Gemma Ahern Apartment Renovation – Cost Effective Designing

Gemma Ahern Apartment Renovation – Cost Effective Designing

We’ve just been allowed a sneak peek in Gemma Ahern’s renovated (from scratch) apartment. It’s a complete makeover with stylish furnishings and accessories that costed just a bit over $10,000. She definitely managed to impress us with the terrific work, given the budget. With quirky show pieces, varied hues, use of mix-and-match in styles and colors –- they all makes up for a very modern yet elegant style. One of the msot interesting features is the bookcase wallpaper which gives a very casual and lounge-like look and feel. Inspiration eh? – via


  • robin pulsifer June 19, 2009 at 18:59 PMLogin to Reply →

    inspiration, yes!! it’s amazing with creativity what can be done with small amounts of money, some great paint, etc. love every room. i really like that wall as you descend the staircase. love how eclectic it is. really fun. :) happy weekend!

  • sue June 19, 2009 at 23:12 PMLogin to Reply →

    totally loving the shaggy ball-ish foot stool!
    where can i get one please?

  • Mike June 20, 2009 at 01:32 AMLogin to Reply →

    I think I sold them that Shepard Fairey print.

  • Memo June 22, 2009 at 02:42 AMLogin to Reply →

    Great design!!

    Where can I find more like this??

  • israel June 23, 2009 at 15:54 PMLogin to Reply →

    Perhaps it’s an optical illusion, but that bicycle looks either broken or very difficult to ride! I really like the apartment still!

  • Ruthie September 19, 2009 at 20:07 PMLogin to Reply →

    The wall of the landing/staircase is FABULOUS, and im not ashamed to say that i will be copuing itas closely as i can when i move into my new house! I thought the walls of the front room were a bit dark for the small space, but i guess rules are made to be broken. I LOVE the fireplace display as well, and it is SO REFRESHING, not to see your bog standard, nice, expensive yawnsome designs like in ideal home magazine ect.. It is great to finally see imagination and creativity. This is my kinda home.

  • bathroom tiles July 19, 2010 at 11:57 AMLogin to Reply →

    I love the bookcase wallpaper. I would never think to paint a small apartment such a dark color, but it really works here.

  • Leo August 8, 2010 at 19:41 PMLogin to Reply →

    The horrible penguin wooden statue, the gigantic pear, the humongous butterflies… This items wouldn’t sell for 5 bucks in a garage sale… The dear skull!!! oh, the humanity!!!!! The only thing that saves this apartment is the couch.
    Ps: Good luck reading all those books inside this casket. What the hell, noone reads nowadays anyway.

  • Shoe Closets August 16, 2010 at 06:38 AMLogin to Reply →

    I love the gigantic posters. and the letterings on the walls.

  • carpet cleaning sydn October 7, 2010 at 12:58 PMLogin to Reply →

    I wish I had something like this, but that day will come soon. :)

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