It’s only fitting that an architecture student live in a home rich in history and character, right? Wrong! That’s a mere pipe dream for most young adults. Dylan Tibbetts of Eugene, OR, however, got extremely lucky. Three years ago, one of his classmates happened to be moving out of this vintage apartment near campus right as Dylan was leaving dorm life behind. Much to his astonishment, Dylan had landed the apartment he’d always wanted much sooner than he ever thought possible.
Hexagonal bathroom tiles, ornamental casework and leaded glass are just a few of the space’s early-20th-century details. And each is further amplified by Dylan’s distinct style, a look that’s a little sentimental and a lot vintage. A handsome Steelcase desk, for example, graces his home office and pennants from Dylan’s favorite destinations tie a bow on the bedroom’s design. If that weren’t enough, his kitchen gets a personal touch thanks to a dining table he’s lovingly cobbled together with a basic pine topper and $10 base.
Without a doubt, outfitting the space was easy and enjoyable for decor enthusiast Dylan. Working with its unique layout, on the other hand, was much more challenging. Immobile radiators and half walls interrupt the apartment’s flow and presented Dylan with an odd task: create dedicated rooms within a pretty open space. Dylan isn’t one to back down, though. Keep scrolling to check out how he’s risen to the challenge, and enjoy! —Garrett
Image above: The credenza to the left of frame is the first of two ways Dylan uses furniture to distinguish different areas of his home from one another. The pennants hanging above his bed represent places particularly important to him.
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Bedding – Target
Rug – Urban Outfitters
Waste bin – Schoolhouse Electric Co.
Wall boxes – Target
Large painting, seagull watercolor – Tom Allen
Leaf print – Isabella Media
NYC cityscape – Yuri
Amsterdam print – Typique
Pathos print – Martha Wassweiler
Tree print – Josh Krute
Telephone wire print – Brittney West
Storage pouf, shower curtain – Target
All paintings in photo – Dylan Tibbetts