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sneak peek: andy beers

by Grace Bonney

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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!]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Some Goodwill Pyrex that I love.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Built-in vanity in the bathroom.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The view from the hallway into our living room.

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The linen closet, where Naughty Naughty Kiefer lives.

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

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We keep an inspiration strip in the hallway.

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