Decorative furniture painter Kerry Beasley, one of her closest friends, transformed a plain white table by adding a leopard pattern to the base. Instead of a traditional chain sleeve for her pink chandelier, Engelbach used faux flowers to create the illusion of a garden sprouting from the ceiling. “When the windows are open, I can hear people comment about it from the street,” she says.
Painted shelves hold a teacup collection from her grandmother. “One of [my grandmother’s] talents was embellishing and painting china,” Engelbach says. “Not only did I receive her name, but her passion of collecting as well.”
Dining table: The Conran Shop (now closed); pink chandelier: ABC Carpet & Home; oil painting: Leonard Creo
A collection of vintage soda bottles makes up a centerpiece. “I admittedly drink a lot of soda and love the painted graphics and diverse shape of soda pop bottles from the ‘40s and ‘50s,” she says. She occasionally uses them as candleholders.
Photo: “Now Where’d I Park?” by Ryan Roberts, Fab
A bobblehead collection lines the back of the wall. “I’ve tapered off amassing more, although the Kiss collection has been an itch I have avoided scratching,” she says.
The framed poster is from a 1984 show of Jonathan Borofsky‘s work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “I was semiobsessed with his work, and this poster has graced a wall in every apartment I’ve lived since,” she says.
Next to the poster is a DIY art project using wine corks that Engelbach found next to a city trash can. Below it sits a framed art piece of a deconstructed Scooby-Doo lunch box she bought at an auction more than 20 years ago.
Engelbach lined the back of her Ikea CD shelves with floral gift wrap and added orange polka dot grosgrain ribbon to the front. For the center bookcase, she added a contrasting yellow grosgrain.
CD shelves: Benno; bookcase: Billy, both by Ikea
The midcentury modern red Naugahyde sofa is from the Winter Antiques Show at Manhattan’s piers.
Inside the Harry Allen Reality Banana Bowl are Polaroids printed from an Impossible Project camera of a Prohibition-theme dinner and a murder party Engelbach hosted. The commemorative Oregon whiskey bottle is from a trip to Portland.
She redecorated the body of a halogen floor lamp with gold glitter contact paper and old keys. “It is an excellent light source, but it was so generically hideous, it required a glam makeover,” she says.
The custom coffee table was made in Japan and came from Engelbach’s childhood home.
The clock is made with a vintage Twister game board.
The light fixture is made of five plastic lightbulb cages split open and bound with cable ties. “One day my sparkly light fixture dream is to have an original Adam Wallacavage chandelier,” she says.
Panda poster: Andy Warhol, Warhol Museum; print: “Dancing Flavor,” by Glenn Barr, Billy Shire Fine Arts
Engelbach painted the light fixture hot pink and added a tiara with the word “queen” on it to remind those who look in the mirror of “exactly who she should be,” she says.
The TV stand is a 70-year-old telephone table that Engelbach covered with a patch of faux turf, shells, starfish and a paper hula skirt.
A collection of filled, painted soda bottles decorates the upper cabinets. Engelbach is especially drawn to bottles from Stewart’s.
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