our first sneak peek of the day comes to us by way of eva jorgensen (and her husband kirk) of sycamore street press. we got a peek of their work last week here, and this week get a look into their lovely pattern friendly home. click here for more from sycamore street press. [thanks eva and kirk!] - anne
[above: My great grandmother used this kitchen table for 50 years. The bouquet is from the pot of basil i grow on our front steps. ]
I started collecting patterned vintage linens years ago to use as the surface for my paintings. Now I’m back to using what remains of my collection for their original purpose (well, mostly). My mom made the green paper cut out. It reminds me of traditional Polish paper cutting, which I find very inspiring.
Kirk’s mom did the cross stitch sampler for our wedding. His sister, Kari, made the collage of Rosa Parks. We love photo booths. i don’t know if i should divulge this because it’s kind of sappy, but Kirk proposed to me using a photo booth picture.
We’re lucky to have a lot of great hand-me-downs. My grandparents lived in Paris in the 70′s, and they brought the coffee table and side table back with them.The chairs were my their first big purchase out of college. We painted and recovered them. My parents gave us the red rag rug, which was made from recycled clothing on the same looms that the Mormon pioneers used. Kirk lived in Russia for a couple of years, so that is how the collection of matroschka dolls began. The art is from some Eve Perry and Melissa Cox – two artists I went to school with. Kirk’s sister, Kirsten, of Kirsten*can made the black and red pillows, and his grandmother made the afghan.
This is a part of my polaroid collection, which has been going on for almost 10 years. I’m so sad that i won’t be able to add to it after this year!
The bathroom is very calming. I love the old freestanding cast iron tub. This is my beloved Vandercook letterpress. Above it is a painting by my friend Cheslea Taylor, which I love to look at as I print.
The painting is by my friend Allan Ludwig. Kirk surprised me with the surfer on a wave cookie jar. It plays songs by the Beach Boys when you open it.