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This Apartment Brings Southern Hospitality to Brooklyn

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Nurse Ellen Capuano Parker lives with her husband, Darrell, their schnauzer, Gerty, and their cat, Shabooms, in a cozy apartment in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. “Ellen isn’t happy until you feel at home,” Darrell says, “She won’t stand for it!” The couple also makes their own furniture and lighting under the name Parker Dearest. Here’s a look inside…

ENTRYWAY:
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Helmet: Thousand. Backpack: Raven & Lily. Entry table: Yesterday’s News. Posters: Hope Street Farmer’s Market in Providence, Rhode Island. Gold frames: Amazon.

On creating a beautiful home: Ellen: We’ve actually been able to do more with the apartment during the pandemic because you’re thinking about how to make your home comfortable and cozy. I always light candles and have hot beverages on hand. I’m now excited to spend the winter here.

LIVING ROOM:
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Sofa: Joybird. Hot dog pillow: similar. Pink and gold pillow: West Elm, similar. Turkish rug ottoman: Parker Dearest. Dresser: Craigslist, mirror: Yesterday’s News, gold-leafed by Parker Dearest. White chair: CB2, found on Craigslist. Rug: Houzz.

On learning to downsize: Ellen: I really like living small. It’s less stressful and we only have things we really love. We used to have a three-bedroom house in Mississippi, and it was so easy to accumulate everything. Now, a couple times a year, I reorganize to keep the apartment feeling fresh. If I have something I can’t keep, I put it out on the stoop so somebody else can walk by and grab it.

Darrell: We’ve also been restoring furniture since we moved in together in Mississippi. It started when Ellen wanted a really expensive cowhide ottoman, which we couldn’t afford, so I made one myself, and it kind of went from there. There’s a lot of satisfaction that comes from making things with your hands.

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On Gerty and her name: Ellen: We adore Gerty girl! We got her in Mississippi six years ago, and she’s our best friend. Schnauzers look like little old people, with their eyebrows and mustaches, so we knew she needed an old name. We had the name Gertrude picked out before we got her.

DINING ROOM:
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Table: Parker Dearest. Chairs: West Elm. Woodblock chandelier: Parker Dearest.

On the right tunes: Ellen: We like oldies and Chet Baker and Django Reinhardt — things that are meant to be played on a record player. It makes a difference when you hear them played that way. We just started getting into Moody Blues, and Darrell bought me this David Bowie ‘Nothing Has Changed’ album. Someone who buys you David Bowie records is someone worth keeping.

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Record player: Audio-technica. Lamp: Target. Dresser: found in Mississippi and refurbished by Darrell

On the best furniture find: Ellen: We bought this dresser in Mississippi, and we refinished, stripped and repainted it. I also like the lights in this room because they create such warmth and ambiance. I really love the lights that Darrell makes.

Telescope: Celestron 8SE. Oliver No. 3 typewriter: The Antiques Warehouse. Bird portraits: Phyllis Newman Collection, found at Grand Bazaar NYC. Gold frames: Tony’s Creations Company. Desk: Yesterday’s News. Pink chair: found on the street, redone by Parker Dearest.

On hobbies: Ellen: Darrell has been into stargazing since he was a kid. This year, he got this telescope for his birthday and he geeks out. We also enjoy planning trips, which we haven’t been able to do this year. Our last really good trip was to Paris for my 30th birthday/our delayed honeymoon. It was cold and rainy the whole time, but so much fun.

On music in the house: Ellen: My dad always played guitar, and I wanted to learn to play the banjo. When we moved here, Darrell got me lessons for Christmas. I play the usual bluegrass stuff, but I also ask to learn Radiohead or La Vie en Rose. This is pretty much where you’ll find us on Saturday mornings: Gerty’s watching guard over the apartment, Darrell is reading the paper, and I’m practicing the banjo.

KITCHEN:
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French press: Bodum CHAMBORD. Mug: CB2, similar. Round cutting board: The Painted Swan. Rectangle cutting board: PW Short General Store. Recipe tin: Rifle Paper Co.. Room scent warmer: Scentsy (old), similar.

On holiday traditions: Ellen: If we’re in New York during a big holiday, we usually have friends over to celebrate. One Christmas, we made a big prime rib with mashed potatoes. We do all our southern casseroles, filled with cheese, and lots of pies. I make my grandmother’s chocolate pie and my mom’s strawberry and cream pie. My mom does this fruit jello with sour cream that she calls a salad. We miss those big dinners from home, so we’ve tried to mimic that here. We lined the counters with casseroles and we got extra chairs and had desserts on tables in the bedroom and just made room! I’m already planning where to put the Christmas tree this year. One of our favorite stores is Yesterday’s News, where I got some beautiful vintage ornaments.

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Coffee bar: Parker Dearest. Milk frother: Nespresso. Alarm clock: Target, similar. Assorted tea cups: Yesterday’s News, Anthropologie, various vintage stores. Stool: IKEA.

On a favorite custom build: Ellen: Sometimes I’ll get an idea and ask Darrell if he can build something, but this coffee bar was an original piece that just came to him.

Darrell: We needed something on this wall in the kitchen but didn’t have anything that would work. I worked in food and beverage for a long time, so these are just cast-iron table bases from a restaurant supply store, and I found the antique oak flooring from the building where I used to work, and we got the stone from a marble guy in Gowanus.

BEDROOM:
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Headboard: Wayfair Francis Panel. Bookshelf/lamp: Parker Dearest. Colorful quilt: found in Mississippi. Paint color: Valspar Apple Slice.

On the perfect quilt: Ellen: I love handmade quilts, and I’m always looking on quilt sites like, ‘Darrell! It’s time to buy another quilt!’ My favorite places to look are Quilt Queen Studio and Stitched & Found. My cousin’s grandmother hand-looms her quilts and I want to learn so badly from her.

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Fan: Hunter, similar. Desk: old sewing desk found on the street in Carroll Gardens and redone by Parker Dearest. Antique chair: Yesterday’s News. Sun catcher: Debbie Bean.

On the best meet-cute: Darrell: We grew up a town apart and went to the same college and even had some of the same friends, but never met. After college, Ellen was nursing in New York and I was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We both came home for Christmas break and went out with friends; Ellen’s friend introduced us and then we started hanging out every day. When Ellen returned to New York, I went back to Baton Rouge, quit my job and packed up all my stuff. It was wild. I remember telling my mom, ‘First of all, I got all my stuff in the truck, I’m not in Baton Rouge anymore, and also I’ve bought a one-way ticket to New York and I’m gonna go see this girl I met three weeks ago,’ and that was it! We knew from the very beginning, and I was never one of those people who believed in that, but it happened.

Thank you, Ellen and Darrell!

P.S. More home tours, including a downsized dream home in Sacramento and a book-filled Manhattan apartment where everything tells a story.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo.)

  1. I’d love to know how you get those sidewalk pieces home! I’m just picturing you out walking by and thinking “I NEED that!” and then not having a car to throw it in. Or do you? I imagine you sitting on it until your husband can secure a truck or something. ;D

  2. Amy says...

    I’m curious where you refinish your furniture – do you do that in your apartment, or somewhere else? We have a three bedroom so technically we have space, but it just seems like a “garage project” (which we don’t have) due to the dust and the fumes from stripping/priming/painting etc (I find it worse than wall paint for sure). We’ve refinished the top of our kitchen table twice on our deck and just crossed our fingers for good weather and NO WIND haha.

    • I gotta tell you, Amy – it’s not easy. ? My husband does these projects whenever and wherever the idea strikes. It’s not always ideal. The dresser was redone in our front room right where it sits with all of our windows open, and the fumes were still pretty strong. We just try to make it work.

  3. Trina S says...

    Beautiful home! Your schnauzer is adorable! I have one too – they are so unique in their personalities:)

  4. S says...

    Is nobody going to ask about the cat’s name?! LOVE.

  5. Jackie says...

    I want her jeans! Link please :) xoxo

    • Neela says...

      Me too! ?

  6. Emily says...

    I love how she displays her banjo on the wall! I play five-string as well and have a banjo signed (and played!) by Dolly Parton… it’s usually in a case, but this has inspired me to consider hanging it on the wall (it is my prized possession after all…)

    • Omg Emily! That would be MY prized possession! As a southern girl, I LOVE Dolly. You should totally put your banjo on display!! Darrell actually built this wall hanger for me, if you’re needing one. I feel like I practice more with it being in plain sight.

  7. Allie Levanway says...

    Ellen! This is so beautiful and lovely. Such a wonderful surprise to see an old friend’s face pop up on my very favorite blog.

    • Allie!!! I’m so happy to hear from you! I try to keep up with your adorable family through pictures when I can. Glad to have you back stateside!

  8. Michelle says...

    This is my favourite house tour yet :)

  9. Amy says...

    So charming! I’ve been feeling a pull toward quilts too, of late, and this adds fuel to that fire.

  10. Jenny says...

    I used to work in Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your home is gracious and warm just like you. I’m taking banjo lessons, let’s start a supergroup where we moodily tune to those minor, scary Appalachian tunings and wear flat brimmed western hats.

    • Omg, Jenny – I LOVE THIS IDEA!! ? I am totally down. Thanks so much for your kind words. We also love Hope Artiste Village!! Especially Breaktime Bowl & Bar.

  11. Lacy says...

    Yep, there it is. My sense of style finally found in someone else’s oasis. I’m so excited to return to this post for inspiration!

  12. Alison says...

    I’m always surprised to see people wearing shoes inside these beautiful houses, especially those big boots, and on a white carpet no less! I would be interested to hear other readers’ position on shoes indoors.

    • Hi Alison, we don’t usually wear our shoes inside when we can help it, but this was a special day. Also, the rug is machine washable and comes clean like new!

  13. Rebecca says...

    Love seeing the Providence farmers market artwork!!! Woot woot!!!

  14. Rusty says...

    Okay, so, I want to live there!
    That quilt is the quilt of my dreams, Gerty standing guard is priceless, and the naking of all those unique and beautiful pieces…glad I’m in Australia or you’d send me broke buying things.
    You two, well four really, are gorgeous and exude comfort.
    Yaaay for a happy picture story. ?

  15. Audrey says...

    I loved seeing The Big Chill album displayed! My mom passed down this record to me and it’s seriously such a good soundtrack :)

  16. Sara B says...

    I would love to see a home tour from Jenny Rosenstrach!

    • Amy says...

      Ditto!!

  17. Allison says...

    Yessss! I grew up with a miniature schnauzer named Gretchen. Now my parents have Vlad and Mitzi. We ALWAYS know when the mailman has arrived, but they are the best.

  18. Karen says...

    Thanks for this warm and inspiring home tour! I would love to spend some time looking at every detail in this place and listen to all the records. It has made my day and I will need to move around some furniture in my home when I get home. But David Bowie will keep me entertained. Btw: how did you hang the record covers on the wall without damaging them?I would love to do that!
    Take care!

    • Hey Karen! We ordered these clear vinyl shelves from Amazon & hung them using drywall anchors. Thanks so much for your kind words!

  19. Chelsea says...

    This couple is so cute and their place is lovely, but I gotta say…Gerty really stole the show for me. That picture of her keeping watch over the neighborhood is perfect!

    • Haha! I love this. Gerty is always stealing the show, and that is fine by us! Thank you for your kind words, Chelsea.

  20. Daniela says...

    They seem so perfect for each other and I love the story of how they met!

    Side note because that story made me think of it.. A few weeks ago my husband and I (we met through work.. Ish. Story for another day!) were talking and realized we both thought of joining the military a few years ago. It got me wondering if no matter what path we’d chosen in life, we’d still have met and ended up together. Maybe there’s many paths to the person we’re meant to be with. Maybe these two were always meant to meet as well, with them living so close to each other, it just took a bit of time!

    • Daniela, I love your story! I also love this sentiment. We similarly like to believe that we were meant to meet, and just had to wait for the right time.

    • Alice says...

      I have this with one of my best friends. We both applied to the same university to do the same course, but both missed our grades and each took a year out- we then applied to a totally different university to the first one we’d planned to go to, and ended up living in the same building, doing the same course. It’s spooky!

  21. Lizzie says...

    Beautiful home! Would you mind sharing where that lovely white sheer hanging by the bedroom window is from? Thanks!

  22. caroline says...

    we had a mini-schnauzer named gertie! my sisters saved up their money one summer and my family drove to OH from MI and picked her up from an Amish family. she was the best dog ever. such personality- such a lovable diva :)

  23. NH observer says...

    I echo the compliments — lovely couple, serene home. So here’s a request: so often when I see people with beautiful homes and apparently wonderful relationships, I think, “Their lives look perfect! I can’t imagine them fighting, or irritable, or hangry.” But I know that can’t be true. ;) So in the spirit of authenticity, what would you think of including in these home tours or beauty uniforms or other profiles a question about a time when the subject(s) got into a terrible fight or had a big problem or were really sad . . . and how they got over it? That would be totally helpful to me and, I imagine, many others.

    • Daniela says...

      I love this idea! Peel back the picture of perfection a little bit.

    • Elizabeth R. says...

      I mean, all couples have fights. That is obvious. Some power have fewer. Some people have more. I do not know why people are unsure about it with this couple in particular. They seem pretty in love, but of course nobody is perfect. Nobody has mentioned these things in of the other home tours involving couples. But a few people have with this one. Why? Also, personally, I think a home tour and relationship details are two very different asks.

    • Hey NH, I just want to say that we are definitely not immune to fighting, of course. Compounded by obvious stressors, we have probably disagreed more this year than any other. In fact, this feature alone sent my OCD into a spiral that definitely drove my husband crazy!! It’s not my intention to ever portray some kind of unattainable perfection.

    • Agnès says...

      Well, it’s a home tour not a couple’s tour, please let’s keep it that way. It is so nice to focus on design and beautiful things.

    • Emm says...

      Honestly I’d find this kind of weird. I’m sure many people who want to their their interior design on the internet don’t also want to share the intimate details of their relationship…Isn’t it enough to know, as with everything on the internet, nothing is as perfect as it looks?

    • NH observer says...

      Ellen, many thanks for your gracious reply.

      Thanks to everyone else as well for weighing in. To clarify, while I’m certainly aware it would be a different column, I would also certainly want the subjects to be aware of that in advance. I’m sure CoJ is scrupulous about getting the appropriate agreements! So, yes, it would be a different ask — but presumably only those interested would respond affirmatively, right?

    • liz says...

      I don’t understand why so many folks around here feel the need to inject negativity or “relatability” where they see happiness. They shouldn’t need to qualify their happiness to you in a home tour. They, like everyone else, has their own things to deal with and that should just be understood.

  24. K says...

    LOVE this so much. And what a sweet couple. This is my favorite home tour yet.

  25. Karen says...

    I love this place! It has so much heart!

  26. Mac says...

    100% thought Gerty was a goat at first glance! I think I was projecting, I would really like a goat. But! The apartment is so beautiful and cozy and comfortable looking. I love the image of Christmas desserts in the bedroom. ❤️

    • Mac, this is so funny because we say the same!!! ? She jumps on us in the mornings like a little mountain goat. It’s actually the best. Thanks so much for your kind words!

  27. SG says...

    So fun to see fellow Southerners here! I keep coming back to look at these gorgeous pictures — that dresser!, the coffee bar! Ellen seems so gracious and warm. I’d love to see a Beauty Uniform feature on her! ?

    • This is so kind, SG. Thank you so much! I love to meet a fellow southerner. ?

  28. Laurel says...

    Love to see the bits of Mississippi through your beautiful home! I spied some Peter’s Pottery and glad to see it can survive a trip/move. I know mine will come with me if I ever leave Hattiesburg, MS.

    • Absolutely, Laurel! I looove Peter’s and especially love that it reminds me of home.

    • Sarah says...

      Yes! I live in Mississippi now (Starkville) and was so excited to spot the pottery! Ha.

  29. liz says...

    side note: who else here is dying to hear Radiohead songs played on a banjo. File under: things I never imagined I’d say!

    • nadine says...

      me!!!

  30. Amy says...

    I love vintage and antique-ing, and everything here made me happy.

  31. Herma says...

    This is so weird… I used to have quilted pillow covers that were exactly the same as your beautiful quilt in the bedroom; I bought them in Boston once and took them home to the Netherlands where I live. They’ve been in my linnen closet for over 10 years and I recently gave them to a thrift store….such a shame! Love your house!

    • Thank you so much, Herma! That is really wild. I could not for the life of me remember where I found that quilt! I wish I knew. It’s been my favorite since college.

    • Andrea says...

      Herma—

      They May not have sold them yet!

  32. Kayla says...

    Oh my gosh! Their meet-cute! I had instant Good Will Hunting, “I had to go see about a girl” vibes while reading their sweet story!

  33. SP says...

    you know how sometimes you’ll watch a nancy meyers movie and want to curl up in one of her fab sets and stay awhile? that’s how i feel about this apartment. :) putting lit candles and hot beverages on my list to make my apartment cozy, too!

    • SP, that is the biggest compliment of all time!!! I LOVE her movies and especially her sets. Thanks so much for your kind words.

  34. Abby says...

    Where is the back splash in the kitchen from?

    • Hey Abby! We put up the backsplash ourselves & we think it adds so much to the kitchen. It’s just the Scott Living White Vinyl Wallpaper from Lowe’s.

    • Justine says...

      Hello! Love the record player table. Could you let us know where it’s from?

    • Hey Justine! My husband made the record table. If you’re needing one, contact us at parkerdearest.com! They can be customized to fit your space. :)

  35. suniva says...

    I see here now for the first time how if you ignore the size of a place and just decorate as if everything fits – it looks so much better than giving up because “it’s too small”. Very cozy looking home.

  36. liz says...

    I really love this one! Great style, but also, that dog’s mustache!!! <3 They seem like wonderful people to be around too. In a weird way, reading this made me miss hanging with friends.

    • This is so sweet, Liz. We really appreciate that reading this made you feel that way.

  37. Nicole says...

    Ellen, you have such a beautiful, warm home! I’m also loving your comfortable style. Where can I find those jeans??

    • Jess says...

      Yes! I love the jeans too. Where can we get those lovely jeans?

    • Hey Nicole, theses jeans are Aritzia!

  38. Nigerian Girl says...

    I’m just here for the cat.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

  39. Erin says...

    Beautiful apartment and lovely couple. As someone going through hard things right now, I just wanted to say: they aren’t perfect. Their life isn’t perfect, their relationship isn’t perfect. That adorable mustachioed dog probably barks a lot and jumps on strangers (my grandparents had a schnauzer, I know) and Shabooms has probably thrown up on one of those lovely quilts (I have a cat, I know). So if you came here today looking to connect with something less glossy and picture-perfect, I see you. I can’t wait to revisit this post on a sunnier day.

    • Erin, you couldn’t be more right! We are far from perfect. Gerty has bad manners and Booms most DEF throws up on EVERYthing! This was a sunnier day for us than most we’ve experienced this year, and for that we are grateful.

    • L says...

      Thank you for writing this. It helps more than you know.

    • Caro says...

      I send you some sunny vibes Erin xx

    • S. says...

      Thanks for this reminder, Erin. As I was reading this post and admiring all of the photos (that are so so lovely!) I found myself comparing my own relationship to what I imagined theirs might be … and feeling jealous and anxious about my financial situation, wishing I felt secure … and feeling silly for buying a ukelele and not practicing it.

      And thank you to Ellen for showing us a peek at your life and for your thoughtful note. Wishing all of the Cup of Jo readers love and light.

    • Yvonne says...

      Erin, I am also going through hard things and I love your comment. Hugs!

  40. Sarah says...

    Thank you Kim! Loved this post .. beautiful home and beautiful couple.

  41. Eliot says...

    Schnauzers do look like old people! And they all need old names. I grew up with three: Lily, Stella, and Jolene. Gerty looks like she’d fit right in with them.

    • Brittany says...

      Omg Jolene the schnauzer! That’s going on my dog name list.

    • Eliot, those Schnauzer names are perfect!!!

    • Nicole says...

      I grew up with a schnauzer named Fritz – my parents got him before I was born, but said he needed a good German name. LOL

    • allison says...

      I also grew up with a miniature schnauzer – her name was Maude. It was perfect. :)

  42. Becky says...

    The first thing I noticed was the dog haha. Schnauzers are amazing. Our rescue gal is part schnauzer. A house isn’t a home without a pet (imo a dog). I love that they love her. And I love their place. Its stunning.

  43. Yaffa says...

    This was my old apartment on Henry St, but it looks so much better in these pictures. Glad to see two folks with the skills to restore it to its former glory. I never had that design touch.

    • Agnès says...

      isn’t that crazy?

    • liz says...

      oh wow! small world! <3

    • Yaffa, that’s amazing! I’m so happy to hear from the person who lived here prior. We love the space as it had such good bones to begin with, and a good energy which you must have left for us! :)

  44. T says...

    Love the meet-cute story. It reminds me of the ending of Good Will Hunting: ‘I gotta go see about a girl’ ?

  45. E says...

    I can’t tell you how much I loved this home tour!

    One, because Ellen reminds of a dear friend of mine who is the queen of southern hospitality (grew up in New Orleans), also lives in Carroll Gardens, and just started a small business selling her baked goods online!

    Two, because Ellen’s comment, “My mom does this fruit jello with sour cream that she calls a salad,” made me squeal and immediately text my sister – we grew up in Texas and our mom makes “Jello Salad” every Christmas Eve, which sounds like the exact same thing :)

    • Omg E, I love this!!! Why do southerners call everything a salad?? When I met my husband, he poked such fun at us because all of my family’s “salads” feature mayonnaise. Haha – what else?! We are from just an hour from New Orleans, I’m happy I remind you of your friend!

    • J. says...

      Hi, it’s me the sister!!! I was absent-mindedly eyes blurring from work scrolling through comments and was like “omg… SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM FROM TEXAS ALSO MAKES JELLO SALAD IN ADDITION TO ELLEN’S MOM?” and then realized this is, in fact, my own sister (who did text me that immediately when she read this today!!!)

      Ellen, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home. You emanate such a gentle “come when you can, as you are, and leave when you absolutely must” energy, which is one of my favorite things!! I also love the pieces about music and am listening to that David Bowie album as we speak– COMPLETELY agree on music that’s just meant to be played aloud and fill up a home! Check out the Black Pumas for another great “play on a record player” one! I love his voice.

    • Elizabeth R. says...

      We had lots of Jell-O ‘salads’ in Atlanta too. As well as lettuce actual salads.

    • Agnès says...

      I had to google “Jello salad” (french reader here); it’s weird and hilarious and your families must be really fun and nice.

  46. Lynn says...

    DOG!!! I now need a dog that looks like a baby goat. Like yesterday.

  47. Elizabeth R. says...

    I have been craving one of these home tours. I am a person who grew up in Atlanta and lived and loves New York so this combo appeals to me so much. Probably my favorite tour you all have ever had. I can already tell this will be a tour I revisit frequently. I love them and their pets and their home and style. Great interview. I want to learn to play the banjo. I adore adore the furniture company they own. The coffee bar, the record table, the bedside tables, etc. All genius. Better start saving my money for some of their genius furniture.

    • Awe, Elizabeth – this makes my day. Thank you so much for your kind words! That NY/southern combo is a tough one to beat. (IMO!) Best of both worlds. Hope we can build something for you soon!

  48. Mak says...

    Their apartment is so authentic. It’s chic, and looks livable, without being full of trends. Loved this one!

  49. Christina says...

    I loved the PVD touch (and all the comments that also noted them). Would love to know about their PVD connection as well. I love living in PVD- maybe another city to feature soon on the blog?

    • Hey Christina! We love Providence! My husband and I lived there for 6 months while I was travel nursing, and loved everything about it. It felt like home to us. We still miss it to this day!

    • Jess says...

      I was wondering the same thing! I’m in PVD and loved seeing the RI nods.

  50. Allyson says...

    Such a cozy, personal and pretty home. I grew up in the Midwest with family down South and it feels like a fun version of dress up to borrow very Southern style cues from my Grandmothers. Give me chairs with caning, blue and white floral pottery and ornate frames.

  51. SJ says...

    Everything about this screams cozy!

  52. Agnès says...

    This couple seems to have such a good relationship, like old couples do after 50 years of marriage, you know like lots of tenderness and humour. I loved this home tour. My house is a mess right now. I think I should just get up and clear it ;-) Thank you for helping me forget about the situation we’re in (things are not looking good in Paris right now; you can feel the anxiety since monday: Our lives are still pretty normal, no bars open but I’m too old).

    • This was so sweet to read, Agnès, thank you. Sending all the love your way and hoping things improve soon. Paris is such a special city! ?

  53. Olivia Jane says...

    “Someone who buys you David Bowie records is someone worth keeping.” Yes! My husband gave me a Bowie record for one of our early Christmases together, and I burst into tears when I opened it. He’s a keeper.

    • Omg YES!!! Some people just get it! I love this – thank you for sharing.

  54. Julia says...

    As a modern quilter, I love seeing two of my favorite quilt instagrammers called out! woo!

    • Allyn says...

      Same!

  55. Rachel says...

    I have that Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers’ Market poster from several years ago (but of course, never got around to having it framed). I love how these are displayed!

  56. Audrey Elkus says...

    This is the absolute sweetest write up and such a beautiful home. Ty COJ team for such a positive post today!! I know I needed it <3

  57. M says...

    Gorgeous! May I asked where Ellen’s sweater is from?

    • Hi M! It’s & Other Stories!

    • Jenna says...

      I was just searching through the comments hoping this had been asked!

  58. Nicole says...

    This is such a sweet apartment! I really love their style. Could you please ask where they got the piece of furniture that holds their record player/stores the records? Not sure the term for it but I love it!

    • Elizabeth R says...

      They made it and you can buy it from their company!

    • Hey Nicole! Thank you so much for your kind words. My husband Darrell actually made that piece! If you’re needing one, send us an inquiry on parkerdearest.com!

    • Jenn says...

      Was scrolling the comments to see if someone had asked – it’s beautiful!!

  59. Even though they live in New York, this makes me want to get back to the south asap (I’m a southerner in CT). I, too, have a banjo but I really need to take lessons. Right now, all I can do is strum or roll verrrry slowly.

    • Hi Leah! I am missing the south right now myself. Also, banjo lessons will make you so happy! Highly recommend.

  60. Laura says...

    Her cousin’s grandmother is looming blankets (single layer), not quilts (three layers consisting of a top, batting, and backing fabric). Quilts are sewn, either by hand or by machine, and then finished off with a binding.

    • Lauren H says...

      Thank you for clarifying! I did some very amateur quilting when I was in high school and college and I was very confused by this term. I have heard of looking a blanket though. Makes so much more sense.

    • AT says...

      Sigh.

  61. Moo says...

    So lovely! And that coffee bar, all the heart eye emojis

  62. jdp says...

    i already feel better about today after reading/seeing this lovely home/couple. you really notice the warmth and the light…and a banjo! and who doesn’t love a dog with a moustache. thanks for making my morning.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha, yes, who doesn’t love a dog with a moustache? :)

    • Kathryn says...

      It’s time for the Goddard and Williams household to acquire a dog with a moustache. ;)
      Our household has one, and he is a joy. (Rufus. <3)

  63. Brianna Glenn says...

    Oh my word, this is one of my all-time favorite house tours. love the whole vibe and LOVED the meet cute story. So great!

  64. Anne says...

    What a pretty home!

    What a joy to see that some of the posters are from Providence RI – my favorite little city <3

    • Kate O'Connor says...

      I know! I’m curious about their Providence connection!

    • Hey Anne! We love Providence as well! We lived there for 6 months while I was travel nursing, & loved every minute! Such a special city. We still miss it to this day.

    • Liz says...

      I’m also curious about the PVD connection! We used to live right off Hope on 8th Street, by the Market. I saw the poster and simultaneously gasped/got misty-eyed.