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A Light and Textile Filled Philly Apartment

by anne

Originally from New York and DC respectively, Nina and Will Pace met in grad school in Baltimore before making their way to Philadelphia, where they’ve been renting this apartment in the city’s Manayunk neighborhood for the past two years. Nina’s background is in painting, which has led her to a lot of freelance work. Her paintings were heavily pattern based, so making the transition into textile design was a natural fit and led to her starting her own line, Ash & Anchor. Meanwhile, Will is a Project Manager at The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and a freelance a photographer. They both used to do a lot of collage work, which influences their decorating style. The style consists of piecing together objects and layering items from different places – in a way, building their own real-life puzzles. With a cozy sense of nostalgia, Nina describes it their home as “living a timeline.” Many thanks Nina and Will! –Anne 

Image above: As a textile designer (and lover of textiles) I tend to get very “pattern-happy” and the bedroom is a great place to indulge. The elephant tapestry by Magical Thinking from Urban Outfitters is the perfect base to add layers of color. The tapestry at the end of the bed is from a friend from her many travels, the two back pillow shams are Patch NYC for Target, and the front pillow is a little guy I made from scrap fabric. The middle pillows are an Ash & Anchor test run with the pattern from our Reverie Scarf. I’m thinking of adding some home items to the line and it’s fun to be my own guinea pig!



Click for more inside Nina and Will’s home after the jump!

Image above: The living room is the heart of our apartment and holds some of our favorite pieces, like the Iron & Wine concert poster by Doe Eyed (the show was incredible) and the Crosley record player that Will got me for my birthday when we first started dating. A fairly new addition are the two golden frames on the right, which were an antique fair find from upstate NY. Our intention was to use them for our own photos/art, but for now “Richard” and “Mabel” suit us just fine. The photo over the couch is one Will took when he was in the Peace Corps––it hung above our bed in Baltimore but I love its move to the living room in Philly. A major eyesore in the living room is the HVAC system, but it makes up for itself in the heat of summer, so we let it slide. 

Image above: Our kitchen set is great for apartment living (it’s super old from Pottery Barn) because we can keep the table this size normally, but add in the leaves when we have friends over for dinner. Instant party! I also love how the red chairs pop in an otherwise neutral space. The paint color throughout the apartment is Behr Cottage White.

Image above: We try to go to as many live shows as we can, and scoring a concert poster is often a must. This Andrew Bird one is by John Knoerl of Nerl Says Design. We’ve definitely learned our lesson––although it’s annoying to hold a poster throughout a show, if you think you might one,  buy it at the beginning of the night! We’ve missed out on some limited edition beauties for sure. Also pictured: one of our wedding photos, bookends that were Will’s grandfather’s, a delicious fall candle by Rosy Rings from Terrain, and cool wooden hands that my mom found for us.

Image above: Our plants love the windowsills! You can see the baby’s tears on the far right window growing out of the terrarium and down the windowsill. On the left is one of our many prayer plants. We started with just two and they keep getting so huge that we have to split them. At night, the leaves move upwards (like they’re “praying”) and sometimes they hit into each other and make noise. It’s so bizarre and kind of incredible.

Image above: My mom split a piece of this plant from hers and gave it to me 11 years ago. It’s definitely getting a little excessive but I can’t part with it, it’s been too long!



Image above: This lamp is from my great grandmother. She had two and now my sister and I each have one. Will found the tiny vintage jewelry box on Etsy to house my engagement ring.

Image above: It’s quite a treat to live across the street from a small park and a beautiful old church, especially in the fall.

Image above: The studio, “Ash & Anchor HQ,” is where I spend almost all of my time. If I could paint everything the color of the secretary desk, I think I would! I’m not sure if they still make it, but it was the Ace Hardware brand called Tom’s Favorite. Touché, Tom.

Image above: Our “mother-in-law’s tongue” plant belonged to Will’s grandmother––it’s older than we are! The wooden box is from Three Potato Four when their headquarters were right up the road from us.

Image above: Winter’s Lore is the new winter/holiday scarf I designed. It’s the first time I’m doing a limited run, limited availability item for the holidays.

Image above: After we got married earlier this year, we made cyanotypes of our rings and the flowers from my bouquet. For my birthday Will surprised me with a wall of framed, enlarged prints! It was so sweet. Also, rolls of fabric are everywhere! Here are ones for Elixir, Fontaine, and Armor of the Sea.



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