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sneak peek: SITEdesign

by anne

our first sneak peek comes from mackenzie farquer of SITEdesign who can practically say she lives on sesame street (she lives across the street from kaufmann astoria studios in queens, where that and many other shows are filmed). once there she fell in love with the neighborhood, making it a no-brainer to open up shop there too (it’s fun seeing how her home reflects her shop). all i know is that i’m ready to permanently move into her backyard for the summer. thanks to mackenzi and her partner for opening up their home today! read on and you can find more, full-sized images here. stay tuned for a second sneak peek at 2pm today!anne.

[above: our backyard- those cubes light up at night and glow beautifully. the chair is a reproduction french mid-century chair from SITE]

Most of the items in our home are vintage pieces. The mirror is my good friends grandmother’s, the attorney bookcase is from a great dealer upstate and holds all our barware. Both the chair and sofa in the Living Room are vintage I’ve had locally reupholstered.

This is our sanctuary- our backyard!! I had been searching for a place in Astoria with a yard when something happened to come up that was very near the store and had a great yard- so lucky!! The lanterns are nylon and can hold up to the elements, the Panton chairs are from a great yearly sale at Props For Today (a movie and film prop rental house in Chelsea), the table is from SITE. The fence color is yet another excuse for me to live out all my color dreams.

The giant map of Europe above our sofa is from the early 40’s- it more or less dictated the color palette for the whole room. I had the sofa before finding the map, so it was a happy coincidence when I got it home and they went perfectly together! The coffee table/trunk is actually the very first thing I bought to go to college with way back when. It was purchased at the Container Store and it was all shiny and new looking- I love the way its aged- another happy accident.

The bedroom was just another excuse for me to use lots and lots of color. The artwork is actually a rendering chart I made in design school that my blog partner, Emily, convinced me to frame in a custom modern floating frame and I’m eternally grateful that she did!!!

This is our office area that we never ever use. There’s something so natural about sitting with coffee and laptop time at the kitchen table that this areas goes sadly ignored. The map of the solar system is an old teacher’s aid from the 50’s that I bought on Ebay. The silhouette pillow I bought at a Thomas Paul sample sale years back- I was surprised when I showed up to the sale and the designer himself opened the door. It turned out it was at his apartment!!

This is my favorite vignette in the apartment! I’ve been collecting snowglobes since I was about 12- this is just a small sampling of the ones I’ve gotten on my travels. The custom state paint-by-numbers were made for me by Something’s Hiding in Here. I spent a lot of time in both Illinois and Wisconsin in my teens and twenties and thought these were great reminders of some amazing times I had had. And I’m crazy about paint-by-numbers, but that’s another story.

I love chalkboard anything. One of my goals for the apartment was to combine lots and lots of natural textures and elements- marble, shell, grasses, etc.

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  • The color on the fence is great. Is it a color wash – – or how did you manage to get that transparent effect?

  • My husband and I will be purchasing our first home in another month. Right now, unfortunately, our walls are pretty bare in this rented duplex. This entry definitely gives me some great ideas for our home. The place looks amazing. I would be just as comfortable reading in that backyard as I would be entertaining guests in it!

  • I absolutely love SITE. I live in the neighborhood and enjoy popping in on weekends after brunch next door. I’ve gotten some great gifts from SITE (a few I’ve kept for myself)…so charming and original. It has truly brought a beam of sunshine to the neighborhood and I’m so thrilled it’s there! it comes as no surprise that she decorates her home as uniquely as her store. Thanks for sharing!

  • Friendly, real space.

    DYING for that Wisc paint by numbers, cut out. I may need to steal that idea and attempt it myself.

    Luv from the MiddleWest

  • yes, beautiful house! Now this is totally off topic, but what I would love to see sometime soon on D*S is a COATRACK round-up. See in the winter, I’m wearing the coats, but now they are taking up way too much of my closet space. Please and thank you! :)

  • The apartment looks amazing! What a HAPPY place to wake up and unwind! (Sigh) makes me nostalgic for our roommate days.

  • Great personality and color!

    Does anyone know the source for the mercury lamp in the bedroom? I’m on the hunt for a similar one. Thanks!

  • Thanks all….!!

    The fence is just a cop out of sorts- should have done three layers of green over that very thirsty wood…but I also like that uneven “washed” effect.

    The Panton chairs absolutely hold up- they are the plastic versions, not the fiberglass ones that most people are selling these days. We use brillo pads to clean, and they’re amazing!

    The lamp in the bedroom is from Crate and Barrel!

  • How fun! That green is fantastic.

    The wire chair is made after the Woodard Sculptura line. So funny to see them everywhere lately. We snapped up an entire vintage set from a lovely old couple and I get happy every time I see them. You can find them on ebay and about the net if you look. They are delish.

  • I loved SITE when I lived in Astoria. It was – and probably is still – a completely unique store in that part of the neighborhood. What a treat to see the owner’s apartment! Hi Mackenzie – if you read this. I’m the gal who bought the needlepoint horse in the wooden frame earlier this year. It has a happy home in Austin now!

    PS – Those paint by number states are to die for.

  • Of course you have a lovely home, Mackenzi! How could you not, being the owner of such a cute shop? I loved the peek and am envious of that great outdoor space – you’re lucky to have such a pretty bit of yard in Astoria!

  • Your use of colour is absolutely beautiful, especially in the outdoor space. A delightful home. Congratulations.

  • I like the kitschy Lawn Gnome in the office. Put a lawn gnome inside your house = how quirky and fun! Put a lawn gnome outside of your house in your garden = how tacky and how could you! Why?

  • what a gorgeous place!!!

    i’m currently looking for a new place in astoria – hunters point seems lovely!

    i grew up in wisconsin – loving the little state shaped piece you have on the wall. honestly, one of the coolest pieces of art i have ever seen!

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