A Charming Upper East Side Home

I have a lot of favorite Instagrammers, and Jessika Goranson is at the top of my list. From her shots of gorgeous architecture on the Upper East Side of NYC (obviously I have a soft spot for that :), to her jaunts to the English countryside (seriously amazing), to the glimpses into her charming shop Holiday in Boston’s Beacon Hill, there’s just something about her taste and eye for photography that I love. Best of all though, have been the peeks into her cozy UES apartment, complete with working fireplace (love), dashes of leopard, and antiques galore. So I was surprised and excited when my friend Alexis mentioned that Jessika’s home had actually been featured in a past issue of Lonny (can’t believe I missed that!). I was beyond thrilled to see a full tour of the gorgeous space that I’ve loved getting glimpses of on Instagram:

Love the wallpaper and that gorgeous little print! 
Who wouldn’t love to stay in this adorable guest bedroom, with the pom-pom pillows and the Hermes blanket? So inviting. (Also I have to say I love Lonny’s use of the term “intimately proportioned”-that’s a really good way of describing apartments in NYC!)
Another view of the amazing living room. It feels like a room in an old country house in England, doesn’t it? That’s what I love about it. It’s got that cozy, eclectic, antique-y vibe, with the mixed patterns, the leather couch, and the secretary in the corner. It feels very sophisticated, but still fun and interesting. 

Have you ever seen a black and white color scheme look so warm? The whole apartment is just so cozy and inviting. Also, feminine, but not TOO feminine. How elegant is that wallpaper, and the demilune table? And those lamps! That’s actually kids wallpaper, which I think is brilliant – so great to pull from unexpected sources. 
Ok, and once I read this quote from her, I became convinced that we could be decor besties:
I couldn’t agree more. I’ve always dreamed of having a library room so large that it requires a ladder. That’s partly how I justify buying so many books-gotta fill my future library!
Be sure to check out the full home tour in Lonny’s Jan/Feb 2013 issue – tons more to see of this charming abode, and all of Jessika’s design advice is spot-on. 

All photography by Patrick Cline via Lonny 


  1. Tiffany Leigh Interior Design says: April 14, 2014

    Her space is amazing! Thanks for the introduction. This is the kind of style I've been trying to move towards lately in my plans for me next apartment! Love it!

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: April 14, 2014

      I love it too! Makes me want to redecorate 🙂

  2. Monica {Cake and Lilies} says: April 14, 2014

    Her Instagram is amazing, so no surprise that her home is so warm and inviting. Especially the guest bedroom… those pom-pom pillows!

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: April 14, 2014

      I know, I wish I knew where they were from! Love those.

  3. Hunter says: April 14, 2014

    What a great apartment!

    Prep on a Budget

  4. Rachel says: April 14, 2014

    I wish I had a fireplace in my home just so I could decorate it. Hers is so pretty!

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: April 14, 2014

      Oh my goodness me too! A mantel would be heaven.

  5. Rebecca Spencer says: April 14, 2014

    I love all of her bedding. That's up next on my "tackle for the home" list.

    Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: April 14, 2014

      I love it too, check the Lonny article they might have sources!

  6. Leslie says: April 14, 2014

    Her home is so gorgeous, but still so homey!

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: April 14, 2014

      I agree!

  7. Amanda says: April 14, 2014

    All the layering is gorgeous! And that quote is so great. I feel the same way. I'd die of happiness to have a library in my house with a ladder. Sounds like heaven.

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: April 14, 2014

      I'm with you…my idea of heaven 🙂

  8. Natalia { All the Things, etc } says: April 14, 2014

    What a perfect apartment! She definitely takes a "maximalist" approach, yet it's so well edited! Just gorgeous.

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: April 15, 2014

      Great point Natalia! It's almost cluttered, but in the best way possible. I didn't even realize but I think that's a big part of what I like about it. Thanks for the great comment 🙂

  9. Alexis says: April 14, 2014

    Ah! So glad you found that Lonny spread! That woman's style is just charming- I can't get over that she's not in fact, a professional interior decorator. I especially love her obsession with foo dogs and staffordshire dogs. She makes collecting tchotchkes so chic!

  10. Holly says: April 15, 2014

    These are such pretty images! I can see a similar style aesthetic!

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