it’s a week of lisas as sneak peek continues with artist lisa solomon. lisa’s home was every bit as beautiful as i thought it would be- what follows is a description of her space in her own words. [click here for full sized photos of lisa’s home]
“First I feel like I should clarify that I have a split design sensibility [Iâ€™m a libra after-all]. Part of me would LOVE to live in a very clean modern perfectly stylized house. But in reality â€“ we have pets [2 dogs and 2 cats] and we collect lots and lots of stuff…. And I also love peeling paint and things with history and character… So our house design sense has more of a lived in, vintage inspired, long hard collected look….. I dream of someone asking me to help them put a space together from scratch…. Itâ€™d be so fun to try out different sensibilities
I thought I should start with the living room. Two walls are chocolate brown…. On the right â€“ funky found metal cart â€“ clockwise the art around the cart: the baby is kimberly austin, then alex ambrose, genevieve walsh. Red painting : aurora robson, and some cool lou reed flexidisc that someone gave us. On the leftâ€“ an old TV cabinet that we put our new TV in… Our treasured TV lamp kitties, old empty bowling pin booze bottle, vintage gun [not loaded] and a whole sheet of wacky packs [does anyone remember those?] framed.
Continuing in our living room: on right â€“ found salvage mantle… And things that match in color/age/style….On left â€“ great mission style chair from my father in-law, gorgeous pillow [with an L for me!] by lisa congdon, big painting by my friend and mentor katherine sherwood, small piece by chris johanson, repro vintage fan courtesy of restoration hardware, flea market find pedestal lamp, 2 small footstools [I have a thing for all items mini] and yes… The orange fringe pillow is an ikea special of course!
This is our dining room â€“ I love our fake grass placemats [another gift]. I pretty much leave them out all the time to giggle. My husband collects and plays mostly vinyl and our record player is in the dining room [in an old pie case â€“ the green piece on the edge of the photo above. Thereâ€™s the current rotation [he stores over 2000 records upstairs]. Painting is an old one by me… Drawing of our dog is my husbands. Thereâ€™s also my basket full of softies…From wendy crabb, hammer and daisy, and jess hutch, as well as my nara ashtry by cereal art – a recent and well loved gift! I also like to set up little still lives [or vignettes as lisa c so aptly put it] this sits in a nook in a hallway. So you are probably starting to notice â€“ I like to match things by color. There are 2 adorable bird cups there by rori zendack– everything else is found, given, and/or painted to match.
And lastly our bedroom. yes â€“ we watch that TV â€“ and yes â€“ itâ€™s black and white â€“ and yes â€“ we listen to records in here too! can you tell I have a thing for old luggage? On the left of the wardrobe is a framed art quilt by amy karol, the cute green felt purse is by gwen/bugheart – she also supplied the fabulous green luggage. I donâ€™t know why, but I just love the old window pane. Even that itâ€™s broken…. Above the red chair is the newest edition to my art collection a piece by alyson fox, next to the bed the shoes are by kimberly austin again, and above the bed is the vintage czech bead headress I wore for my wedding…..In putting these pictures together I really realized how lucky I am to be surrounded by art and things that I love â€“ made by people I love and admire. They all make me feel like Iâ€™m home. And that is a very lucky feeling. Hope you enjoyed the peek! Lisa”