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
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. : (
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.