This is the third apartment Lydia Nichols and Julia Lines Wilson have shared. After two tiny Brooklyn apartments they were nearly overwhelmed by all of the space they had once they moved to the Fairmount Area of Philadelphia two years ago for Lydia’s MFA. They finally had a chance to let all of the artwork and home goods they had collected breathe, reflecting so many memories. Lydia is an illustrator/designer/painter (who just wrapped up her second children’s book, The Summer Zoolympics, and is getting ready for her MFA thesis show on May 3rd) and Julia is a weaver/fiber artist, so the apartment tends to be full of patterns, textiles, and art. Fortunately they both share similar aesthetics, though Julia tends to be a bit more eclectic and Lydia a little more modern. Enjoy today’s peek inside their home! –Anne
Image above: The small little area rug next to the bed is from Stone Mill Wool Works, a small father-son operation in PA. They use mostly New Zealand wool and craft rugs and baskets by hand. We found them at the wonderful Golden Nugget Flea Market in Lambertville, NJ which is also home to one of my favorite vinyl record shops.
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Image above: The enamel top table in the bay window was my great grandparents’ and the bright orange school chairs on either side were a wonderful find on Court Street in Brooklyn not far from my favorite restaurant in Brooklyn, Joya. One of the things I really love about this apartment is the amazing slatted staircase, coupled with the high ceilings downstairs, it makes the apartment feel huge!
Image above: We have artwork all over the apartment, but just recently put up a bunch of work from the likes of Andrew Kolb and Esther Aarts. The credenza is a recent—and exciting—acquisition from right here in Philly. In the foreground is a Charley Harper dish from my all-time-favorite kitchenwares store, Fishs Eddy in Manhattan.
Image above: The Argoflex camera was my great grandfather’s and the photo beside it is my great grandmother as a young women, though I don’t think the photo was taken with that camera. They live next to my collection of Chris Ware Acme Novelty Library books and a sweet little set of Maurice Sendack books.
Image above: We love tea. All of those tins are full of different tea (mostly black varieties and yerba mate) which we get at Premium Steap, a truly excellent loose tea shop in Center City Philadelphia. Sadly, the kitchen is too small to display our many and varied tea cups, but we do keep out enamel mugs we bought on a trip last summer to Berlin.
Image above: I love this apartment, but I really do wish for a larger kitchen considering all of the cooking we do. The tea towels hanging from the stove were woven by Julia.
Image above: When not illustrating via pencil and computer, I like to do a little painting. This piece is painted on a section of a set for a play I found in our old studio. It’s too bulky to hang or store, so it lives on the stairs.
Image above: Julia and I share a workspace, as evidenced by the mixture drawing implements and yarn! A computer, lots of paper and pencils, and the occasional brayer and paintbrush are my primarily tools. And a scanner of course!
Image above: I think letter writing is a lost art and wish I had a steady penpal, hence the Smith Corona Electr-O-Pura typewriter on an old (and sadly empty) sewing table. Above that is Julia’s warping board with both a warp she’s readying and some finished cloth.
Image above: Julia (left) and me (right) doing our favorite thing: hanging out and drinking tea. We use a beautiful old Finel pot (to her right) to hold our remote controls. Sacrilegious, yes, but so very cheerful too!