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sneak peek: angela liguori

by Grace Bonney

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today’s second sneak peek belongs to designer angela liguori of carta inc. angela creates beautiful invitations, hand-bound books, and sells beautiful italian cotton ribbon among other products. i’ve been a fan of her work for some time so i was thrilled to get a peek into her family’s boston home. she’s also included a little peek into her office space so be sure to click “read more” below to see full-sized images of both spaces. thanks so much to angela for sharing her home with us!

[image above: My family and I moved just a few months ago to this apartment in the Boston area. For the first time, after several years in the US, I feel more at home. Everything was so new, with white, freshly painted walls, I didn’t think we needed to repaint with any colors, at least for now, as so much was already coming from surrounding elements in the apartment. The prints on the sofa are by Pablo Echaurren, and they were the first pieces in my collection of prints which started, without knowing, when I was 16 and worked in an art gallery in Rome! The red cabinet (see full sized image after the jump), even though seams an antique piece, we actually purchased it recently at Crate and Barrel. The lamp is one of the endless pieces I rescue from the street. (I’m always amazed by how much you can find abandoned here in America.) The silkscreen pillows on the sofa are by designer Valerie of Pikku and Elisabeth Bentz. All the Kilim rugs and textiles in our place were purchased by my husband on his last trip to Syria, where he is from. The vintage, side table is my latest addition, I bought during a trunk show at Pod, with no doubt, my favorite shop in Brookline. I also like to stack books in different parts of the house and be surrounded by them. Not only for reading, but as purely aesthetic.

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[image above: This is our entry way. I bought the blue restaurant table with two chairs, years ago at an antique shop in Michigan, when we used to live there. Little did I know then how famous the same blue table would become through the beautiful photos by Maria Vettese. I was amazed when I realized I had the exact same table! Stack of a small collection of Japanese books, Ikea lamp, and tote bag by Susy Pilgrim Waters. I have several in different designs and I leave the bags everywhere around our home, to carry parcels on my almost daily trips to the post office. Luxury Apartments print by Julia Rothman, I acquired by trading with one of our limited edition book.]

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[image above: This is my studio and the hallway with prints, mostly wood engravings and etchings. They are by artist friends or products of collaboration, collected over the years; This image brings you to my studio, housed in our apartment, which allows me to work even with my small children! Also visible is the table top Kelsey Press from 1928, which sits under my working desk, until I find the proper location.]

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[image above: My computer desk as it looks like this morning. I still have the Valentine card from Michael Osborne, with the perfect letterpress heart. With other letters and images that I like to keep close by when I work. They all keep changing frequently. The hand-painted tile, with a bird, is from the historic ceramic town of Caltagirone in Sicily, a present from Silvana I had for years and always on my desk. The pink and marigold cup is an antique piece by Richard Ginori, I found again at an antique shop in Michigan. I like to use it with my coffee to start my day!]

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[image above: Red hand-painted wood shelf, rescued as it is, from a past NYC Stationery Show, from a nearby booth; now it is on top of my computer desk, almost as an inspiration board.]

CLICK HERE for the rest of Angela’s peek (and full-sized images) after the jump!

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[image above: In the bedroom the hand-embroidered bedspread is also from Syria. The display of origami was a housewarming present from my beloved.]

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[image above: This is a detail of my children’s room. In the big mix, are vintage wood toys and children books, I like to collect.]

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