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Name: Colleen O’Toole (@collcoll18 on TikTok) and dog, Oscar O’Toole
Location: Capitol Hill — Denver, Colorado
Size: Around 700 square feet
Type of Home: Old estate turned into apartments
Years lived in: Just moved on Aug. 5 of this year, renting

I found my apartment on Zillow super late at night and immediately called the realtor and said I would put the deposit down sight unseen. I saw the gorgeous stained glass, clawfoot tub, and original hardwood floors and fell in love with the place! My apartment building used to be a single-family estate that was built in 1903. Then at one point, they converted it into six unique apartments. 

My neighborhood, Capital Hill, was once the neighborhood of Denver’s wealthiest residents but now is a mix of classic century-old mansions, contemporary townhomes, and apartment buildings. I live near the Molly Brown house and Moll was actually famous and achieved international recognition as the heroine of the 1912 Titanic disaster! She owned the home until her death in 1932.

I like to spend my time in my apartment cooking extravagant meals for myself,  constantly redecorating my place with antiques and thrift goods I find over the weekend, and making all sorts of art and drawings in my sunroom art studio/ office. I’m also a ridiculous plant mom and tend to my 48 plants often, one of which is a 13-foot fiddle leaf fig.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic, Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco, and Bohemian

Inspiration: Kelly Wearstler and Sig Bergamin

Favorite Element: The stained glass windows are everything! Especially the ones above my French doors to my sunroom/office. 

Biggest Challenge: Although I didn’t have as big of a budget as I would have liked, I was able to find a lot of vintage and antique goods at the Goodwills and Goodwill outlets around Denver. Instead of buying new everything I thrifted most of my art prints, glassware, decor, and books! 

Proudest DIY: Converting an old bookshelf into a bar 

Biggest Indulgence: My rugs, and absolutely  

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? Made the sunroom my office 

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? All my plants! I truly don’t think a place looks complete without a ton of plants. Not only do they enhance the overall appearance of my space, but they boost my mood, reduce stress, and make me happy.

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: 

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Commit to going extremely early to Goodwill outlets, come with gloves, and stay for at least four hours, and don’t give up! You will always find a gem or two and it’s a great place to find wall prints and decor.

This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.