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Dan's Relaxing Escape




Cambridge, Massachusetts



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What I Love About My Home

My home really reflects who I am and as such it provides me a relaxing escape. It is clean, modern, and refined, but at the same time it doesn't take itself too seriously, and isn't pretentious or stuffy. Each room shows you a different side of its personality.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

Patience. After moving in, I had to resist the strong urge to try to complete my home all at once. This gave me the opportunity to pull from a much wider range of sources and inspirations, find pieces that fit with the others as each room developed over time, and save a lot of money. It really became about balancing the feeling of being settled with the enjoyment of the process of getting there.

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Comments (47)

really serene, peaceful, clean! Love it.

posted by NYMSR on April 18, 2011 at 12:38pm
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tidy, simple, clean, so so nice! i love it!

posted by burcuayaz1 on April 18, 2011 at 6:40am
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I love the colors, especially the bright next to the gray.

posted by Rae N on April 13, 2011 at 8:54pm
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So nice!! I like every space of your home!

posted by Violeta M on April 12, 2011 at 12:20pm
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love that green kitchen wall and that great chair in the living room!

posted by Coletta (rhymes with velveeta) on April 12, 2011 at 9:48am
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hello, I really like the atmosphere, I´d like to see more pics.. work area and that beautiful blue aisle I see

posted by mary_agnes on April 12, 2011 at 9:52am
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those floors are fantastic and the paint colors/furniture really set them off. Like the painted cabinets in the kitchen as well

posted by ec05 on April 12, 2011 at 10:45am
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OoooOOOoOOoOh! Love that orange wall with the cowhide rug!

I, too, am resisting the urge to complete my home in a hurry. Now I have inspiration to look at whenever I feel the urge to do so.

posted by islek on April 12, 2011 at 11:04am
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Handsome pad. It doesn't look quite lived in yet, but it still gets my vote.

posted by edmarch on April 12, 2011 at 11:06am
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Very nice. Love the colors. Especially like the green kitchen. :)

posted by Tracy333 on April 12, 2011 at 11:22am
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So orderly and clean. Love it :)

posted by arnold on April 12, 2011 at 3:53pm
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LOVE the grey on grey! I have the same issue w/ patience! :)

posted by delg23 on April 12, 2011 at 3:59pm
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beautiful space - may i ask where the couch is from?

posted by hillary0426 on April 12, 2011 at 4:02pm
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where did you get that amazing chair in the living room?

posted by giovana on April 12, 2011 at 4:11pm
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You got me with the first pic! I love the clean, serene feel of the space.

posted by Holly14 on April 12, 2011 at 4:17pm
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You had a great canvas to work with the the floors and windows but I love what you've done with your canvas. Styled to a T without looking over-styled. And what a great couch. Well done!

posted by ElaneB on April 12, 2011 at 4:21pm
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Great apartment. Love the minimalist approach, it allows the space to breathe. Well selected furniture pieces, that living room chair is just the coolest.

posted by I dream lo-tech on April 12, 2011 at 4:39pm
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Thanks everyone for your great comments and support. In response to to a few of the questions:
1. The couch is Room and Board, I can't remember exactly which model
2. The living room chair is a Z-chair designed by Poulsen for Selig that I found on ebay (this one required substantial amounts of that patience, but I really like it, and am glad I waited for it)

posted by dandanbungalow on April 12, 2011 at 5:15pm
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Love the colors!

posted by lee66 on April 12, 2011 at 6:20pm
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I don't know if it's the lens you used to take these pics, but the place looks a lot bigger than 744 ft. Nice place.

posted by annie-san on April 12, 2011 at 6:49pm
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Where is your bedding from? Very nice.

posted by North Hayworth on April 12, 2011 at 6:51pm
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i like the spare feeling of it - seems peaceful

posted by formosagirl on April 12, 2011 at 8:55pm
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Great apartment Dan! I would LOVE to know what the color is that you used in the living room. I am on the hunt for the perfect gray and this looks amazing. Thanks!

posted by preppyinpolo on April 12, 2011 at 9:02pm
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A couple more quick answers:
1. Correction - the chair is Jensen not Poulsen (I'm getting my Danish chairs and Danish soccer players mixed up)
2. The bedding is CB2
3. The grey is called Voyage by Valspar

posted by dandanbungalow on April 12, 2011 at 10:18pm
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good job!!

posted by nomadgio on April 13, 2011 at 1:46am
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"It really became about balancing the feeling of being settled with the enjoyment of the process of getting there."

Very well put and as a first time flat owner I am currently going through that.

Nice results with your place, really like the lounge feel.

posted by mrjameskent on April 13, 2011 at 5:49am
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That chair is amazing. I did a little research and found this one at auction.


posted by daylight on April 13, 2011 at 6:41am
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I loved the couch, but I couldn't find the colour (did you have it reupholstered?) and could you confirm that it is this one:


posted by Kelvin K on April 13, 2011 at 8:57am
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@Kelvin K you're right, it is the Reese. I didn't have it reupholstered, the color is Salt, under the Tatum fabric option. Up close it is salt & pepper, but from far away it looks grey

posted by dandanbungalow on April 13, 2011 at 11:44am
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Your place is so light and open. You've done an amazing job of keeping clutter in check.

posted by Gaidig on April 13, 2011 at 12:37pm
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Lovely, so tiddy and bright! Not my fav colors, but nice.

posted by Ofelia on April 13, 2011 at 3:09pm
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Beautiful. Really stunning. I love that you've worked on this over time: it shows. I can see that you've put in the time to find just the right pieces.

May I move in?

posted by Terry3 on April 14, 2011 at 10:01am
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Wonderful character to the basics..the floor is beautiful. Tastefully decorated and love the color.

posted by junklover on April 14, 2011 at 12:26pm
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I am absolutely in love with your kitchen. I love the pop of green. It looks fantastic.

posted by bonjouramour on April 14, 2011 at 1:03pm
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i think the couch is from the Reese collection at Room and Board.:)

posted by amyks on April 14, 2011 at 4:44pm
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Never Mind, Dan already answered that.

posted by amyks on April 14, 2011 at 4:44pm
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Love the living room

posted by k100468384 on April 15, 2011 at 1:44pm
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Dan, I love the space. You should have put your cat in more pictures. What is the picture of that is above the fireplace in the living room?

posted by M_Sqrd on April 15, 2011 at 4:20pm
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@M_Sqrd Its hard to get her to sit still long enough.

The picture is the front of an old boat on a new trailer, I like the contrast of new and old in it. I got it from a great photographer I know:


posted by dandanbungalow on April 15, 2011 at 10:48pm
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Really nice.

posted by dillonliving on April 16, 2011 at 9:50pm
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What color is the blue paint in your bedroom? I need it in my life.

posted by lemonade on April 17, 2011 at 2:02pm
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Very nice, I like the use of color throughout.

posted by stickler on April 17, 2011 at 2:14pm
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An orange wall and a cowhide rug...i am hooked.

posted by House Voyeur on April 18, 2011 at 12:12am
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@lemonade the blue is Soft Skies by Valspar

posted by dandanbungalow on April 18, 2011 at 12:44am
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Your workspace is electric. Well done.

posted by Carolyn in Cambridge on April 22, 2011 at 11:05pm
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Cool, calm and chic........you've mastered the art of knowing when to stop! Want to share your secret?

posted by Skyrat on April 24, 2011 at 2:54am
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Looovvve your couch and the black chair in the hallyway. That chair would be perfect in my space so if you ever get tired of it...

The green backsplash in the kitchen is so cheery.

posted by mauishopgirl on April 27, 2011 at 4:56pm
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