sneak peek: andy beers

you may remember andy beers’ beautiful bedroom from the the sparkability rocker giveaway this october. andy is a recent graduate of the interior architecture master’s program at the university of oregon in eugene. this fall, andy and his wife moved to portland where he now works for interior designer jessica helgerson (who specializes in sustainably-focused residential and commerical interiors). andy and his wife kindly offered to share a sneak peek of their new home now that it’s finished. andy’s descriptions are below, but you can view full-sized photos right here. enjoy and be sure to click here for the FULL post (there are 15 more great photos after the jump)! [want more sneak peeks? we have more coming up tomorrow, thursday and next monday so stay tuned!]

Our apartment is in a fantastic building from 1928 in Southeast. It is a tiny one bedroom walk-through, so it’s long and skinny, but we have lots of windows. Including closets, it’s just under 600 square feet. We are really lucky when it comes to furnishings. We inherited a major portion of my wife’s grandparent’s furniture. They had incredible taste. They also came from a generation that purchased furniture for a lifetime; each piece was acquired as they could afford it, and they bought quality pieces- not fancy, but well-made. Living Room (first photo above): We have beautiful built-ins in our apartment. One of the reasons I wanted to live here was the tremendous amount of interior detailing. The desk is one of 3 pieces we have purchased on our own- a big deal for us. It is from Roost; I think it’s very David Hicks. The lounge is vintage Plycraft, although it lost its original tufted-vinyl upholstery in the 70’s. Getting used to living with pink mohair takes a while, but I love it now. Bedroom (directly above): We hung junk-store paintings above our bed along with one of my favorite prints by the fantastic Ashley Goldberg. I got tired of our bed looking unmade, so I finally made a headboard out of plywood squares wrapped in fabric and used velcro to hang it on the wall.

I’m constantly changing the contents of the Eames table. But you can usually find some books and a few thrifting finds on it, like this amazing Avon bottle. The geometric feathers of the owl are great.

My wife and I share the desk; I have to be considerate and clear my piles frequently. The chair is Ron Arad’s Tom Vac. It’s not a 3 hour chair, so I add a cushion from Area when I’m working. (My next set of new sheets will be from Area. They are so beautiful.) The lamp is from Jonathan Adler, and is one of my favorite things. The calendar is from Camilla, and the letterpress artwork is Steven Harrington via Tiny Showcase.

My father-in-law grew up eating dinner at this Conant-Ball dining table. The finish is pretty worn, but we love that it was applied by my wife’s grandfather. This is probably my favorite piece of furniture in the house because so many family meals have been shared around it. The pendant is from Le Klint.

The Eames bentwood coffee table was a huge score during a MOMA sale- 70% off the retail price. It’s a piece a furniture I’m almost afraid to live with. I cringe a little every time someone comes over and puts their feet up on it. But I’m getting more relaxed about it. It will get dinged eventually, and that’s probably a good thing. The Dux chairs were reupholstered sometime during the 60’s- I’m trying to find photos of their original upholstery in the family archive. I used to have slipcovers on them, but these days I’m actually a fan of the green floral.

I scored this little writing desk off of Craig’s List. Until we have a better place for it, we use it as a console in the dining room. It would make a great vanity.

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and ironically, it’s the ugliest part of our apartment. It was renovated in the 70’s. Full size appliances are very good, retro veneered hollow core cabinet doors are not. To make the huge expanse of wood less obtrusive, I borrowed an idea from Nick Olsen’s blog and used electric tape to add moldings. Probably the best $3 I spent in the whole rental.

Our dresser also holds a small TV that we use to watch DVDs . The print is by Tom Purvis. I love the small shot of red-orange near the center. The chair is mid-century Swedish; I use the matching ottoman as a night table. The cotton rug on top of the seagrass rug is from Angela Adams.

My green pile is the smallest, which according to me justifies the accumulation of more titles in this hue.

Some Goodwill Pyrex that I love.

I have a light-up Scan Globe that I love; we turn it on almost every night. It would be the ultimate night light in a kid’s room. The print behind the lounge chair is by the lovely Jill Pilotte of Small Stump and Rose and Radish, the painting on the floor is by Ian Dingman. His work is so beautiful in person.

Another postcard painting- this one is by Justin Clayton. We waited months to win an auction for one of Justin’s pieces. His compositional style is really outstanding.

In our entryway, we hung our wedding photo next to those of our parents and grandparents- it’s great to see them side by side. A calligrapher made the mats for us. The console is a vintage media cabinet with woven grass doors.

Built-in vanity in the bathroom.

I piled up all of my coffee table books next to the door. I got jealous when everyone else started organizing their books by color, so I did it too. I love the big swatches of color.

Our bathroom is teeny-tiny, but has natural light. The mirror was a $6 thrifting find. It was a hideous green-gold when I bought it, and it took a whole can of spray paint to cover it. I love it because it doesn’t match one other thing that we own. Which makes it perfect.

Postcard paintings have been a great way for us to start buying art; they’re affordable and easy to display. This pear painting is by Seattle artist Dan Baumfeld, and there are lots of great finds at the Daily Painters Art Gallery.

Half of our kitchen has the original cabinets with glass-fronted doors. Cookbooks get stored here (by color again). Food blogs are my favorite thing after design blogs. I cook the most from Orangette. I trust Molly’s palate- I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve made from her site. I ‘m looking forward to her book next year.

The view from the hallway into our living room.

The linen closet, where Naughty Naughty Kiefer lives.

The view from our living room into the bathroom hallway and the bedroom beyond.

We keep an inspiration strip in the hallway.

  1. Uncle Beefy says:

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, Andy. You’ve got a great place. What my concern is, is that with all this writing and picture taking of your amazing home it’s preventing you and your wife from packing up your clothing and toiletries so that I can be moved in by Friday. Afterall Andy, it’s the holidays and I have guests coming that I need to impress. So chop chop! (AH-MAZING!)

  2. Design Milk says:

    lovely! Looks bigger than it is.

  3. mykull says:

    Beautiful! Could you please tell me where you got the living room blinds from?

  4. mykull says:

    Beautiful! Could you please tell me where you got the living room blinds?

  5. stephanie says:

    great sneak peek! lots of ideas here!

  6. katie says:

    Beautiful!! Just beautiful! Love all the art! And the light. Great color palette as well. Jeepers! Pink Mohair chair, gotta love that!

  7. carlene says:

    Now, see, this is the kind of home that Domino used to publish; creative, colorful, great personality and proportion, imaginative. Inspirational. I love everything about this home. Congratulations!

  8. arin says:

    So much personality and so lovely.

  9. Judith says:

    I love your home. Such wonderful use of color. Inspiring!

  10. mystic says:

    gorgeous! I love the sunburst hung above the mantle. do you mind sharing where you purchased that piece? thx!

  11. meghan says:

    Does anybody know where those little fuzzy green pebbles (3rd photo) can be found? I think I’m in love with them…

  12. Lucy says:

    Great place :) so warm and friendly and cozy… HEY can anyone help me out with this question? I keep seeing that little ceramic beaker with japanesy blue spots (it’s in the kitchen photo with yellow pencils inside?)… it’s been in a few magazine spreads recently.. it’s haunting me! Where can I find this item? I am in Australia so maybe Grace you have an online resource?? thanks! Lucy x

  13. Ellen says:

    I, like meghan above, would LOVE to know where to find the green fuzzy pebbles. They’re so cool!

  14. Jenn says:

    Hey! I went to school with him! Andy your home looks great!! Its so cool to see a fellow Interiors grad on this site, you are just so damn talented!

  15. Kim Wike says:

    your house is beautiful but i can’t see all the pictures… i can only see the name of the photo for jpgs: 283, 1613,1910,2020,2112

  16. Kim Wike says:

    nevermind i can see them all perfectly now. my server must have been acting up. lovely home. beautiful balance of color, great pieces of furniture!

  17. Kim says:

    Marimekko “ceramic beaker” (they call it a latte mug) :

  18. laura says:

    Oh, wow. What a perfect home.

  19. Stacy says:

    Not quite exactly my taste, but the proportions are really inspiring. I love those moss covered stones and am taken with the hallway.

  20. Laura says:

    All I have to say is: ridiculously awesome.

  21. Rosa says:

    beautiful! I would also love to know where I could find pink shades like those in the first picture…

  22. Doodle Whore says:

    Loooove it! Your fearless use of color is so inspiring.

  23. AbbeyH says:

    So gorgeous and so inspirational! I’m running to our thrift store first thing tomorrow morning to hunt for finds like yours!

  24. Glory says:

    Oh geez, I think this may be my favorite yet! I LOVE it! It’s so inspirational and just plain gorgeous.

  25. Andy B says:

    Thanks for the kind comments everyone! This was fun to share.

    Mykull- I made all of the blinds in the living room out of fabric remnants. The floor length panels require sewing, but the small pink panels were just done with fusible web and an iron.

    Mystic- the sunburst mirror is from a store in Eugene, OR called Modern. (I used to work there.) The mirror is from a company called Zodax. They only sell to wholesale accounts, but you could contact them to find a local distributor near you.

    Meghan and Ellen- the fuzzy pebbles are made by Gold Leaf Design Group. Again, they only work with wholesalers. Call Nicole at Modern in Eugene, and she can ship some to you. She has a big tub of them in the shop right now (and they’re super affordable!) 541.686.1935

    Lucy- the pencil cup is, in fact, a Marimekko latte mug. They have other great patterns available as well, but “Fokus” is my favorite.

  26. Khori says:

    What an incredible classy and innovative use of space. You are sooo talented!

  27. Molly Swenson says:


  28. Noel says:

    I love the touch of the naive art above and below the books arranged by your door…….who are those artists?

    It looks great!!!

  29. Nina says:

    Oh wow, what an amazing house. There are a lot of little details but still it looks so organized…

  30. GW says:

    Usually when so many different colors are used in one room it’s not really working for me, but I really LOVE the colors in the living room. Love love love the green pebbles. Info please!

  31. JJ says:

    A little overstyled for me. Do people really have a whole bunch of fresh, same sized pencils in a pot (even a Marimekko one?) Or a coat hanging off of the hallway door that happens to be of a hue close to the rug and stool beyond? But thanks for sharing, and I enjoyed seeing it.

  32. I love how you incorporate family into a really finely designed home. It’s just fantastic! blessings!

  33. sosser says:

    wonderful! great mix of old and new – love every last corner!

  34. emily says:

    i. am. so. jealous.

  35. patty says:

    When can I move in?

  36. Modern says:

    We are almost all sold out of the green moss stones. If anyone would like any give us a call soon!
    Your place is gorgeous!

  37. Margarita says:

    I love you!

  38. Sooooo jealous! On top of getting to live in one of the best cities on the planet your house is so full of energy and love – congrats on the chair!

  39. Meghan says:

    Modern: who’s almost sold out? give us some contact info. Thank you!

  40. Giada says:

    @ Meghan : Don’t know if you read it, I misread the first time too :-), but she said it’s by a company called and you can buy them here .

  41. Anna Human says:

    Dope house!

  42. simon Jones says:

    WOW! your house is stunning! every room a winner! really nice to see you have some great furniture from family, it makes it so much more special.

    Definately the nicest blend of mid-century vintage i have seen in a long while!

    i LOVE THE MIRROR! would you mind sending me a link to zodax as i can’t seem to find it on google.



  43. Kristy says:

    I love lots of things but especially the silver cuckoo clock!

  44. Dan Baumfeld says:

    Wow, I feel honored that a painting of mine has shown up is such an amazing house.

  45. sulu-design says:

    Gorgeous home! I want to come over…

  46. What an absolutely beautiful home! Such warm and inviting details, love and thoughtfulness at every turn.


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