This Eclectic, Modern Jersey City Home Will Spark Some Serious Joy

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Since we’ve all be home for quite some time, it’s natural to want to spruce up our spaces. Of course, sometimes, inspiration needs to strike in order to do so. Enter — this gorgeous Jersey City apartment. Inspired by fun contrasts and mixed mediums, this JC apartment sparks Marie Kondo level joy and envy. Keep reading for a look inside + how the design came to be. 

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{All photos courtesy of Rose + Co Interiors}

About the Apartment

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Home to Ross and Chelsea Missiris, and their dog Leto, this JC home works out to be 800 square-feet in total and has two bedrooms and one and a half baths.

Now, although purchased in 2018, the apartment itself was built in 1865. It was originally part of the John B. Coles Mansion where the horses and carriages were kept.

“Ross and I were just starting our hunt for a Jersey City apartment after living in Manhattan for 10+ years. It was actually my first time ever in Jersey City so we popped into a few open houses,” Chelsea explained.

“We saw a sign for a ‘Carriage House’ for sale and took a look. When we saw it for the first time it was breathtaking. The all brick house is completely surrounded by other brownstone’s backyards and is not visible from the street so it really is like a secret garden. We put an offer in just to see what would happen and ended up getting it.”

About the Design

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Chelsea is an interior designer + artist {follow her @roseandcointeriors}, so she is “constantly getting inspired by new things.”

“I love contrast. Black and white, soft and harsh lines, vintage and modern. I think a home needs to be eclectic and mixed so it doesn’t feel like you just pulled everything from one store. It feels lived in and well-traveled.” And that mindset when it comes to designing is how she was inspired to decorate her home.

“I get a lot of inspiration from traveling. Seeing how other cultures use their native materials and whatever is on hand, geography can play a huge role in the way homes are designed. If I see something that inspires me — a color, pattern, or texture, I think about how I can translate that look into my own home,” she explained.

Room by Room

Chelsea walked us through room by room to share what’s unique about each space.

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The Kitchen

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All the cabinets were painted in Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray and Chelsea and Ross changed the hardware. “I put down vinyl tiles in a cool pattern over the existing flooring, which was a cheap and easy update,” Chelsea shared. The couple also put in Carrara Marble counters and refinished the butcher block.

The Dining Room

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The gallery wall of Chelsea’s artwork is her favorite element of the dining room. “It has such impact,” she said. The table and chairs are vintage, the candlestick holders are Crate + Barrel, the chandelier is Pelle. “It’s all about mixing high and low,” Chelsea shared.

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Plus, above the bar cart is a self-portrait of Chelsea’s Grandfather he painted before he left for the war — a familial, personal touch.

The  Living Room

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“My velvet couch was a well worth the risk,” Chelsea said. “I think my yellow velvet couch is a showstopper. It’s commercial-grade fabric so it holds up great to muddy paws, wine, or anything that’s thrown at it. Plus, the classic lines mean it never goes out of style.” Beyond the couch, the floor-length curtains add some extra drama to the room.

The Powder Room 

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“I love having a dramatic powder room,” Chelsea said. The stripes serve as a fun surprise to guests and the best part is Chelsea painted them herself. The mirror here is from CB2. 

The Master Bedroom

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“I like my bedroom to feel more minimal and serene,” she explained. “So I painted the wood floors white and used neutral colors.”

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The bed here is from West Elm and the nightstand is vintage Italian from the 1950s. The couple added plug-in sconces to free up room for water, books, iPhones on the nightstand, and add a custom feel. 

Read  More: This Colorful, Eclectic Hoboken Home Will Spark Marie Kondo-Level Joy

The Bathroom

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Again, the couple kept it clean and simple in here. The vanity is Ikea and the mirrors are West Elm.

The Office/Guest Bedroom 

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This room is home to a versatile pull-out couch for guests to sleep on. The pillows are custom and the fishing net light is Target.

And there you have it, a look inside this completely unique and gorgeously designed apartment. A well-designed home feels amazing to come home to, or in this case, spend time in for the foreseeable future.

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Arielle is a born-and-bred Jersey girl and like a true NJ native, half her diet consists of bagels and the other half pizza. As a graduate of both American University and City, University of London, she’s been a passionate writer ever since she wrote her first “book” in the first grade. When she’s not furiously typing away at her keyboard, she spends her time ticking places off of her “to travel to” list, trying any and all new foods, and trying to stop herself from spending too much money at Zara.