says...

    Thank you for posting her home! I am a huge fan (stalker) of her library. She has had her homes posted in various magazines and I always save them!

  40. Kristin says...

    “Collect, don’t decorate” – YES!!
    I love this home so much. :)

  41. Lyndsey says...

    I absolutely adore Julia’s home and found her insights so compelling! I would love to have her do a week of outfits post.

  42. Mallory says...

    This home tour felt so inspiring (vs jealousy inducing). Validation to be thoughtful about what is meaningful and beautiful to you and to fill your home with it. Love!

  43. Cindee says...

    Would you please identify the perfumes pictured? Just curious about what scents Julia selected…perfume is my thing

    • julia says...

      Hi, Cindee. The perfumes are Byredo Inflorescence, Chanel Gardenia, Sana Jardin Savage Jasmine, Rodin, and L’eau Serge Lutens. Truth be told though, I don’t wear these, I’m still loyal to the very first Kate Spade Beauty scent that is a blend of honeysuckle, jasmine, gardenia, lily of the valley, and tuberose (I have to buy it on Ebay!). I still haven’t found a scent that I love as much as this one, so any suggestions would be welcome. I like white florals, but not too sweet or heavy. Honeysuckle is especially hard to find.

    • Nigerian Girl says...

      @Julia: Elie Saab Le Parfum In White.

    • julia says...

      Thank you, Nigerian Girl – I’ll check it out!

  44. Ro says...

    Yes! I love to “collect, not decorate,” as I never feel right in a room that’s been fully kitted out with brand new items from Target, West Elm, etc. It ends up looking like a movie set instead of a home. I’m currently in the process of finding eclectic prints and framed artwork from thrift stores. It creates a much more interesting story, and it’s so fun to hunt it all down!

  45. mb says...

    That bedspread is BEAUTIFUL!

    • Lilly says...

      Seconded, I would love to know where it’s from!

    • Serena says...

      Agree! Where can we find it online, please?

    • julia says...

      MB, Lilly, and Serena, Hi there. I bought this duvet cover several years ago on One Kings Lane; unfortunately, there are no tags remaining to indicate the brand. I do, however, have a similar lightweight bedspread by Les Indiennes (https://lesindiennes.com/product-category/les-indiennes-originals/bedding/). Perhaps you’ll find something from this line that you like? Thank you and enjoy.

  46. Yesss love a good gallery wall!!!

    • Also I vote for a week of outfits with Julia!

  47. PLEASE do a week of outfits with her. Based on the last photo, I want to see more of her effortlessly chic look.

    • Lyndsey says...

      Agreed!!

    • Kristin says...

      Agree! Yes, please.

    • Sam says...

      I’d love that, too!

    • Emily says...

      Yes!!

    • jessica says...

      Another yes for a week of outfits!

  48. kim says...

    gorgeous in so many ways! please share where the blue chambray top is from. thank you.

    • julia says...

      Hi, Kim. Glad you like the shirt – it’s from Save Khaki. :-)

  49. Whoa, holy high ceilings!

  50. Sisu García says...

    i want to move into this house asap! loved it, the color palette, the aesthetic, the vibes!!
    Also the artworklet me so inspired! when I get home I will definitley bust out my charcoal and draw somethings! have been focusing on watercolor a lot lately but the sketchyness of charcoal is so lovely!

  51. Abby says...

    “Find things that move you, and don’t feel that you need to rush.” – Should be cross stitched on a pillow or etched into a piece of wood and hung on the wall

    • joy says...

      i agree!

  52. Ron says...

    Beautiful! I’d love to know where the bed cover is from – it’s so gorgeous!

    • Katelyn says...

      Me too!

    • julia says...

      Hi, Ron and Katelyn. I bought this duvet cover several years ago on One Kings Lane; unfortunately, there are no tags remaining to indicate the brand. I do, however, have a similar lightweight bedspread by Les Indiennes (https://lesindiennes.com/product-category/les-indiennes-originals/bedding/). Perhaps you’ll find something from this line that you like? Thank you and enjoy.

  53. Kathryn says...

    So beautiful and unforced. I find the Cup of Jo house tours to be so magical because they show a diversity of people living in spaces that work for them, sometimes that get lost on the internet. Thank you for making a space for a wide variety of styles!

  54. Beautiful- really dreamy space, light, floors… makes me imagine a world post toddlers where I can have art on the floor without dire consequence :) …love it. And absolutely agree on the collect-not-decorate mantra / slow decorating… the difference between a show home and a beautiful, beloved, curated space. Thank you!

  55. ES says...

    Gorgeous home! Is it possible to know where she got that bedspread from?

    • julia says...

      ES, Hi there. I bought this duvet cover several years ago on One Kings Lane; unfortunately, there are no tags remaining to indicate the brand. I do, however, have a similar lightweight bedspread by Les Indiennes (https://lesindiennes.com/product-category/les-indiennes-originals/bedding/). Perhaps you’ll find something from this line that you like? Thank you and enjoy.

  56. J.B. says...

    Life is Meals is one of my favorite books. Ages ago, when our second son was born (at home), we took a play from the book and swiped his lips with a drop of excellent wine when he was minutes old, just like old French royalty, so he would always know and appreciate the finer things in life. Now that he’s a big guy, he does!

    • Grace says...

      Beautiful, but I see these frames on the floor and can’t help but be puzzled about the best way to clean the floors with something like that in the way…Would I have to move it around every time to clean behind them ?
      Obviously, there is a difference in choices regarding home decor for people who can afford to pay someone else to dust around all the trinkets. I’m not criticizing, just musing on the fact that differences in income play a big role in choices like that. You can collect vintage decorative pieces for a bargain and imitate a beautiful style like the one in those pictures, but if you’re not rich you still have to clean all of it yourself !
      I love this blog with its impeccable taste inspiration, but it often makes me sad because it usually feels out of reach and something I will never be able to afford.

  57. Calla says...

    Wow this home is so beautiful! I think I want to be Julia when I grow up

  58. Shauna Orton says...

    Can we please see what this woman wears!!!!! She is so elegant!

    • Lyndsey says...

      Yes please!

  59. denisem says...

    I love her advice to collect things you love instead of decorating. This is a beautiful space and my collections of things would fit in differently but it would still be amazing.

    • GL says...

      The floral arrangements are stunning!!

  60. Abby Marie Hall says...

    Would LOVE to see Julia featured on a week of outfits, please!

    • Meredith says...

      I second Abby Marie’s motion for a week of outfits please!

    • f says...

      Totally agree! I saw that dish of gold bangles and wanted to see her personal style ASAP. . . Would love to know who made them!!
      Love that people open their homes to readers. I think it’s incredibly brave and intimate.

    • Laurie says...

      Yep- that is the perfect chambray shirt. Would love to know the source. Love this home- my favorite style. And the advice to collect, not decorate, is golden.

    • julia says...

      F and Laurie, Hi there. Thanks so much for your kind words – they’re so appreciated. Most of my brass bangles are by LA-based designer Kendall Conrad. You’ll find she has a great selection (https://www.kendallconraddesign.com/collections/bracelets). My chambray shirt is from Save Khaki. Thanks again.

  61. Andrea says...

    Beautiful! Dying to know where the salt and pepper shaker with the sugar tray is from!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We will ask!

    • Helen says...

      And the blue ceramic holder next to the perfumes, please. Thank you!

    • AA says...

      We had the same salt and pepper shaker when I was a kid! So probably vintage?

    • julia says...

      Andrea, Hi there. This is vintage – apologies that there’s no modern equivalent I can point to as an option, but will post if I come across one.

    • julia says...

      And Helen, about the blue circular ceramic piece, this was a gift from one of my best friends. I believe she bought it in Paris. I’ll ask… ;-)

  62. Jessica says...

    Joanna, have you read The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher? It is a classic – “beloved” is often used to describe it – told primarily from the perspective of a woman who spent parts of her childhood and the bulk of WWII in Cornwall and aches to go back when she is in her 60s. It is a beautiful, generational family story full of art and literary references. I thought of your posts about your family in and visits to Cornwall while reading it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      It sounds wonderful! Thank you for the recommendation!

    • Danielle says...

      Such a good recommendation! I always think of it when Joanna mentions Cornwall. There was a little thread about it in the comments of Lulu’s beauty uniform.

    • A says...

      I read this book a few months ago because of recommendations in the comments on this blog! I loved it.

    • Kamina says...

      I second this recommendation for Rosamunde Pilcher! Most of her books are set in Cornwall. I discovered her recently and she immediately became one of my all time favourite authors.

    • Christina says...

      As an older reader, I can attest to Rosamunde Pilcher Shell Seekers as the hot beach read when it came out. All of her books are wonderful, charming tales. Since sadly she is no longer with us, I went on to enjoy the books written by her son – same last name, cannot remember his first name – who writes in the same style and settings.

    • Jessica says...

      His name is Robin Pilcher. I am looking forward to reading Winter Solstice (another Rosamunde Pilcher book recommended to me as a cozy winter read) next!

      Off to find the comments on Lulu’s post!

  63. Elizabeth R says...

    This is my favorite tour HANDS DOWN. I am going to come to it again and again. For sure planning on making those recipes too. As a book and art lover, I love how much of both there is.

  64. Tiffany says...

    Definitely my favorite house tour yet!!! Gorgeous!

  65. Katherine says...

    Totally blown away by the florals. Just magical.

    • LW says...

      Agree! They steal the scene in every shot, in my opinion! Wish I could get my hands on some of those here in snowy MN!

    • Lauren E. says...

      YES! The florals! They totally caught my eye, too. What a lovely addition to a spectacular home.

  66. Jennifer says...

    This was a good one. Really good.

  67. xla says...

    ugh, this is my favorite.

    is the firework photo still available or purchase?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We couldn’t find it anywhere online but you might reach out to the photographer directly? Xo

    • xla says...

      thanks for the suggestion!

  68. Pam says...

    Ditto the wows. This is my favorite featured space to date!

  69. Taylor says...

    Beautiful beautiful home! I totally agree with “collect don’t decorate”!!

    Have so many questions about the frames and framing–when you buy these pieces do they come with frames? If not, do you frame everything yourself? If so, where do you find the framing materials!

    My husband and I collect mementos and put them up with a washi-tape aesthetic, but when we move I’d love to frame all our memories and have a big gallery wall like this, but the framing alone, even from a place like Framebridge would be in the multi-thousands of dollars for 20+ frames! I’m so curious!!!

    • Heidi says...

      I love frames from Michael’s! They have so many sizes and they are on sale all the time. A few times a year they are 60-70 percent off, so you can get frames of all sizes in prices ranging from $3 for 5×7 to $20-ish for a large format. They look modern, too… black, white or plain wood. I also like to paint a background color on a canvas (also cheap at Michael’s) and washi tape smaller pieces or photos to the front and change them out from time to time.

    • Maire says...

      I like to thrift a lot of my wall art, mostly for the reason that it usually comes in very nice frames. But you can also thrift nice empty frames and craft stores like Michaels usually have very reasonable prices and coupons for many different size frames and mats!

    • I get a lot of frames from Ikea or Michaels. If you sign up for Michael’s emails, you get discounts and the sales are pretty great. And the plain wooden frames from Ikea look pretty nice:)

    • steph n says...

      I thrift lots, art and frames are generally very plentiful. Don’t overlook that frames are easily painted as well.

  70. Lora says...

    Is her bedspread vintage? It’s beautiful

    • Kirsten says...

      OMG, yes, it’s amazing!

    • Lora says...

      Thank you Beckwith!

    • julia says...

      Lora and Beckwith, Hi there. I bought this duvet cover several years ago on One Kings Lane; unfortunately, there are no tags remaining to indicate the brand. I do, however, have a similar lightweight bedspread by Les Indiennes (https://lesindiennes.com/product-category/les-indiennes-originals/bedding/). Perhaps you’ll find something from this line that you like? Thank you for the Saffron Marigold tip too.

  71. samantha says...

    This is one of my favorite homes you’ve featured! I love how it’s both clean and uncluttered but also warm and welcoming. And, I like that it’s a small(ish) space that feels big. She’s done a beautiful job.

    • Lesley says...

      Same!

    • Barb says...

      I fully agree! It’s one of the best homes I’ve seen here, the one I’d love to move in right away. Coziness and elegance ❤

    • Lisa says...

      I feel the exact same way. iLOVE this home!

  72. celeste says...

    Beautiful. Making those recipes immediately. Thanks for working on your break, J. :)

  73. Rosie says...

    I love when you feature the apartments of single people. I love my family, but I often ache to have the freedom of my own space again. There was nothing more comforting than to go home to a place where everything belonged to me and reflected my aesthetic. It’s so refreshing to see a space that is unapologetically singular. Nobody there to offer their opinion on where that painting should go or if the throw pillow is too big. Jealous!

    • Heather says...

      Rosie, I love my family too and I ALSO have these thoughts. I like to play a game in Homegoods where I ask myself, “How would I decorate my kitchen as a single person?” and then I select the most feminine, kitsch, breakable, awesome things.

    • Paula says...

      co-sign all of this. with kids, husband, and a pet, I dream of luxurious white couches, linen sheets, breezy off white curtains blowing in through my casement windows, again the pale wood floors and luxurious vintage Persian rugs.

    • Wendela says...

      That was my thought too—love this woman’s entire aesthetic and will now fantasize about running away (from my husband and kids, ha) to live in a gorgeous one bedroom apartment exactly like this one.

    • isabelle says...

      This is what keeps me from wanting to move in with anyone else. I love my space, and I especially love my complete control over it. To be fair, I’ll probably still have control once I decide to cohabitate but it’s just great to see something on a whim and never have to ask or decide if we both agree before doing it. I also tend to rearrange furniture recreationally…

  74. Julie says...

    Wow. Beautiful. Just wow.

  75. Amy says...

    Wowowowowowow.