sneak peek: matte stephens {update}

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today is all about illustrator matte stephens. you can catch a peek into his new work and studio over on our guest blog (with sarah fox), but we wanted to share a bit more of his awesome retro-inspired home right here. isn’t where he lives so indicative of his style of illustration? you can find more, full-sized images of his home right here, and don’t forget to check out the other installments of his sneak peeks in the past here and here. the home is truly always a work in progress. [thanks, matte!] -anne

p.s. click here for the direct link to his studio on the guest blog today!

[Above: We moved to Portland several months ago. We first moved into a Victorian house that wasn’t set up very good for us. So we set out to find a Mid Century Modern place. We found this condo in SW Portland and just fell in love with the place and the area. The condos were built in 1956 and have flat roofs with little back yards. They are one story and are shaped in a u with a courtyard in the middle. The people who live here take really great care of the garden /courtyard.It is a wonderful place we feel very lucky to be here.]


This is a photo from the outside in you can see that we collect modern design stuff. Most all of the things we have are from the time period.


This is our living room. you can see an eames house of cards,herman miller catalogs, my accordian, George nelson clocks and lamps,Eames red plywood lounge chair,Eames Plywood coffee table,George Nelson swag leg coffee table. 1962 4 sheet movie poster.


Jens Risom for Knoll chair,dining room Set of 6 eames dcm chairs and fireplace


Our dining room Eames dining chairs, Old travel posters, Norman churner chair, Eva Zeisel china, george Nelson clock, Richard Shultz table for knoll.


This picture is of our book shelf. Old display hands a vintage George Nelson spindle clock for howard Miller. An old Molecular set and a red owl store promo.

Andrea

Why, oh why are all of the good mid-century places to live in SW Portland or outer SE? And why are there never any used Womb chairs for sale on craigslist or e-bay? Not fair. Welcome to Portland, Matte.

bussbuss

love, love, love his home AND his work!

they are so successful in making the mod feel warm, which isn’t easy to do. swoon…

jackie

the place looks amazing, matte! hope you and the misses are enjoying portland and the new home!

Dre

Talented artist! But I’m skeptical this is a real house… Where’s the un-hip remote control? Doesn’t anyone do laundry, have an animal, file a paper not in a folder? books not bound by a single imprint press?

matte stephens

Dre, that was so funny! We only have 1 Tv which is in my work room. So no remotes about the house. It stays pretty clean. We put our cloths in a laundry basket :) My work room gets messy but I cleaned it to take photos. We do have animals. Why would anyone want to look at a messy house? Thats what my Dad always said .:)

DesignerKim

I’ve purchased three prints from Matte and LOVE them. His designs are beautiful and have a great sense of humor that is hard to find. His house looks just like I would have pictured (if I’d ever pictured his house. ) (…which I didn’t).

jason

glad to see the new place! We miss you here and can’t wait to visit!

As far as Mattes home goes – he has always had a kept a very neat home and well maybe a little more messy in the studio i bet :)

Love all the new work, and can’t wait to see next years halloween head! The owl was just great!

Mai

I was smitten with your house….Could you please tell me where you got that curtain(or the fabric)?

Thanks

matte stephens

Mai, We purchased those at a vintage shop I don’t think its in production anymore.
Jason, You guys really need to come for a visit you would love it here!

Kate Z.

Andrea, there is a lovely little pocket of beautiful mid-century homes in NE, just north of Fernhill Park. Find it if you dare ;)
Welcome to Portland, Matte!

Mai

Thank you for replying about the curtain. I was so happy to see your place today. You really brighten up my day. Thank you!

Ellen

I’ve been lucky enough to see this place in person and I can honestly say it is AMAZING! Matte and Vivienne have done such a great job of turning this fantastic space into a completely personalized home. And its definitely lived in… and loved by them both. We’re so glad you’re in Portland, guys!

Kathy

Wow, this is definitely what my dream home would look like! Love what you have done. I inherited a set of eames chairs and low table from my grandparents–it’s our bit of sunshine in our house!

sosser

great home, great collections, great couple! an excellent sneak peek! i should warn you vivienne has invited me over :)

sarah

keep it up with the updates! i drink them in every time.

in my perfect world, this would be my perfect home.

Katec

I really like your interior design, I have tried to create something similar in my own house but I think you need to get a lot of the same quirky design items otherwise they look a bit on their own. I think I should buy some more stuff.

Nicki

I love matte’s home! Could someone tell me where I could find a similar bookcase as seen in the living room? It doesn’t look as big as the IKEA expedit but similar idea.

matte stephens

Its actually a very old library bookcase I found at an antique store several years ago. I would look in your paper or craigslist for old businesses that are closing and selling there stuff. There are warehouses all over the place filled with great stuff waiting to be found :) Thank you!!!

Janine

I have seen a lot of your art (and Vivienne’s) on flickr, and your house is like a living piece of art that is TOTALLY YOU. I love that. I wish I could get my house to look like me…..ok wait, my house is a mess, that’s pretty accurate.

Christina

I am absolutely in love with the movie poster, where do you find one of those that large?!
The whole place looks fantastic.

Katrin

I love your home and your art!!
Like sunshine for my frosen soul!
Greeting from a very cold Sweden to you all!

Karla

I’ve seen your home as I drive home each day… I can see your cool lamp, and I thought: “there is a cool home, I know there is more to see!” so, now I’ve had my sneak peek…. thanks!

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