sneak peek: eliza jane curtis {morris and essex}

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our last sneak peek of the day takes us down to buenos aires, argentina to the home of eliza jane curtis, the mastermind behind the beautiful hand-printed greeting cards morris & essex. she describes her cards and apartment as reflections of her love of color, plants, animals and a bright jumble of vintage influences. i’m totally loving her space and it’s openness, which is definitely different from the architecture in maine, where she is originally from. check out more, full-sized images right here (photos by caitlin m. kelly). and don’t forget to check out her super cute site right here. [thanks so much, eliza!] -anne

[above: Living room seen from the stairs. This space is so huge. sometimes we have fun dragging the furniture around to switch things up or make room for ping-pong games or movie projections.]

The bedroom is sunny and white. The windows and door open out onto our terrace.


Most of the furniture came from the huge Mercado de las Pulgas flea market a few blocks away. The beard picture is by ashley g. I love her bearded men. This guy looks a lot like Mike. I made the paper cut-out. The bear-headed lady is from Oh My Cavalier.


This is our dining room. It was once an open courtyard but now it has a glass roof. There are still old tree stumps embedded in the poured concrete floor. I love how many older buildings in Buenos Aires blur the lines between indoor space and outdoor space.


It’s cool having a jungle in the dining-room.


The kitchen is little but it works fine. I recently enjoyed an inspiring interview with Mark Bittman about cooking in a tiny kitchen. I made the curtains using a carrot for a stamp. The bike print is from Chris Piascik.


Homemade spice labels.

i love these crazy bathroom walls. the couple that owns the apartment are friends of friends, they painted all these squares.


Bedroom window, looking in from the terrace. . . I found the red apple tray on the street last year. What luck!


Sometimes I work on projects here. I do have a separate studio space, about ten minutes from home. The plastic swimmer is just one of the interesting characters in my little plastic figurine collection. Notebook is from Sukie. I made the yellow pattern painting and the folded-paper egg. It’s great seeing birds looking in at me through this window when I open my eyes in the morning.

Kate

I’m currently house hunting, and seeing this post just gets me majorly excited and motivated to own my own place so that I can turn it into a space that is truly my own!

Kristan

Buenos Aires? I’m so jealous! And impressed. It’s not easy, I think, to move from someplace like Maine to someplace like Latin America.

This home is wonderfully eclectic. The kind of place I’d love to have for myself in Madrid someday. ;)

Christina

This is the best sneak peek you’ve done in a while! Not a trace of MCM – woo hoo! Thank you.

Mouse

Perfect bohemian space. Somebody better be creating interesting art in there. Or falling in love over and over again. Or being daring.

Bonnie Topper

charming, delightful, unpretentious, like a scene in a Neruda novel; your space seems to inspire you as much as you inspire your space. . .Thanks for the peak

Paloma Chavez

This is probably my FAVORITE sneak peek ever! Each room so is beautiful!!! Wondering where that blue/green chandelier is from in the living room. I’m dying for something like that and haven’t had any luck finding anything.

kate Endle

I’m with Paloma- this might be my favorite sneak peek, too. I am in LOVE with this space! Could not have come at a better time as I am moving into a new home and trying to retain the bohemenian look of my older place. It’s a big challenge to keep a bohemian space organized while retaining the organic vibe. Way to go and thanks for the inspiration!

joyce

that dining room is such a fairy tale, i love it!! i love this sneak peek because it actually looks like someone lives there and not like a magazine spread.

Claire- MCM is Mid Century Modern

Krista

Absolutely agree with everyone here–this is the best sneak peek ever! No MCM in sight!! I’d love to see more international spaces, Grace. Also gotta comment on the interesting up/down angles of the photographs. All in all… simply stunning.

Silvina

I was trying to figure out where that house was, although I have an idea. It´s great! and in Buenos Aires where I live. I love the idea of the stairs in the living room.

WV

Love LOVE the jungle dining room! I want a jungle in my house. Thanks for the inspiration! Beautiful!

anne

i read your blog everyday, and often see things that i love, but i rarely leave comments. however this place is AMAZING. i love it!

Estelle

This is the best sneak in ages, and I agree whole heartedly with Christina, the absence of ‘mcm’ is refreshing, not everyone wants to own a freaking Hans Wergner. Actually maybe the Wergners can stay and we just ditch the ‘keep calm and carry on’ posters (yes ill give mine up if you do).

Catherine

I am sitting here with my mouth hanging open! Their yellow floors . . . the terrace . . . the kitchen. I love their easy style and how they incorporate the incredible ‘bones’ of the apartment.

~tivi

(gasp) I love this space! The raw floor and dining room are my favorite things about it. Could I post a link to this post on my blog? I know some of my friends would enjoy seeing these beautiful images! Keep it up d*s- I adore your site!

Hazel

Oh, I adore that courtyard dining room. I wished I lived in a warmer climate. We can only eat outside from May to September in Toronto

Judy Curtis

Lovely photographs! Surely, only a puppy could have enhanced your space. For sure, these pictures are enticing enough to draw even more visitors. (esp. with puppy included)

CLF

Lovely home. For those who wish they lived in a “warmer climate” please note:

Buenos Aires is located in the Southern Hemisphere, which means its seasons are the opposite of those of North America.

Since Buenos Aires is located quite south of the equator, the city does experience four distinct seasons.

The city is not “tropical,” nor does it have a tropical vibe. And while this apartment is darling, it’s not representative of the way most Porteños decorate anymore than a bohemian Silverlake apartment is representative of the way most Angelenos live.

It is now the height of summer in Buenos Aires, which explains the lush courtyard.

In winter (the month of July in particular) the city is cold. Temps can range from the 30s to the 40s.

In fact, it snowed in Buenos Aires last July. (A rare ocurence.)

Emma

I love this! I wish Copenhagen had the same climate as Buenos Aires so I could have a place like this. Absolutely gorgeous!

Eliza Jane

thanks for all the great positive comments! Paloma, the chandelier was here when we moved in, I guess it probably came from the nearby flea market. As for the solarium/dining-room, we do use it year-round, as it has a glass roof, though it does get a bit chilly in the winter. It’s definitely warmer here than in the northeast usa! For those familiar with Buenos Aires, we’re in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood. Glad everybody’s enjoying the photos!!

Christine

L-O-V-E…
Anyone know where I can get rugs like the ones shown?!? Thanks in advance!

Eden Grimaldi

Even though all the rooms are empty it says “happy” in every way…full of life and spirit. A perfect space to fall in love.

eden

even though all the rooms are empty, they say “happy” in every way. Full of life and spirit. The perfect space to fall in love

georgia p.

What a surprise! Your place is amazing. Cuidate mucho :)

Graphic Designer

I must say I admin people living there for creating house personality. It would be very hard to leave such place that is connected with such unique design strings. Just awesome!

sofia

i spent the last couple of days catching up with all that i’ve missed and i must say…this place is a dream. it’s soO beautiful!!

tangogirl

I agree with everything that’s been said…it’s a wonderful home! I immediately thought of the word insouciant when viewing it – certainly a favorite of mine! This is my first post at Design Sponge and I like the idea that you restrict comments that do not “contribute constructively” to the dialogue. There are sites I avoid because of the very negative, elitist, and I imagine very hurtful (if it’s your house people are dissing) tone to some of the remarks.

penelopea

she looks like she could be a display coordinator at anthro! the details in this place are both meticulous and unpretentious. the combination of found objects and color are both homey and beautifully designed. i love it.

viola

My style. Set colorful pieces, unique thrift furniture and a dining area to die for. I’m decorating a 1955 three bedroom beach cottage rental and it gives me inspiration to show my place off probably by the end of the year.

Vickie

The designer’s intuitive sense of color and simplicity is stunning! Can I please live here?

Florchi

I knew it had to be Buenos Aires! You can feel the “porteña” atmosphere in there…just perfect for me.

rex

LIZA!!! it’s sarah from the OK corral” I don’t know if you remember me. I am soooo glad to see your beautiful house and you look so happy! hope you are enjoying it all. would love to see some of your creations. I still remember that tiger you made…
take care! :)rex

Karen

What a nice place. I love the way you amost feel like your outside but yet in. clean and happy. Thanks for shareing it!

Juli

Really nice apartment! the dinning room is so bohemian and “Argentino”!!!
I live in Buenos Aires and I recognize this apartment as a familiar place as soon as i saw it.

Thank you for sharing you home with us, it was such a pleasure!

melanie

this sneak peek is amazing! the dining room is absolutely stunning, and the first photograph of the living room is fantastic!

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