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This Railroad Apartment Will Make You Want a Shell Pillow

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Mallory Fletchall spends the majority of her time at home in the Brooklyn apartment she rents with her partner, David, and their two fluffy cats. As an interior stylist and the curator of the textile shop Reserve Home, her apartment is very much a work and living space. So, she put great effort into making it a bright, welcoming place. Take a look inside…

LIVING ROOM:
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Light fixture: Mitzi. Curtains: Ikea. Sofa: Interior Define. Rug: Lulu and Georgia, similar. Planter: Etsy. Throw pillows: Adaptations. Shell pillow: Tamar Mogendorff.

On a favorite spot: I spend like 90% of my life in the living room — on the sofa, specifically. I’ll often work there, and my fiancé and I like to cozy up and watch shows on a projector at night. We just finished season two of Dark, which blew our minds. We’re big fantasy/sci-fi people. So, our sofa really had to be comfortable. It’s from Interior Define and I recommend it constantly. People think you can’t have beauty and comfort, but you really do get both with this sofa.

On an optical illusion: One tip I always suggest is that I like to hang curtains higher than the windows, which makes ceilings seem much taller.

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Coffee table: Urban Outfitters, similar. Pouf: Reserve Home. Hanging chair: Urban Outfitters, similar. Shell pillow: Tamar Mogendorff.

On being the host friends: We have people over a lot, mostly for game nights. With our big sofa, we have more seating than many of our friends, so it’s great to have everyone over and make a bunch of drinks and snacks. I notice that when people come over they really feel at home, and that was our entire goal with the living room.

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Display shelf: Urban Outfitters. Photo print: Ruby B and b. Shell pillow: Tamar Mogendorff.

On plant magic: I love our plants. Once you get a watering schedule down, it’s not so much work — and honestly, they’re worth the effort. They really fill a space and I love the pop of green, too. Whenever people don’t know what to do with an awkward corner I’m just like, ‘Put a plant there!’ and it works.

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Planters: Angus & Celeste.

On downtime: Because of my work, my entire life and day revolve around my home. Sometimes I actively look for excuses to leave the house. I also have to set very clear boundaries around work time and downtime. I have rules, like never turning on the TV before the sun sets. I do all my work, all my styling, all my admin stuff during the day, and then once David comes home, that’s my cue to wrap up. Evening is just for unwinding.

DINING AREA:
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Light fixture: West Elm. Table: Inmod. Chairs: Poly & Bark. Record cabinet: Homemade.

On space maximization: The apartment is railroad-style, so I’m all about multi-purposes spaces as you walk through it. Our dining area is also my office, and it’s the place where we keep our record collection. My tip to make a space feel larger is mirrors. Mirrors all day, every day.

KITCHEN:
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Hanging basket: Urban Outfitters. Chairs: Poly & Bark. Counter: Home Depot shelf with DC Fix marbled contact paper. Plate & bowl set: Year & Day. Carafe: Hastings Collective.

On multi-purpose storage: I’m a big fan of open shelving with kitchen storage, because it also allows you to display all your trinkets and dishes. My partner is a painter and we have so much art, so we also use the shelves to prop up small artwork. The other side of the kitchen is being redone right now, because it hadn’t been touched for almost thirty years and was very dated.

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Plate & bowl set: Year & Day. Dish holders: Urban Outfitters, similar.

On cooking: We cook a lot. I love to make enchiladas and roasted vegetables with Israeli couscous. My specialty, though, is guacamole. My trick is adding chopped red pepper, plus lots of extra lime and garlic. It’s my favorite food.

BEDROOM:
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Mouldings: Home Depot, similar. Paint: Backdrop. Bed frame: Urban Outfitters. Bedside table: Urban Outfitters. Bedding: Urban Outfitters. Throw blanket: Urban Outfitters. Shell pillows: Tamar Mogendorff.

On the best DIY ever: The first thing I did when we were setting up this bedroom was add mouldings — like the ones in the living room. You can get them at Home Depot for like 40 dollars! They come pre-painted in white so you just nail them up and paint them over in whatever color you want. It can take a bit of time to figure out sizing and placement, but putting them up is so simple and it makes all the difference.

mallory fletchall home tourShelf: Urban Outfitters. Mirror: Ballard Designs. Rug: Lulu and Georgia.

On creating a haven: The bedroom is just for sleep. I never work here and never use this space during the day. I just wanted to make it a peaceful respite — with bright linens and pink paint, which really brought the space to life. I wanted to make it our little oasis in the back of the apartment.

BATHROOM:
mallory fletchall home tourBath mat: Urban Outfitters, similar.

On an old-school bathroom: The bathroom has also been untouched for decades. We knew we were never going to have the modern bathroom of our dreams here, so we decided to just go with it, bring in some fun bath mats and be playful.

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On New York life: We’re from Kansas City originally, but we LOVE it here. There’s so much culture, so much amazing architecture, so many food scenes. What I really love about New York is that people here are after it, you know? It’s hard to describe, but when you’re here, you feel like you’re a part of something. Our neighborhood in Brooklyn isn’t that easy to get to, and it’s nice to feel a bit removed. It has a village feel. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Thank you so much, Mallory!

P.S. Many more home tours, including a treehouse apartment in Washington D.C. and a pink farmhouse surrounded by cows.

(Photos by Mallory Fletchall.)

  1. jill says...

    did you ever find out where the happy birthday print is from!?! just love it and how much cheer it brings into her home!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, it’s a painting by amy kligman. thank you!

  2. Kate says...

    what a lovely, airy home! thank you for sharing :) the pillows, the molding hack, the plants…and my eye was immediately drawn to the AMAZING fuchsia mules under her bedside table…where are they from?!

  3. arielle says...

    I’m obsessed with the art in this home. Are the abstract shapes and black and white rainbows done by her partner or someone else?

    What a beautiful home!

  4. Michelle says...

    The quirks and the charm are just lovely.
    I’ve been really wanting to try a DIY molding situation. I see people post about it all the time but never show the process. One of my goals this year is to become more handy and comfortable with using all the tools. I’d like to eventually get comfortable with woodwork, repairs, etc. but baby steps! I have NO idea where to start and it just overwhelms me! Any tips/inspiration would be appreciated. Possible idea – it would be fun to feature a handy chick on here.

  5. Amanda says...

    Beautiful! Hanging the curtains so high makes all the difference. And I also LOVE the show Dark, it’s amazing! :)

  6. Grace says...

    What a beautiful, bright sunny home!

  7. Miki says...

    Those vinyl record cabinets are AMAZING!!! I would love to hear more about you built them!

  8. Jen says...

    VERY CURIOUS, because I live with two adorable cats as well and some (IMHO) lovely furniture, but it is a battle to keep the cats from destroying it! How does she keep hers away from that sofa and those floor pillows? Both would be a clarion call for my cats: Destroy Me! Immediately! And yes, we have every cat toy known to the universe, expensive fancy scratchers they love, the Feliway plug-in, we clip their nails, provide plenty of attention…and they are happy cats for sure. But the furniture destruction continues. They are 9 year old boy cats.

  9. Jackie says...

    Fack, now I have to buy a bevy of shell pillows!

    • Anonygirl says...

      Same. I was scouring Etsy, but nothing quite called to me like the ones featured here.

  10. jane says...

    The chandelier totally makes the living room – I love how it works. The entire place is so light and bright, it’s the best of that cozy Brooklyn look we all love so much! Also her gallery wall sense is: A+!

  11. Steve Bennett says...

    Surprised to find photos of my 1976 apartment here :-)
    Everything old is new again. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did then, at about the same time of life, it appears.

    • Elina says...

      That’s crazy and so amazing to be able to see a place you lived in again!!

  12. yup… I want some shell pillows now…

  13. Jasmine says...

    Every detail is beautiful! I love the colors and textures. Fantastic details !

  14. Jenni says...

    Ok, but how is the tile untouched for decades so CLEAN!?? I have a similar bathroom and I’ve tried everything I can think of, and everything I can find on the internet, and the grout still looks disgusting. Love your space!

    • Jules says...

      I’m sure you’ve tried it but just in case- I scrub my vintage tiled bathroom with a dish soap and baking soda mixture and it cleans it right up. A bleach solution will help make a graying grout nice and white too.

    • jane says...

      you can have it re-grouted by a pro. sometimes your landlord will even agree to reimbursement because it’s way cheaper than an actual reno.

    • Jenni says...

      I have tried the baking soda/dish soap combo, and it didn’t get it clean. I used grout renew on my OTHER super old gross tile bathroom, and it does look way better. But it is a huge pain because this old tile also has really skinny grout lines. I will definitely check out Anna Dorfman’s tutorial! Thanks everyone!

  15. Olivia says...

    I would love to hear what all the big plants are! I am on the hunt for a tree or big plant that is not toxic to cats … and ideally does not need a ton of light.

    • heather says...

      yes to this! more one the plants please :-)

    • Adrienne says...

      Yes please….more on the plants and what is not toxic to cats. I want more plants in my home but we have 4 cats that get into everything!!

    • Jodie Resendiz says...

      I third that! Tell us about the plants please.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m asking her now — but she also said this, in case it’s helpful!

      We get most of our larger house plants from Greenery Unlimited https://greeneryunlimited.co/
      or Tula in Greenpoint, Brooklyn http://tula.house/

  16. Ash says...

    This is beautiful proof you can’t have too many shell pillows ,)

  17. katie says...

    Favorite house tour ever. So serene.

  18. Kristin says...

    Great apartment! Fabulous plants and planters :)

  19. Jules says...

    The house tours (and the mirror in her bedroom!) always make me wish you ladies could do a home tour post of someone who practices feng shui or an expert in it. I always try to read about it a little more when I’m designing but the resources dont always seem to align.

    • Vanessa says...

      As a person who grew up with and am surrounded feng shui practices, I’d say don’t get started! My neighbours waited ages for the right alignment of celestial bodies before renovating leaks, and now my walls are mouldy. My mum spent a fortune on renovations and redecorating. Stores have slanted doorways that trip me. I find that with feng shui, it’s hard to know when to stop, and a person end up living governed by fear.

  20. maywyn says...

    Beautiful apartment. Love at first site the shell pillow.
    The last rug link has visitor tracking as in their ads show up on a website I visit.

  21. Catherine Colford says...

    I love the beach print in the bedroom! Can you find out where it’s from?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, we’re asking, thank you! just waiting to hear xoxo

  22. Natasha says...

    Beautiful place! I have a practical question — Mallory, on which wall do you project the movies? I don’t understand it from the photos. I’m asking because I’m in a similar situation — small place, no room for a TV, and I’d like to use a projector. Would love to know your experience and advise!

  23. Carly says...

    I would really love to see house tours and a week of outfits from relatable women from other backgrounds and cultures. What about suburban moms? Stay-at-home moms? Working class women?

  24. Agnès says...

    This last picture would make a gorgeous painting! It completely reminds me of a Matisse. Your home looks lovely Mallory, simple, friendly and happy (and, you have cats!). Thank you for letting us in!

  25. Kay says...

    LOVE this apartment!!
    Could we get the sources for the two seascape photos above the bed please?

  26. Kristin says...

    I love all of the blush and pink in this home. So pretty and inviting. What a beautiful space.

  27. Lynne says...

    I love the home tour posts! This home is so beautiful- I love how they’ve filled it with so much art and warmth!

  28. Hilary says...

    Oh my goodness please post their updated kitchen – it’s amazing!!!!

  29. Mandy says...

    Mallory, what neighborhood in Brooklyn is this? We’re moving from Manhattan in a month and I’ve been looking for a place with a vibe like this! Moving in NYC is so stressful! (And I totally understand if you’d like to keep that private, of course!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      mandy, carroll gardens also has a small-town vibe with lots of young families. i’d recommend it! :)

    • Dani says...

      We live in Windsor terrace (been here for ten years!) and it’s absolutely a village. We know every shopkeeper by name and bump into someone we or our kids know every time we leave the house. Plus we are a block from prospect park. Highly recommend! Rents are a bit more reasonable here as well and schools are wonderful and not insanely crowded and impossible to get into (if that’s something you care about!)

  30. A says...

    I’ve always been curious because I LOVE the look of a lot of Urban Outfitter’s furniture but it’s obviously hard to return etc and it’s still really expensive (higher than West Elm prices for the most part) and they’re not exactly normally known for their furniture.

    Mallory – can you comment on the quality of the pieces (and how long you’ve had them – like the coffee table, etc)? I’m particularly interested in how the quality of their more expensive, big pieces like coffee tables have held up. Does it feel like the cost is justified? Have you been happy with their quality and have you ever had to interact with their customer service over any issues?

    • Danni says...

      I bought a bed frame from UO five or six years ago! Delivery was weird (didn’t hear anything for weeks, then one day the truck driver called and told me he’d be there in fifteen minutes), but no complaints on the quality. I recall that it was a few hundred dollars less than West Elm at the time, so maybe things have changed.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      mallory said over email: “Our experiences with Urban Outfitters furniture pieces have all been positive. We absolutely love our bed frame and matching nightstand from them!”

  31. Sarah says...

    I love it all. And maybe she would be interested in showing us how to make our own DIY record cabinet? I’ve been looking for the right one for us and can’t seem to find it!

  32. Tess says...

    I live right around the corner from Reserve Home!! One of their poufs is high on my list of items I will buy when it is time to put some more money and effort into decorating our home.
    I absolutely LOVED this apartment tour- to me it is the perfect balance of aspirational and attainable. Those moldings are blowing my mind, I had no idea you could do that so easily!

    • Hannah says...

      Right? I think I’ve finally learned to wait and buy things that I *love* and that are of the best quality I can afford, because you never know how long you’ll end up keeping things (I’m looking at you, waste paper basket I bought 15 years ago!).

  33. Ro says...

    This place is beautiful! It really boggles the mind though how much money goes into decorating. I’m currently getting things for my new place and each dish, candle holder, and lamp really adds up, even though most of my stuff is secondhand. When you think about all the items that make up a home… and that’s before even getting to trinkets, mirrors, and art… my word.

    I’ve put a pause on my shopping for now and have been living without “essentials” like a paper towel holder, silverware divider, etc. I guess adding things slowly is the key? I think it’s important to create a beautiful space, but it can definitely take some time!

    • Kirsten says...

      It is a lot! Just a plug for your local buy nothing group on facebook. It’s a great was to get some essentials that others might want to let go of!

    • Katie says...

      I moved into my apartment five years ago and I’m still adding things and doing projects I envisioned doing when I first moved here. I like doing things a little at a time and waiting to really love something (and for sales and good deals to save money!) before adding stuff just for stuff’s sake.

    • Melinda says...

      Ro – slowly is the way to go! When we bought our first home I was lamenting to a friend (a designer) that I couldn’t afford to get all the furniture and artwork I really wanted. She pointed out that saving and collecting things slowly was far better, lest our home end up “a 2019 time capsule.” I thought this was really good advice and it comforts me that it’s ok to add slowly to the collection of things that you love. When I think about homes that I love to be in, they are layered with memories and items from all different corners of the world and pockets of time. Hope this helps!

    • Anna says...

      I’m living without lighting fixture, because money and can’t decide in what to invest. We will get there one day. x

    • H says...

      Ro-

      I’m with ya; as soon as I move in, I want it ready and home-y NOW. Unfortunately, moving costs usually mean waiting a while to find the right pieces. I’m now a big fan of decorating slowly. It also helps that I have a toddler, so we’re trying not to make too many design decisions now. AKA I want new couches and a rug, but we want to make it through the toddler years before we buy some larger pieces.

  34. The color scheme and plants make me swoon! What a dreamy place.

  35. Amanda says...

    Those beautiful poufs are making me seriously wish I had brought back some of my own from Morocco :( Such a beautiful space, and the moulding idea is genius!

  36. Pam says...

    I love the mouldings and am well impressed with how levelled they are. I could not accomplish this! Such a lovely home with charming personal pieces and that natural light pouring in is heavenly❤️

  37. Emma says...

    Hello! I’d love to know where the ocean photo/print in the bedroom is from please! Thanks. And that is a great couch.

  38. Julia says...

    I came just to say this place looks like good energy. AND I love the Happy Birthday print and really need to know where it came from and HOW CAN I GET ONE FOR MYSELF?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her, thank you! xo

    • It’s a painting by AMY KLIGMAN!!! Artist from Kansas City. :)

  39. Meghan says...

    Beautiful! Would love to know the name of the white paint color she used in her living room. It’s so clean and fresh!

  40. Irene says...

    A question: Where is the lighting? I love the sofa, and get it that the table is for working, but shouldn’t there be some lamps at those places? And at the side of the bed? When I look at a beautiful apartment I try to imagine myself reading.

    • Lisa says...

      I thought the same thing about the lack of lights on the bedside! Beautiful bedroom but the lack of lamps would bug me!

    • Trish O says...

      Looks like there could be a lack of outlets to plug in the lights. I was checking out the baseboards and did not see many. I have a really old house with a lack of outlets. We do the best we can. :)

  41. Jax says...

    Oh my god, the first piece of vintage I ever bought online was a pair of black boots from Mallory’s Etsy shop “The Reserve”, about 10 years ago! I wore them to death. Back then her shop had a lot of vintage shoes but it’s virtually empty now, so I’m glad to see that it’s because Mallory has shifted to home textiles. Super happy for her, but Mallory, if you ever go back to selling vintage boots, let us know ;)

  42. Becka says...

    Would also love to know what kind of plant is in the 4th picture from the top, on the right in the pink container. Thanks CoJ!

    • Hi Becka,
      I think it’s a bird of paradise!

  43. Becka says...

    My favorite part of this great post is the bathroom … I lived in a 278 square foot apartment on E 35th b/w Park & 3rd in Manhattan from 2003-2005 that had a bathroom with original 1930s green and black 4″ square tile and I had a blast picking out towels and accessories for such a fun space. It had a little window in the shower, too, something I haven’t had in 2780 square foot houses since <3

  44. Kara says...

    The question I always have for people with beautiful homes and cats (bonus if you entertain in a small apartment like this one): where are your litter boxes? I struggle with this as a cat owner, especially because my cats reject the “prettier” hidden litter boxes. Always looking for good ideas.

    Your home is gorgeous, Mallory!

    • Sarah says...

      Yes! This comment! Now following….

    • MH says...

      Hi, Kara! I live in a fairly polished one-bed apt with one cat, and have put the litter box in the tiny closet (meant to be for coats) in the front hall. (For coats, I’ve hung a nice peg board on the wall nearby.) So for us this little closet is just for the litter box, and it’s worked really well! The box has a cover/cat flap to reduce dust, and we keep the closet door partially closed as well — and you can’t even tell all that much that there’s a litter box in the apartment. It keeps the other areas welcoming and clean for guests/entertaining.

    • Denise says...

      I live in a small apartment and hate a litter box in the living area, so I’ve taken the hard door off a storage closet and hung a curtain over the doorway instead. The curtain allows me to hide the clutter in the storage closet but it also allows kitty access anytime. Inside the storage closet I have the bottom two shelves removed to allow a litter box & room for kitty to move around in there, and I store non-odor absorbing stuff like camping gear, xmas stuff, plant pots, etc in the shelves above. I wouldn’t recommend linens or soft storage though. Similarly, a friend of mine put the litter box inside the cabinet under the bathroom sink and made it accessible by taking off the two cabinet doors and hanging a small curtain. Great use of sometimes wasted space under a sink.

    • Becka says...

      In my tiny apartment, I had a pedestal sink in the bathroom and put a litter box under there and made sure to clean it A LOT.

      I’ve also seen littler boxes on the floor in a coat or utility closet – shut the door when entertaining … *most* kitties won’t want to use it if there are more people in their home than usual!

    • P says...

      Yes I was also just going to ask this same thing! And also looking for cat feeding station ideas.

    • Arianne says...

      Also how do you keep your cats from eating / digging in / knocking over your plants??!?

    • Hannah says...

      We used to keep ours in a closet as well, but I felt the dust was so bad! Two things that helped: we cut an entrance into a clear, large lidded storage bin (like the kind for Christmas decorations) and it has worked tremendously for our cats. Second, Oko Cat litter is truly the best: it barely tracks, isn’t dusty and it does.not.smell. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg!

    • Lilly says...

      We’re in a small old house with no good closets for this, no space in the bathroom, and we’re renting, plus I didn’t want to invest in the ‘hidden’ ones knowing my cat likely wouldn’t be into it. But what we do have is some decently deep cupboards in the kitchen!

      We took the door off one of the bottom ones in a corner, put down a rubber welcome mat, and left a shelf in there to store cat stuff and it’s just a litter cabinet now. Meant to put up a curtain but never got around to it. It’s deep enough that, combined with the rubber mat, the dust isn’t an issue. If you have any awkward big low cupboards you can clear out it might be an option.

    • Denise says...

      Arianne, I had to put big heavy river rocks on the soil of my potted plants to keep my cat from digging. It worked great except it also bred gnats because I didn’t leave enough room for soil ventilation. I eventually took the rocks off and my cat had forgotten all about digging in soil and never went back to her bad habit.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      says mallory: “We use a Litter-Robot and it has changed our lives! We have a back hallway off our kitchen that is used entirely for storage. The litter box lives back there. https://www.litter-robot.com/

  45. Rebecca says...

    This article title is so spot on! Currently dying to get a shell pillow!

  46. A. N. says...

    beautiful! i love the bright, airy, personalized feel and mostly THE PLANTS!

  47. tina says...

    I loved every nook and cranny in this home! Wow! So much inspo! And that “birthday” frame is wonderful!!!!

  48. Maria says...

    The Poly & Bark chair is a cheap copy of Hans J Wegner’s beautiful Y chair. Please don’t support design rip-offs!

    • Rebecca says...

      I am not a design person and am wading into unfamiliar water here, so please be patient with me — but I am not sure I understand this. I just googled this, and it looks like the original chair was designed by Hans Wegner in 1949, for Carl Hansen & Son. They do still make it, and it costs $765 (on DWR).

      Is there not a point at which it’s okay for people who can’t spend $765 on a dining chair to have access to this beautiful design? Does it hurt the designer in some way, in this case? Just to be clear – those are sincere, not rhetorical questions. This just isn’t an area I really know much about.

    • Heather says...

      I’m seconding Rebecca’s questions here – I don’t think its the same scenario as an indie artist who sells their designs on Etsy getting them ripped off by a large corporation. Given the extensive price variance, I imagine there isn’t significant overlap in the consumer audience.

    • Danni says...

      Hey Rebecca! Here’s an article that addresses some of these questions: https://www.surfacemag.com/articles/knockoff-furniture-real-impact/. I’d also recommend the episode “77 Steps” from the podcast 99% Invisible, which does a deep dive into one example in particular (the Emeco chair). Happy learning!

    • Miruska says...

      Most mid-century furniture (not sure about this chair specifically) sold cheaply is not ripoffs as the patents have expired. These are legitimately produced products. I have no problem with purchasing them since most of them are not originals anyway, but reproductions based on the original design (including expensive ones).

    • Heather says...

      Danni – That’s really interesting – thanks for sharing! I’m still conflicted with the comparison of an $800 chair to Urban Outfitters. But totally on board with a lot of what the article covered specifically about independent designers or true counterfeits which identify as the real thing.

    • Maja says...

      The patent is not expired on the y-chair as far as I know. Either way, the original looks much nicer than these copies… other than that the apartment was beautiful.

  49. S says...

    Beautiful, feminine home and I am envious of her amazing green thumb! She’s also inspired me to go peruse UO a bit more. Would love to know where the throw on her bed is from?

  50. Cat says...

    Stunning stunning home. Any tips for keeping things tidy when you use your dining table as your desk? We have a small apartment which forces us to do this as well. Whenever it’s time to set the table for dinner we are trying to move piles of computer chords and leaving our laptops on the floor. When people come over, there is always some lingering paper on the table or a weird mix of placemats and computer mouses. Our dining table always looks like a mess. What is your solution for the desk-dinner combo??

    • Maggie Hall says...

      Seconding this question!

    • Reba says...

      Mallory may have a more elegant solution, but in my house…trays! Not the ugly plastic office inboxes, but some thrifted ones that once brought mint juleps out to the porch (maybe just in my imagination?). One for laptop, mouse, cables, pens; one for Project 1; another for Project 2. Beyond that, I am allowed to use a casserole dish, but that is usually my signal to stop multitasking and finish something. The trays are large enough for paper, small enough to fit a few on the table, easy to shift. They store flat, stack a little, and can, in a pinch, be used forming juleps. Trays, I say!

    • Trish O says...

      Reba, I second the trays. Big fan here for my office in my bedroom situation.

  51. What a lovely apartment. I love the pastel colors

  52. Denise says...

    This is a beautiful home. I love all the pink & yellow throughout. Plus the plants & cats make it a home. Live critters are awesome!

  53. Emily L says...

    I LOVE this apartment! We just moved and it’s an adjustment to go from owning to renting again. This gives some inspiration to brighten up our new space! I love that pink can just feel fresh and not necessarily feminine.

  54. Trish O says...

    Really beautiful home. My 20-something apartment was in KC on the Plaza and I loved it, but I was not this stylish. That was 20+ years ago. Would have loved to have had her decorating eye. Love this home.

  55. Lauren E. says...

    The moldings!!! Wow, what a difference they make. Gorgeous place.

  56. Anna says...

    Beautiful styling and a lovely home, especially keeping in mind it’s a rental.

    And so sorry, if not the right place to share- the next part is not about this particular home, it just triggered the thought process. As I kept scrolling, I couldn’t help, but think, “I have seen this before”. On Insta, on blogs, in magazines. I loved all of these trends when they first emerged- white walls, blush pink, woods, lots of light, plants!, that candle company, curated wall art and tchotchkes, but now it feels like the critical mass has been reached and this aesthetic is everywhere. (Like that JWDA lamp.)
    These places are still lovely- both stylish and warm, I’m just wandering what’s the next trend avalanche to hit us and where do we go from here. Would love to see Ms Mallory’s home in 5-10 years and how her aesthetic direction will have changed. x

    • Christine says...

      I was thinking exactly the same thing!! I feel like this “look” is everywhere and I find it cluttered, repetitive in colors and textures, and am also a bit bored by it. Cute shell pillows though, and their cats are beautiful!

    • Charlotte says...

      Hi Anna,

      I am with you :) Yes, it is indeed a nice flat (thanks for letting us in :)). Yes, it has indeed a design vibe displayed repeatedly (on IG, not here specifically). It does not mean that it lacks individuality (whatever that means) but that a certain type of home seems to have become loved all over the world.

      Soooo, CoJ, I have a question I would like to discuss with you :) Instead (or additionally to) of making home tours – where sometimes the instagram-ableness seems to overtake life’s reality – how about making a new feature “The kindness feature”, which could be: humans taking care of their elder relatives, people helping at a help-hotline, people helping others, humans telling a story where someone helped them etc… let’s give people a space who do good – in a “small” way, not the “I founded a NGO when I was 12 and now I am CEO of whatever – and show that kindness is indeed necessary AND seen AND could provide us all with this fuzzy feeling of believing in humans … instead of a feature which might just make you want to buy (buy buy buy) a new planter etc. …
      Your sincerely, you very lovely blog & humans,
      C

    • laura says...

      I think it’s usual for people’s preferences to change as time goes by, and to get inspiration online, or from other homes. I personally like to look at this style (this home is lovely!) but I like a modern victorian look for my own use (I got that phrase from emily henderson’s blog). Anything darker, jewel-toned, a little cavelike but elegant (lol).

      There’s always a lot of trends, but it’s about making it your own! I like the idea of constantly crafting in a sustainable way. For me, the idea of having a completely “finished” space or look would be boring.

    • AJ says...

      Yes! This home is lovely. Generally speaking though, I’m so tired of seeing identical or so, so similar pieces everywhere: the ubiquitous fiddle-leaf figs, round mirrors, macrame wall-hangings, woodblock prints, brass accents, globe lamps…
      And lets not forget the french press, because that’s how we all make our coffee now :)

    • Tonje says...

      Interesting! I think it looks great, but I actually don’t see alot of white on Instagram these days. The trend in Norway right now is ditching all the white and being bold with color. Check out @farge_dagny if you want some examples, she is a very popular color expert in Norway. It’s fun to see what is popular in other countries, right now the popular trends seem quite different in the US and Norway.

    • Kara says...

      You know what I’m tired of seeing on the internet? People yucking someone’s yum. Particularly when they couch it in a “compliment, but” statement. If this style isn’t for you, great! Think that thought then move along.

    • Nadia says...

      This style is just one of many home decorating trends at the moment. Joanna and her team do an excellent job showcasing the various home decorating styles and trends of the time. I’m sure 10 years from now, these home dwellers will have kept some items (nostalgic, useful, meaningful) and passed on others as trends and tastes evolve.

    • Audrey says...

      Agreed, Kara. I understand if something is not PC or inclusive and you want to voice your concern. But the style of someone’s home? Really?

    • Kristyn says...

      Kara’s response to this comment is exactly how I feel. COJ does a very good job of moderating comments. I always enjoy reading the comments and have learned so much from other readers, but I bristle at comments like Anna’s. I feel like someone shared something personal (her home, her aesthetic) and it’s treated like a defective product you want to return. If someone invites you into their home, please be polite.

    • Christine says...

      Kara, just wanted to say how much Ioved your comment “yucking on someone else’s yum” – that just says it all. I am flabbergasted by all the negativity.

    • Rashmi says...

      It’s a mixed blog featuring everything from posts on home, beauty, books and parenting. Not very difficult to read the ones one is interested in and skip the rest. Or at least refrain from negative comments on a post about an actual person! It’s her home! She likes the colours! If it isn’t yours you can just snigger and congratulate that your style is better. Doesn’t mean you have to run hers down.

    • Heather says...

      Well said, Kara! Jo and team do an awesome job of showcasing wide ranging aesthetics. They’ve shown many that don’t represent my personal style, but that I can appreciate and get inspiration from nonetheless. I really loved Mollory’s home – especially the pink/yellow/blue combinations – those are my favored pops of color too.

    • Anna says...

      I do apologise if my comment caused upset and can see that I could have expressed the thought better and more empathically. If Cup of Jo team thinks it should be removed, I would understand.

      As I said the place is beautiful. What I wanted to convey was the navigating of trends vs more or less timeless interiors. Maybe I’m projecting personal reasons, but slowly renovating my own place (with lots of ”trendy” remnants from early naughts), I’m genuinely curious about this topic. And where to look, but at what designers themselves are doing for their homes? I’m not a creative, but wouldn’t the juxtaposition of trends, comfortable living and enduring design be their area of expertise? How to merge these fundamental differences? I try to choose every item in my home as thoughtfully as possible as I know I won’t be able to change the look for foreseeable future. The paint job will have to last for a long time, the coffee table will have to do. I have a millennial pink living room with lots of plants. But do I love that pink or did I succumb to the hype? Do I really invest in terrazzo or will it look dated and foolish in a couple of years? That’s why I would love to see how the place and designer’s work evolves, what stays, what goes. And what comes next in trends, what will our reaction be to the over-saturation of this very predominant style (at least in my bubble)? E.g., I have loved following Joanna’s and Caroline’s home tours and moves for the exact reason that they have always felt stylish and fresh, while also being liveable spaces with a “core character” that carries through and evolves with trends and beloved staples.

      Thanks for Instagram suggestions. If there are any recommendations on where to read a deep dive on the topic or other places where to look for a discussion (for a lay person), I would be happy to hear them. (E.g, also loved the real designer pieces vs fake vs inspired by discussion above.) Also hope that I expressed the thought more clearly, English is not my first language.

  57. anna says...

    would love to know where those towels are from in her bathroom!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      says mallory: “They’re from Anthropologie. We got them quite a few years back, but they always have a lovely assortment!”

  58. Annie Bigwood says...

    Beautiful space! I definitely want a shell pillow. Also curious about those towels! Where are they from?

    • Alexandra says...

      I have seen towels like it at World Market.

  59. Janine says...

    What’s the story on that fridge? I see some pink there. I’m very intrigued!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      says mallory: “It’s actually removable wallpaper that I adhered to our old refrigerator. Our fridge was very large for the space and didn’t match the rest of the design, so I covered the sides with wallpaper from Urban Outfitters. https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/pink-current-removable-wallpaper

  60. Elle says...

    Fabulous! I would LOVE to learn more about the crown moldings you found at Home Depot and any recommendations you have about using them…

    • Laura says...

      I love the artwork in this home! Can we learn more about the birthday cake one in the living room?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we will ask!

    • Bonnie says...

      My biggest tip is to make sure your walls and ceiling meet evenly around the room you want to DIY. If not, it definitely does not look nearly as nice. Paint hides that well; trim/molding does not.