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my sneak peak


Grace at Design*Sponge just posted some photos of our apartment for the D*S Sneak Peaks. Thanks to all the artists whose work gives our walls such life! You can see a few more photos here


{some details: the blue wall is painted in a pearlescent paint by benjamin moore which gives it a great color & shimmer at night. The bird pillow cases are by Dwell and the grey ones behind it are from Variegated, along with various artists’ work above the bed. left to right: photo by Karen Wise, bear print by Camilla Engman, Yumi Yumi print, couch print by Jessica Ritter, Abigail Percy print on kraft stock, camel & birds by Foxy & Winston, and another Jessica Ritter print.}


  1. joy,
    what a great solution using the ikea kitchen cabinet for your supplies. that is such a brilliant idea. thanks for sharing your beautiful space.

  2. Joy,
    The blue paint is wonderful (as is the whole bedroom). Can you share the paint color (or Benjamin Moore #)? kp

  3. hi guys!
    kp ~ the benjamin moore color is: Latex Metallic Pearlescent Tint Base in Icy Mist.
    becky ~ the lamps are from crate and barrel – they were wedding gifts. and the vertical shelf is from ikea.

  4. WOW! What a beautiful space. I love how you used the lacy bike basket. And Julia Rothman’s blog is one of my favorites. I may just have to order a print…

  5. Hi Joy!!
    I love the framing of your artwork. Now that I’m back in Philly (yaaayy!) do you have any frame shops you can recommend?

  6. The artwork wall looks incredible! I love the blue you chose for it, the mismatched but harmonious frames, the variety of artwork and, above all, the way you chose to space and hang each picture.

  7. wow! so gorgeous and inspirational. I have been wanting to create a wall display of my art much like this, but am always nervous about mixing and matching the frames. This makes me want to jump right in, and start hanging things. Lovely!

  8. oh joy!
    your home is so lovely. the wall paint is gorgeous – perfectly soothing for a bedroom. and i really love your ikea work table as well and the bicycle basket is a great idea. thanks for sharing!

  9. i have the same ikea storage counter/cabinet for my workspace too. it has definitely made my life easier and neater. seeing it used as a work station in your place made my day.

  10. joy —loved all of the shots posted on design*sponge — you have such an amazing space!
    I’ve fallen in love with every bit of it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. i came across your blog not so long ago & you are such an inspiration! i absolutely love your quirky-ness & style, i could be on here forever! and your space is so gorgeous…i added you to “links that i love” hope it’s ok!

  12. Hey guys,
    Another quick tip about the paint in response to an email I received…
    I think when I painted the wall (it was over 2 years ago so i don’t remember exactly) I just used the pearlescent paint over an existing white wall. I had to give it three coats. Two would have looked better, but I needed three to cover the white. My original intention was to paint the whole room that way, but once I saw how it looked, one wall was just right. I would suggest maybe having a base coat that is similar in color to the metallic paint, so that it doesn’t have to be a solid wall of metallic…two coats will have a lighter and more airy appearance than three if you can get it to work with two.
    Hope that helps! The paint I used was
    Latex Metallic Pearlescent Tint Base in Icy Mist.
    from Benjamin Moore.

  13. Absolutely love this room. I must not be the only one because, I have seen your room on a few other sites. I am working on a room right now and I hope that it comes out as great as this one did.

  14. thats a great looking the blue paint on the wall…and the pillow cases and lamps matches everything…and the lamp shades compliment the blue paint..great work..


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