We are so pleased to welcome Erica Feldmann to the blog today to share bits of her home with us!"My boyfriend Dave and I live in a two bedroom apartment in Somerville, MA with our cats Moscow and Salem. We fell in love with the space right away because of its natural light, original French doors and two porches! Best of all, it was in our price range, which is no easy feat here in the Boston area. Humor is definitely our common language, and I think that has a huge impact on how we decorate. I love incorporating a little cheekiness into a vignette and hanging artwork that doesn’t take itself too seriously."
"My favorite find, well I have two. (I can’t help it I’m a Gemini!) The first is the Felix doll that lives on a chair in the living room. This was mine when I was a little kid, but it lived at my Grandma’s house. I loved it so much, and I always tried to take it home with me, but she would say that it had to stay at Grandma’s house. 20 years later when I left for the East Coast, it was my going away present.
The second is my giant Bird/Panda painting. It was a gift from a dear friend, and I just love everything about it. The artist’s name is Derek Erdman."
"The most unusual item we own would have to be the North Wind Chair in the bedroom. My mom found it at an estate sale in Milwaukee before I was born. When I was a kid I was totally fascinated by it, and as an adult I can say I’ve still never seen anything else quite like it. It’s supposed to guard your house against evil spirits, so my mom gave it to me for protection when I moved away from the Midwest for grad school. So far its worked great!"
"The fact that our apartment is so big allows us a lot of autonomy when we work from home. I do most of my blogging from the dining room, so Dave can work on his films in our office/guestroom. The two porches are great, because one is much better for relaxing and the other functions as the 'HausWitch Workshop' where I do all of my DIY projects. Having such a big, functional kitchen is a huge switch for me, and it has totally changed the way I feel about cooking. All the sudden I love spending time at our big island trying new recipes. Since both of us do a lot of work from home on top of our day jobs, my favorite times are when we can steal a night to watch a movie or some ridiculous reality show on the couch."
"Dave and I are just starting our second year together in this apartment. When we first moved in, we struggled to find ways of combining our tastes. We aren’t super different, but Dave definitely leans towards more classic/traditional, while I like bright, Scandinavian-modern. Since budget is the alpha and omega of my decorating process, we’re doing our best to combine our stuff as coherently as possible while saving up for meaningful pieces that we both really love. Honestly though, the biggest change to our space has come from adopting our kitten Salem. It’s funny how ALL OF THE THINGS can be in place, but sometimes another little family member is what really makes the space feel like home."
Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us, Erica! You can find more of Erica on her blog HausWitch or over on Instagram! xo. **photos by Samara Vise
I got it on Craigslist, but its from IKEA. I think they still make it! We do have a box spring and a mattress as well. 🙂
Hi metalheadfairy! I actually address this problem a lot on HausWitch. My clients in the Winthrop Waterloo chapter in particular had totally conflicting taste! http://hauswitch.com/2012/12/04/winthrop-waterloo/ I think I ended up making them happy so maybe you can gain from that post. In general though, I deal with this on every single room I re-decorate. Its a tough one but with a little finesse you can totally make it work! Thanks for you comment!
i really enjoyed this post so much – but then again i am a sucker for interior design posts! erica and dave have made such a beautiful home out of their space and they are very lucky to have so much space! as a gal living in the city, i would die for even the smallest of two-level homes! the photography was also very lovely. thank you for introducing me to erica, i will check out her blog for more!
I love the decorated eggs at the hallway. It just brings color to the living space.
beyond perfect. i get the whole taste clash with your boyfriend thing. I’m planning on moving out probably in a year and getting a place with my boyfriend. as of now, he still likes glass and metal and shiny countertops. If i let him have his way, our place is going to look like a high end office space. my style’s more like the one here, and lots of light colours, white walls, some wood, open shelving and a nice labrador as well? =) but anyway, HOW DO I MASH OUR TASTES AND MAKE THINGS WORK OUT?????
That chair. Omg I’m in love. It’s SO beautifully carved and I’ve never seen anything like it, either.
Your bed is my dream bed. Do you remember where you found it and does it need a boxspring/foundation?
I love their apartment! The cheekiness is design really works for them. 🙂
I love the bones of the house. All the windows and natural light would be so lovely to have.
That, my friends, is one dreamy kitchen.
Erica has such a wonderful home!
Those nesting dolls are my favorite feature in this home tour!
So pretty! Thanks for sharing!
The North Wind chair is beautiful…It reminds me of the logo of my university (the sulis head of Bath, UK) The sulis head is also a protector 🙂
Also love the quirky patterned Russian dolls…I see these all over the place (I do live in Russia after all!)
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Loving it all!
The pictures in the hall are amazing! North Wind Chair is also really cool, never seen anything like it! xx
That North Wind Chair is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. I love the printed pillows in the living room as well.
Love the glass doors in between the two rooms and what a great kitchen! xx
what a simply gorgeous space!
I love how her house manages to fit totally within a contemporary aesthetic while being really unique. That estate sale chair is awesome! – Leah, wisestyle.wordpress.com
My favorite space from this series so far.