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Brandy's History and Mystery

Name:

Brandy

Location:

Burlington, Iowa

Division:

Small

Square Feet:

939

What I Love About My Home


I love the history and mystery. My apartment was just recently renovated but many of the original details were kept in tact. The building was erected in 1881 as a business college. I have 16 ft. ceilings with nine 10ft windows. All the woodwork around the windows and the floor is original. It has an antique atmosphere with a modern spin. I have added to the antique feeling with bringing in my own hodge podge details, including antique store finds, thrifts, hand-made and hand-me-down furniture.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home


This was the first apartment that I have lived where I didn't know exactly where I envisioned all of my things before I moved in. I had to move my furniture around numerous times before I got the "aha moment"

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Comments (25)

Wow. Need a roomate? :D

posted by s1ren on April 27, 2011 at 1:38pm
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Wow! what an incredible space.

posted by Martin S-H on April 26, 2011 at 10:05am
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Creative decorating really makes this apartment a home.

posted by Rebecca Lynn on April 26, 2011 at 11:37am
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Lanz cat sheets would look good on the bed.

posted by bacon on April 26, 2011 at 11:46am
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what did you do to the dining table? it looks really cool

posted by lorrinm on April 26, 2011 at 11:54am
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I love the purple chair. I must have it.

posted by melissapauline on April 26, 2011 at 12:03pm
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I love your apartment! The bed and vanity, so vintage lovely!

posted by adorevintage on April 26, 2011 at 12:17pm
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beautiful floors!

posted by ell.uu on April 26, 2011 at 4:50pm
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Very cool Brand! Great job!

posted by cjscott84 on April 26, 2011 at 5:40pm
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My hometown of Burlington, Iowa! Who woulda thunk?! Your space is beautiful! I'm glad to see that the good ole' B-town natives have taste!

posted by shannonalyss on April 26, 2011 at 7:08pm
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I love the pictures, go big cousin!! i love you!

posted by chayla on April 26, 2011 at 6:43pm
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Love the deep blues and violets with the gold painting. I wish your bed had more color.

posted by kelleyk on April 26, 2011 at 6:44pm
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You had me at the dining table... drool....

posted by mauishopgirl on April 26, 2011 at 7:31pm
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You have a very good sense of style!

posted by nataliekcolley on April 26, 2011 at 8:19pm
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Wow, gorgeous! I think you did a really nice job pairing furniture and decorative items with the original "bones" of the apartment-- it breaks my heart to see gorgeous carved window casings paired with ultra-modern curtains. The space has kept its warmth and spaciousness.

posted by Ariana M. on April 26, 2011 at 8:49pm
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Great place! I love the windows and floors (and so much of the rest of it), and I, too, want to know the story of the dining room table.

posted by csc76 on April 27, 2011 at 12:27am
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Those floors! I'm in love!

posted by highondesign on April 27, 2011 at 1:23am
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Those windows are gorgeous!!! And i really like the corner crate storage. The floors are beautiful too.

posted by conejitoasesino on April 27, 2011 at 3:52am
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The dining room table was a local antique store find. I bought it as is. The only thing I did was dust it off. If you look closely, you will see the previous owner spray painted their Halloween skeleton on top of the table. I am not sure if this was on accident or purpose but it made it a very interesting piece of furniture.

posted by Brandy the Photographer on April 27, 2011 at 9:25am
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Absolutely lovely. I love your choice of furnishings. I do wish we could have seen the kitchen, though, just out of curiosity.

posted by monstergirl on April 27, 2011 at 9:29am
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I would have loved to post more photographs, but they only allow 5. It was hard to choose:(

posted by Brandy the Photographer on April 27, 2011 at 9:56am
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I need your purple chair! fabulous!

posted by kimscollectables on April 27, 2011 at 6:28pm
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Brandy, don't feel bad about Mello1's comments. Your place is awesome. Go to Mello1's page and read the comments he or she has left for others. Too funny! It's like one of the judges from project runway! Auf Wiedersehen! ROFL!

posted by conejitoasesino on April 28, 2011 at 5:39am
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Your floors are beautiful. I love that you've used a bookshelf as a shoe rack--so creative.

I think you've done a nice job at making the place feel like a home, even with the TALL ceilings. That is definitely something I struggle with in my place--and you have 4 more feet to work with!

posted by Jessica Jeanne on April 28, 2011 at 1:03pm
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My vote for your bookshelf made of crates--simple and great!

posted by csmoura on April 30, 2011 at 3:39pm
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