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Loft living for newlyweds

A young couple decorates their rental unit with items they bought together, salvaged, or inherited.

Matthew Delphenich

Newlyweds and entrepreneurs Jessica Sutton Maniatis and Alex Maniatis, both 32, moved into their Dorchester loft in spring 2013. “More space and a bigger kitchen were the biggest drivers in our decision to move,” says Sutton Maniatis, who owns graphic design agency JSGD. She and Maniatis, cofounder of DJ and electronic production school Mmmmaven, have decorated their rental space with a mix of pieces they’ve bought together, inherited, and found online or salvaged. With storage space at a premium in the open floor plan, keeping clutter at bay, physically and mentally, was a main goal.

1) Sutton Maniatis inherited the Crate & Barrel sofa from a friend. “It’s been a great foundation over the past few years, working into many different rooms and color schemes,” she says.


2) One decluttering strategy was to choose a ceiling-mounted projector rather than a TV, says Sutton Maniatis. “Since we both spend our days working with technology, it’s really nice to come home and not have to stare at it.”

3) “The Flatiron dining table from Restoration Hardware was the first piece we bought together as a married couple,” she says. “For a long while our apartment only consisted of our couch. We fell in love with the rough mix of textures.”

4) The chair-and-a-half from West Elm “fits a human and a large, fluffy dog with ease,” says Sutton Maniatis.

5) Throw pillows of natural linen were handmade by a couple in Lithuania. “I found them through Etsy when I was looking for a neutral and affordable organic option that would stand up to daily wear and tear,” says Sutton Maniatis.

6) The ICU Lamp is by Lawrence McRae, who shares studio space with Sutton Maniatis. She admires its lightness and gray color, “my favorite neutral.”

7) The side table is by Nate Berkus for Target. “It looks luxe at such an affordable price,” says Sutton Maniatis.


8) The West Elm coffee table pops open for additional storage.

9) Sutton Maniatis found this accent table on a curb and rehabbed it. “I painted the brass legs and replaced broken glass. Now it’s one of my favorite pieces,” she says.