Geoffrey's Urban Blessing
What I Love About My Home
One of the best things about my apartment is the way I can now function without having to worry about the relatively small size of the apartment. At first it was difficult to envision how the apartment could be laid out, but respecting the architecture of the space really gave a lot of insight into how it flowed and how it would be easy to occupy. Even though it is a rental apartment, the location in Bostonâs North End neighborhood is great, and having a roof deck that is as big as the apartment itself is a rare urban blessing. After the Big Dig occurred, the roof now overlooks a beautiful urban park where the elevated highway once stood. I worked with a talented designer that took the apartment from transient /post-college graduate clutter and disorganization to a place I absolutely love coming home to rather than previously spending my idle hours in my office!
Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home
The apartment has an unusual layout with the combined living area, dining area, and kitchen so it required some intelligent planning to create specific zones within the space without adding partitions. This was achieved not with unnecessary furniture or partitions but by really enhancing the contrast between the dark charcoal color of the chalkboard painted wall and the other walls which were painted a warm white. From there the high top dining table that establishes the dining area is in a dark espresso wood to work with the chalkboard wall, the kitchen cabinets and walls were painted white, and the sectional sofa is upholstered in a light color. The white really maximizes the limited amount of light that comes in from the two small windows in the main space. From there, organic accents in natural wood and oil rubbed bronze served to compliment the visual balance of light and dark, and to compliment the exposed brick wall.
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