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sneak peek: liza lubell of quince

by anne

after growing up in new york city liza lubell of quince {flowers} takes comfort in small living quarters. so she was delighted when she moved to portland, oregon and found this adorable one bedroom apartment in a big old craftsman house that had been converted into small studios and one bedroom apartments. outfitting the apartment was a fun project for liza, with the goal to keep it light, airy, cheap and comfortable, all while reminding herself that the place was still just a rental (so painting, stripping carpet and changing light fixtures weren’t really options). we love the result and hope you do too, so don’t miss additional images right here. {thanks, liza}anne

[above: This is my super fancy dining room. Though this table was actually made for kids, it’s perfect for two people to sit at. I’ve tried four…a bit dangerous when you add wine to the equation. Those gorgeous blue vases are by Judy Jackson in NYC, a ceramicist we use for Quince as much as we possibly can.]


CLICK HERE for the rest of liza’s sneak peek (including all of the full-sized images) after the jump!


Here’s another shot of my coffee table, couch, and “office.” I love the versatility of the couch since it’s simply two sectional chairs pushed together. A piece I could easily alter depending on the room.


My reading nook! Probably the biggest seller for me. It was my “office” when I first moved in, but once we found our beautiful studio space, I ditched the desk and turned this into my “fun storage” area (i.e. letterpress, ribbon, paper, etc.) and comfortable reading area. Between us, I spend more time talking on the phone in here than reading, but regardless it’s a comfortable, relaxing spot. (Pillows by my amazing friend Elisabeth Bentz)


Here is my built in hutch leading to the kitchen. I have some Elisabeth Bentz (http://elisabethbentz.com) napkins tucked in the corner. That green tea pot probably should’ve been tossed years ago, but I just can’t let it go for some reason. [right] My new office area! Really just a spot for my computer, pencils, and materials of the sort. This table was a real find for me. The store has since closed (tears) but the table is a French antique that has the most amazing layers of peeled paint. It’s the perfect sized table for a laptop and a cup of coffee. (Adorable pencil holder by another dear friend Franki Finch who does model making in Glasgow, Scotland.


Finally, this is a section of my backyard. I share the space with the other tenants of the house. When time permits, I love to come out here in the morning in the summertime to have my coffee and do the crossword.


This image is what you see when you enter the apartment. I picked up that window frame mirror at Portico, (www.porticostyle.com) a local store that sells beautiful refurbished vintage pieces. It wasn’t very expensive but I debated with myself for about a month as to whether I should buy it or not. I couldn’t be happier I did, as it is definitely one of my favorite pieces. My apple green table was a West Elm sale find. It took me quite a while to love the table, but over the years, I’ve found that huge pop of color smack in the center really ties the room together. I love the artist Annie Meyer . She has a studio here in Portland that I stumbled upon some years ago when walking around the neighborhood. My lovely mother works in the prints department of the antiquarian bookstore The Argosy in New York City and framed all these pieces for me. The two on the left are drawings she found for me at The Argosy. Also noteworthy in this pic are these enormous peonies. I am a florist so I have to mention the flowers…

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  • I really enjoy the tidbit about it taking quite a while to love the green table, because it’s true, it really ties the room together. Sometimes we have to wait things/live with them for awhile to really appreciate their purpose.

    And that vintage (is it vintage?) standing mirror is to die for. =)

  • Love the comfy chair in the reading nook! Too often the chairs in these Sneak Peaks are stylish but look horribly uncomfortable.

  • I love that window frame mirror, I like that it looks like another window in the room into another part of the apartment. The colours you have chosen are all so fresh and lovely too :)

  • Thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments on my apartment. It makes me love my place even more.
    Shanon- Yes it is a vintage mirror. My mother found it for me somewhere. I think with smaller places, mirrors really help. :)

  • Love your place Liza. It’s the perfect extension of Quince– creative, beautiful, and stylish. For some reason I feel like eating heirloom tomatoes.

  • Lovely home, I love the pops of green and yellow! I’m moving into a rental with fuzzy brown carpet in every room. I really enjoyed seeing that the space can still look fresh and modern despite the carpet!

  • Hi Summer. I’m so into that wire stuff too! It is actually a new piece. We bought a few for our studio from a wholesaler, but had a piece leftover which has now found a nice spot in my home. Score!
    Christie – I love that green so much, too. On the dreariest of days, you can’t help but be cheered up by the color.

  • feels really cozy, love the mirror and the desk it’s standing on, great colour! Also the little vases in the first pic are adorable ^-^

  • Your space is clever, comfortable and adorable. Could you please share where the metal basket shelves came from?

  • ditto the request for the wire box shelving source, please! even the wholesaler source would be helpful for trying to track down a retail store … thank you!

  • This space is great! I own a little boutique and was looking for shelving very similar to your wire shelves. Can you disclose your wholesaler? And are those the metal baskets from Ikea?

  • Thanks again to everyone for all your wonderful comments! In response to the wire shelving questions, the wholesaler is Peddlers Design. (peddlersdesign.com) And yes, those galvanized bins are from Ikea and are the perfect fit for the shelving.

    Stephanie – I’m not familiar with the exact paint color since my landlord had painted everything before I moved in. Sorry I don’t have more information there.

    Thanks again to everyone and hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

  • Love the wire organizing shelf. Where is it from?

    Little editing note, “ceramicist” is a little mistake. A person who works in ceramics is known as a “ceramist”. Sorry, just a little pet peeve of mine as I am one. ;)

    • thanks jesse-

      we used to use ceramicist when i was at hour & garden mag so that’s the version i got used to. i’ll look into this :)


  • I adore this peek and agree with Liza’s comment that mirrors help with small spaces. I use one as a dry erase board to bring light to my dark little office.

  • We had wire shelving in my old kitchen area and simply hated them! Everything that wasn’t wide enough to simply span three wires had a habit to tumble over if not centered perfectly. And, whenever something did drip, it went all the way to the ground…making everything beneath it dirty and sticky on the way down! Once we constructed our overflow kitchen in the cellar, we put in wood shelving…I Really Like them and, when we get to it, our new corner pantry will also have wood shelves.

  • We had wire shelving in my previous kitchen and totally hated them! Anything that was not wide enough to simply span 3 wires had a tendency to fall over if not structured correctly. And, whenever something did pour, it went entirely to the ground…making everything underneath it dirty and sticky on the way down! When we constructed our overflow pantry in the basement, we set up wood shelving…I Really Like them and, when we get to it, our new corner pantry will probably also have wood shelves.

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