sneak peek: meredith kleinman

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today’s special thursday edition sneak peek comes to us from 3rd place winner in the lena corwin printing by hand pattern contest, meredith kleinman.  meredith is an interior designer and decorative painter based in los angeles. according to her, her style has “leaned toward the hands on approach– not only  for financial reasons, but because  it looks more personal and i love the imperfections of things done by hand. as a result, a whole lot of stuff in my house was made and painted by me or my boyfriend.” thanks so much for sharing your inspiring home, meredith! (all i know is that i want my own japanese sanctuary in my backyard too!) you can find more of her work here, and there are lots more images of her home here. -anne

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The floral painted walls in the entryway are a smaller scale version of designer Kim Parker’s rug called Mums and Asters. I love her designs, and as soon as I saw her rug, I immediately wanted it on my entry walls.  Six years later, though, and after redoing the room adjacent to it, I’ve decided I’m going to paint it over with a plaid pattern. : (

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Our bedroom: I used to sleep in what is now the guestroom, but when my boyfriend moved in, we wanted a king sized bed so we switched to this larger room. Making the bed frame was one of his projects. The sideboard is from ikea, and I switched out the hardware, and put a collection of some of my favorite things on it.

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I bought this 1953 ranch house six years ago.  I’ve always been partial to one room living, so one of the first things I did when I bought my house was knock down some walls and ceilings. Now it’s sort of a living room, office, kitchen, and dining room. After doing that, I didn’t have a lot of options for a TV, so I designed it into the partition wall and made it so it would spin around.

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The bathroom is not yet finished. I’m only halfway through painting it. It will be my tribute to Orla Kiely who I’m totally obsessed with.

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The TV room is my latest project. My boyfriend wanted to put a big TV in there so he could watch his soccer (he’s English). So this is what I came up with. Of course he wanted nothing too feminine, so I pushed the envelope as far as I could with him still liking it. I splurged and got a custom sofa and had electrical outlets put in the base so we could live our dream of laptop/TV multitasking. The windows are covered with fabric on canvas stretchers. I used the same technique on the ones in the living room. We took out the mirrored closet doors where the TV is and made these sliders. I made the fabric that’s
behind them. Of course this room is also filled with etsy finds.

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The blue room: This is the guest room which opens out into a sunroom and then the backyard. I painted the Tsunami Warning painting as well as the Falling Cow in the living room when I did a series of sign paintings for a friends’ art show.

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The outside is sort of my own little Japanese escape. It’s totally private which is really important to me– especially because I take showers back there! I put in the sunroom, cabana, and bath house. It’s pretty much like having a whole other outdoor house, which fortunately you can do in Southern California. We spend a lot of weekends out here, mostly working but some lounging too.

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rootbaby

this may be a trade secret, but… what kind of paint do you use when you wall-stencil, meredith? ordinary housepaint?
or, can you recommend a good textbook on the process?

your home is lovely and a complete inspiration.

Chantel

The bathhouse is to die for! I could only wish to live in a climate that would allow for such year round outdoor living. How divine.

Joy

BEAUTIFUL – that outdoor space looks like heaven!!!! Your color choices are so serene and calming. I have been searching everywhere for the perfect gray/blue – would you mind sharing the paint color you used for your bedroom?

lauran

i’d love to know what color blue is on the walls of the indoor bathroom on flickr. what an amazing place to call home! love it.

themediatrix

I LOVE the outdoors areas. Is there paper on the top of the cabanas? How do you keep rain from damaging the furniture? Beautiful!

april

The whole space is amazing: inside and out! I can’t believe that that floral painted wall is going to be painted over! It’s absolutely gorgeous! I wouldn’t have the gumption. no sir.

Tiffany

Meredith, will you adopt me??? This is such a great home, especially that backyard. I live in Florida and we have a
lot of outdoor time year round as well so I’m going to be stealing some of your great ideas!

abbe

dying to know where the stuffed dachshund on the sofa in the TV room came from! love this house.

heather

Stunning! Each room is perfectly interesting and has a great unique feel to it. I would love to live here. Is the floor in the shower wood? how does that hold up?

LOVE IT!

Meghan

Umm, I LOVE this. Thank you, Anne, for sharing Meredith’s gorgeous house with us! That guest room is calling my name… Can I move in?!

Ju Mary

I love all this sneak peeks, so many beautiful and inspiring places. I want so much to have my own house so I can work in the decor. Maybe I can send you pictures then! LOL :D

Jennifer

Just wonderful – thank you so much for sharing! A very inspiring sneak peek.

v

I rarely ask “where did you get it questions”, but I MUST know where the polka dot bedspread in the blue room is from. Thanks!

Uncle Beefy

Meredith…I loved you, like most, until I got to the last picture! I hate you for having that tub! I WANT IT NOW! I want! I want! I want! (Who died and made me Veruca Salt?)

Your home is enviously lovely. The entry? Sweet fabulosity! :)

Lauren

Stunning. Absolutely stunning. The japanese bath house is my dream. Aesthetically — a slam dunk.

queenpretty

How does anyone have this much a) time b)skill and c) money to do so much custom stuff to their home? Crazy! It makes me feel like a total slouch. Looks great.

meghan

Amazing!!!

Out of all the beautiful things in your house, I have to ask about the green shag in the TV room. I know there are a thousand cooler things to ask about, but I’ve been looking for a shag rug in just that shade for awhile now, and I’d love love love to know where you got it.

P.S. Outdoor bathing is sublime….

Zooey

meredith, i wish i could afford to fly you and your boyfriend to brooklyn, NY to pattern-out our apt! congratulations!

Meredith @ Studio Debris

Ugh! Envy! Japanese garden, outdoor soaking tub and shower – my DREAM :) I’ve got to get out of New England ;D

Loving the daring burgundy/yellow colors in your TV room! (and can commiserate…my Italian husband has put TV back into my life and decor due to soccer, gah!)

Marianne

I your home and I really love the outdoor bathroom. I would love to have something like that in my backyard. I would spend my days laying around in the water!

Leslie

Where did she get the yellow print on the mantel in your living room? The one with the car, and the cow who looks like it has tipped over a cliff? Its GREAT!

meredith

Hi all,
Thanks for all the positive feedback! It’s such an encouragement! Here are answers to the questions:
The yellow painting was painted by me for a friend’s art show. It’s 4 sale if you’re interested

The green shag– I’ll have to get back to you, I can’t remember the name.

The polka dot bedspread I had made, but it’s Robert Allen fabric.

The little bathroom floor has a teak wood floor grate over the shower. Because it’s teak, it holds up great.

The dachshund is from aliceapple on etsy. I love her stuff!

The cabana has roof paper over the wood tongue and groove and corrugated plastic over that, so it doesn’t leak

The blue walls- I mixed my own color. I usually do this, but then it’s not as easy to do touch ups down the road unless you make enough extra!

The Orla Kiely walls– I painted it, but I’m not finished. I used Orla Kiely as an inspiration because I’m obsessed with her.

The stencils- I use latex house paint mostly because it’s a lot cheaper, but it’s much easier with artist acrylics.

Thanks everyone!
You made my day!!!

Karen

Love this house — what a dream.

Specifically, I love those green chairs. Anyone have suggestions on where to find similar armchairs? I’m not having much luck with antique stores or craigslist….

Anna

WOW

what an increadible space!
Its so homey! gorgeous prints!
I love the couch and the shag pile rug- just want to curl up with a cup of tea and a book on that one!
And the outdoor areas- wow! Summer in that tub or the shower would be bliss!!!

Tami

I guess I will add to the where did that come from… I love the bathroom and have been looking for a shower like that. Who is the shower by, I must purchase it. Thanks!

Loora

Fantastic, tasteful, artful, dreamy and so beautiful (I’m only halfway through what I think, but let’s stop here).

I wish to second all of the “where did you find” questions, especially the bed cover fabric.

The Japanese bath is… just the most incredible thing I have ever seen. Ever.

Julia

Oh, I so love the blue room and the outside patio. Beautiful job. Someday I hope to have a place that I can turn into a little escape like that.
I’d love to see your kitchen…no pics here?

Melissa

How do you even pull yourself away from that outdoor tub. I would just live in it :-) How wonderful, it’s divine!!!!

Lillibet

Karen –

if you live in brooklyn, there are two green chairs JUST like them at Horseman Antiques on Atlantic. Really. I did a double-take. One difference: the arms are upholstered, not wood. Other than that, identical.

Meredith, I’m loving the taupe-y rose beige in the room looking into the entryway – what’s that color?

Elizabeth Cunningham

Wow. Your backyard space is spectacular! My Chicago heart is envious. The outdoor bath space reminds me of Kyoto…Beautiful!

Alicia

I’ve been to this house & it is more fab in public if you can believe it! She also designed my beach cottage & I get non-stop complements. It’s always so exciting to see the latest project she’s working on…..

Sandeep Manaktala

We feel really great with the fantiastic house you have put together. Congrats !!
It seems you are an artist as well as have a great artistic eye.
The orange & yellow cushion (extreme right) was designed & sold by us to Anthropologie. Thank you for chosing it & enjoying it. We are grateful, through your celebration, we have a chance to share it with you. Lot’s of happiness in your wonderful house. Good Luck… foreever. Sandeep

MrsAliB

Oh, it’s so lovely all around, but the outdoor bath is my dream!!! I have so many questions! You mentioned you and your BF do a lot of DIY – but even the soaking tub? how did you do the outdoor bath? my husb says it must have cost you 60K…..can’t be! there MUST be a way to do something like this w/ a LOT of elbow grease, resourcefulness, etc. w/0 big bucks, or else, I might be suicidal.

Kari

This is a beautiful home. Every picture is more amazing than the last. I would love to know what fabric you used in the TV room for the panels.

annamorgan

Adding praise — and a question:

Where are the yellow bedroom curtains from?

Thank you.

kristan Glass

where did you get the blanket on your old bed- its looks like a white terry loop bedspread. i love those..and sadly cannot find them anywhere?

meredith

Hi again,
Here’s some more answers to your questions:

Tami: the shower in the little bathroom: The shower head is by Grohe, and the ring I got on Ebay. It was a way more affordable version of this spiral curtain rod that ends with a shower head.

Julia: there are more house pictures on the link at the top, and also on my website http://www.meredithk.com

Lillibet: the taupe-y rose color in the living room is actually Dunn Edwards Pearl White (off white) It just looks like that in the photo

MrsAliB: No, we didn’t make the tub. I got it in Alaska from http://www.woodentubs.com for 4k.
I don’t think it’ s hard at all to make, though. It’s basically the design of a water tower and I watched one guy make a pool sized water tower in 2 days. Just make sure you use hinoki (japanese yellow cedar) wood. That’s where the cost is.

Kari: I made the fabric for the TV room panels with a stencil. Let me know if you ever want to by some.

Annamorgan: the fabric in the bedroom curtains is from F&S Fabrics in LA and I had them made.

Kristan: that bedspread belonged to my grandmother, BUT I saw some in this funny little catalogue that’s been sent to me the past couple months. I think it’s called the Vermont Trading Company? I can’t remember exactly b/c I threw it away already, but I’m pretty sure that’s it and they weren’t expensive.

Thanks again everyone!

meredith

Hi again,
Here’s some more answers to your questions:

Tami: the shower in the little bathroom: The shower head is by Grohe, and the ring I got on Ebay. It was a way more affordable version of this spiral curtain rod that ends with a shower head.

Julia: there are more house pictures on the link at the top, and also on my website meredithk.com

Lillibet: the taupe-y rose color in the living room is actually Dunn Edwards Pearl White (off white) It just looks like that in the photo

MrsAliB: No, we didn’t make the tub. I got it in Alaska from http://www.woodentubs.com for 4k.
I don’t think it’ s hard at all to make, though. It’s basically the design of a water tower and I watched one guy make a pool sized water tower in 2 days. Just make sure you use hinoki (japanese yellow cedar) wood. That’s where the cost is.

Kari: I made the fabric for the TV room panels with a stencil. Let me know if you ever want to by some.

Annamorgan: the fabric in the bedroom curtains is from F&S Fabrics in LA and I had them made.

Kristan: that bedspread belonged to my grandmother, BUT I saw some in this funny little catalogue that’s been sent to me the past couple months. I think it’s called the Vermont Trading Company? I can’t remember exactly b/c I threw it away already, but I’m pretty sure that’s it and they weren’t expensive.

Thanks again everyone!

MrsAliB

Thanks, Meredith! The bathtub info is great, definitely going to consider that source!! Can you give a $$ figure for the entire outdoor bathroom? Did you do the cement(?) work yourselves? How is the water heated?
Thank you so much!!

Jennifer

Hi! I was wondering the same, a ballpark figure for the entire outdoor bathroom. We already have one of these tubs from the same place in Alaska, and we’re just about to start working it into our yard. The shower and living area surrounding it really make it!

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