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sneak peek: spur design

by anne


our first sneak peek of the day comes from husband and wife team joyce hesselberth and dave plunkert of spur design. both talented illustrators, chances are you’ve seen their work in any number of national publications or around the web with presto bingo, their new line of kid-friendly modern art. today they’re opening the doors of their custom designed baltimore home (for all you with kids in the baltimore area, be sure to check out their blog). you can click here for more full-sized images of their home. stay tuned for a second sneak peek at 1. [thanks joyce and dave!] anne

[Above: We built our home about 4 years ago working with SMG architects. Chuck Patterson did most of the design and was really dedicated to the project. I think during one of our first meetings I said I wanted to live in a treehouse, and that’s pretty much what it feels like. The house looks out over the woods and has tons of windows. This side of the house is where we spend all of our outdoor time. My vegetable garden is close to the door because otherwise I get lazy. The trellis in front is usually covered in morning glories or moon flowers during the summer, but this year it will be yard long beans.]plunkerthesselberth2.jpg
A salvaged stairway railing holds some of our art collection in the den. A family photo, a watercolor by Paul Davis that he painted for us over dinner, an original postcard by Gina Triplett after the birth of our first daughter.

We love mixing old with new. The light fixture over the dining room table is made from vintage explosion lamps that are bolted to a salvaged timber from the old house that used to stand on this property. The upstairs factory window was rescued by the architect from a demolition. Some of the panes have been replaced with mirror and others with safety glass. The dining room table is recycled teak from Anthropologie. I love it because it’s the kind of table the kids can smear paint into and it just adds character.


The sliding door on the orange wall hides the laundry area, but it has also become the display area for kids’ art. There is a little sign in the middle that my daughter wrote ages ago that says, “Notice. Kids artwork. Do not buy. Thank you.”

plunkerthesselberth5.jpgThere is a concrete block wall that runs through the house. It has openings that let in light and house knick knacks. Concrete and plywood are used throughout the house. Because of this, we’ve opted to keep our colors really bold. Orange and chartreuse are the main colors.plunkerthesselberth7.jpg

Dave’s dad used to run a dairy and these milk bottles came from there. The watchmakers desk was a find from an antique store. The painting on the left is by Christian Northeast. The framed bookplate on the right shows a constructivist costume design.

The cubby in the kitchen holds mostly cookbooks. The Russian poster is a mystery. We have no idea who did it, but we love it. The collages on the wall are by our friends Allen and Sue at Plankton Art Company.

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  • I love the orange in the kitchen! I’m moving into my first condo and was thinking of painting my kitchen a similar color. Do you know the name of that shade?

  • A beautiful inventive use of space and colour. You would never get tired of looking around!

  • Absolutely lovely. I like the result of mixing old with new and all the warm colours on the walls. :-)

  • Thanks for your comments! We had a lot of fun being on d*s and showing you our home.

    Ashley, the orange is Behr Harvest Pumpkin. It’s really bold, but I love it.

    Regina, the prints are serigraphs by Paul Rand. They are vintage, and purchased from ebay years ago. I know the DADA one exists as a reprint though.

  • the outdoor space is super CUTE!all i could think when i saw the cat in picture#4 was “wow what a fun house to be a cat in!” i can just imagine all the fun it has climbing around, exploring, hiding in little nooks, and sleeping in the sunshine that pours in through the massive windows – lucky kitty!

  • I love your house so much!
    It is truely amazing. I would love to live in a house with that type of architecture and style.
    I’m jealous!