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Inside a Collector’s Paradise in New Jersey

by Garrett Fleming

Heather and Bobby were just two art school grads when they moved into this six-room walk-up in Weehawken, NJ. Fast forward six months, and they have created such a layered paradise that I can barely look away. Heather has so many treasures that she employs storage units to house the home’s overflow (some of which is available in their Etsy Shop). Heather has always loved thrifting and hopes to transition this online shop into her own brick-and-mortar store in the near future.

Until that dream becomes a reality, the two are living the post-grad life in this 1890s attic apartment. The charm of that era, the craftsmanship of the architecture, and a bus stop to NYC right outside the door are what immediately sold Bobby on the space. Heather knew the home was for them when she saw the storage. She was most looking forward to incorporating charm and an eclectic vibe into the couple’s home, while Bobby’s style is more simple and minimal. Being the sweet man that he is, Bobby lovingly compromised and let Heather have full reign of the space when it came to design. He wouldn’t budge, however, on the couple’s agreement to always share the evening’s meal together. “It’s nice to know that no matter how crazy things are, we’ll always have a time to sit down with one another,” Heather gushes. My favorite part of this home is the stunning portraits that fill many of the home’s walls. Look for those, and so many more treasures in the full tour after the jump. Enjoy!—Garrett

All photos by Heather Kurdyla

The Living Room: The couple uses the main living area to showcase their most intriguing collections. While almost everything here was thrifted, the brand-spanking-new sofa was a gift. “[We] love all the textures in the space, the rugs, pillows and paintings on the wall,” Heather and Bobby say.
A sampling of the many oil pantings that fill the couple's home.
This large artwork is one of Heather’s most cherished possessions. Found in a flea market on a trip to San Francisco, she hopes to frame it one day in order to give it the love she feels it deserves. “It was folded up, creating the stripes of chipped-off paint. The blanket at the top of the pile was my great-grandmother’s.” Heather explains.
Here's another view of the sunny living room. The window seat opens to offer the couple more storage for their many books and collectibles.
Taxidermy can be a polarizing topic, but Heather likes how the animals add a touch of whimsy to the space. The couple is also drawn to the scientific nature of the various eBay and hand-me-down critters. The fox was a gift from Heather’s father.
Heather gorgeously recovered this vintage chair in silk, Depression-era fabric. A mid-century console adorned with various vintage finds holds Bobby’s records and more books for the couple to peruse.
The living room dresser.
The Bathroom: "The bathroom has the most beautiful light in the morning that shines through the stained glass window," the homeowners say. When the leaves fall off of the trees, you can see the Empire State Building from here. The sink, tub and medicine cabinet are original, but paint-color credit goes to Heather and Bobby. Great choice.
The Entryway: Visitors are greeted by over 25 of the two’s favorite oil paintings. “Some are realistic while others are faceless,” Heather and Bobby say.
The couple invested quite a lot of money in this artwork when they bought them off of a New Jersey doctor, but the layered look was absolutely worth every penny.
The Main Hall: Heather calls this collection, “The Old Lady and the Sea,” as this wall features only portraits of women in shades of blue paired with art of oceanic views. Treating your home in such a thoughtful way - almost like a gallery - is so admirable and fun.
The Mater Bedroom: Heather and Bobby tackled this room's challenging layout by placing their bed in front of the large windows. Morning light and this thrift-store bed frame make cozy mornings a treat for the couple.
Notice the horseshoe detailing on the couple’s bed frame? It’s those fun finds that keep Heather and Bobby thrifting for their home together. The wall’s mounted butterflies came from the Dominican Republic, and Heather made the feather cyanotype in college.
A fun corner of the couple's room.
The Dining Area: The kitchen table and chairs are a welcome family heirloom, and the vintage map was an eBay score. “Bobby studies it during every meal,” Heather says.
The curtain to the left gives Bobby privacy when working from his home office.
The Kitchen: Bobby and Heather’s globe collection sits atop what they call, “a 1950s formica nightmare,” that they have cleverly covered up with charming knick-knacks and thrift shop finds. I love the Easter-egg yellow color of this space.

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  • I love her design eye. The paint colors are both neutral, vintage, and inspiring: the perfect palette for all this artwork.

  • Another fellow Etsy Seller! Yay! Your home is a total reflection of all that you love. I’m sure it’s hard to part with some of your treasures on Etsy but I think whoever buys them must love them too. Thanks for the peak into your well appointed home. Wish I were you.

  • This damaged portrait painting is incredible! I love seeing that the damage can be beautiful. And the rest of their impressive collection of paintings are what really make their decor so unique. I am a collector, so very happy to see a more “busy” interior work so well!

  • LOVE your house Heather & Bobby, every corner is filled with joyful possessions. So personal, natural, homely, just lovely.
    Thanks for sharing Grace!

  • I love the pull down map of the US. Brings back a lot of public school memories :) I would love to know where the grey sofa is from.

  • Of all the warm, lovely and creative homes you have pictured over the years on D*S, this might be my favorite. The portraits purchased from a NJ doctor are exquisite. The whole apartment has a vibe so inviting and and filled with enchantment that it just jumps off the page. I can even picture different scents — i’m imagining cinnamon and chicken soup in the kitchen, lily of the valley in the bedroom. How lovely.

  • The sofa is fantastic. You’re very lucky to have been given it as a gift. Would you mind sharing the manufacturer’s name? I’ve been looking for a really good, neutral color sofa, and haven’t had any luck. Help, please!

  • Oh…my…word. I want all of those paintings in that living room. Simultaneously intriguing and comfortable. Incredible!

  • Thanks so much for taking a peek at our home, we were thrilled to share!

    Also for those who were wondering, the couch is from Urban Outfitters but I believe it’s no longer available.

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