sneak peek: kristen bach


our beauty everyday sneak peek trio continues with kristen bach (who oversees the blog while also doing design and pr for r.wood studio, among other creative projects). four years ago when she and her husband, josh, bought their home in downtown athens, ga, it was completely uninhabitable, yet they saw its potential (kristen notes that preservation of homes and renovation of existing structures is something that tends to happen more often than not in the south – rather than tearing them down and starting from scratch). after many months in a huge labor of love (and help of friends) they are full of pride and joy, and i’m sure after today’s sneak peek, their home will inspire many others (don’t forget to click HERE for the full post and more images). [thanks so much, kristen!]anne

[above: One of the tiniest rooms in the house is our bedroom.  Josh built the bed for us, it’s high enough to store things underneath, storage nooks are important for this small home.  The print behind the bed was given to us as a wedding gift from a Swedish relative, it matches our crispina quilt so well!  The pillows were made by Angela Nichols, also a gift.  Other artwork in the room is by friends at hable construction, Douglas Johns, and myself.  My dogs Penelope and Willa spend quite a bit of time in this room.]

While renovating, we had to take out and replace all of the walls.  Since our house  is small we opened it up as much as possible.  This is a view from the kitchen looking over much of our living space.  I built some shelves from boards and plumbers piping to partition the space and showcase some of our collections.  My favorites are the brightly colored ceramic bird and carousal  by the art dept,  our giraffe bird by Megan Bogonovich, some ceramic houses by an Athens woman-run ceramics non-profit, and recycled sweater garland by Patina.

Our living room is the middle of our house.  The light bamboo floors and natural wood ceilings are used throughout the house. I love the neutral grey walls in this room, there is plenty of colors that are introduced through the many art pieces, furniture and textiles throughout.  Many of the paintings and prints were traded with friends in art school, such as the “television crutch” by Andy Ducett or the print on the right by Joshua Norton.  We all met while in school in WI, it is great to have pieces that remind us of our Northern friends, roots, and memories.

We inherited this piece of furniture from an artist friend;  Lou Kregel, who helped us a lot on our house.  The corner pieces of artwork are by friends:  A.Bill Miller, Stephanie Dotson, and Kelly Ruberto.  The mandolin on the sofa is one of the many instruments scattered throughout the house, which gives Josh the opportunity to play music whenever the muse arrives.

This built in bookshelf is an ingenious use of space for our tiny home.  Josh is quite proud of this idea.  It holds our cd’s, records, magazines, books, and our ever-growing vinyl collection.  To the left is a painting by a college professor.  I love the texture and the colors used, it somehow  brings the room together.  I also love the mid-century lamp in the corner, it came from a great vintage store in WI, Johnny Lunchbox, another Northern memory.

CLICK HERE for the rest of kristen’s sneak peek– and additional, full-sized images– after the jump!

Our joined dining room and living room serves as our main hang out place.  Many dinners and scrabble games happen here on our vintage table.  I love the mixture of old and new, I think it works perfectly here and Athens has some amazing vintage stores!  One of my favorite paintings by a friend;  bird lives in this room to the right.

Our television and lounge room is probably our busiest room, but relaxing at the same time.  It has many of our favorite things in it; books, vintage Eames chair, crispina pillows, and tons of art.  We have arranged a vignette of friends’ art pieces that we have acquired throughout the years.  The many artist included in our installation are:  brother-in-law KC Skinner, Matt Blanks, Ric Stultz, Xenia Talor, Lou Kregel, Amy Stark and Andy Ducett.

Our kitchen is the most important room in the house to me. I love to cook and bake and this kitchen is perfectly spacious.  We chose my favorite color aqua and a vintage pattern of Formica countertop to design the kitchen around.  I found the immaculate vintage cast iron sink at our habitat for humanity store for $15.00!

My favorite part of the kitchen is the cabinets that were built by our friend David Graves, who now lives in Brooklyn.  I worked with him in designing of them and I love (!) the way they turned out.  The countertop of this section is a butcher block made from an old shuffleboard that davey acquired while living in DC.  Our cabinets are filled with a plentiful collection of R.Wood pottery, mostly pieces we have made.  We used metal skirting made for mobile homes for our ceilings in our bathroom and kitchen and a grey vct tile floor to mirror the grey tones.

This is the front of our house, we love to hang out on our porch watching the birds and the passerby’s.  The neighborhood kids love all of the colors that we used in painting and decorating our house, they love to come by and say “hi” to the dogs too.  The peace flags that bring you into our home were made for our handmade wedding, I sewed 1500 feet of garland for our lovely day.

  1. Oooo. I am so glad that Mr. Giraffe has found such a happy and colorful home. ….drums, dogs, pattern books, balls of yarn….

  2. D says:

    Great peek. I love the bedroom and the kitchen cabinets.

    What is the brand and name of the paint color in your living room?

  3. Sabrina says:

    Where is that buffet/sideboard from? It looks cool and uber-functional.

  4. Bethany says:

    Fabulous in every way.

  5. Chrissy Obenauf Siemon says:

    Wow, what an amazing renovation! I love all of the natural light throughout the house. Your use of small spaces is genious. Congrats on your home, may you enjoy everyday to the fullest =-)

  6. You had me at the mandolin…

    Actually, much sooner. I love this place.

  7. Melissa says:

    Love the aqua and muted green they chose for the outside of the house!

  8. Beth says:

    I love this home so much!!! It is like my ideal!!! The couch is so cute and all the artwork is amazing! And I love the built in shelves – I could go on and on!

  9. Llubav says:

    so beautiful and cozy! great job kristen and josh! i can’t wait to visit next time i’m in athens! xoxo

  10. Lee says:

    My dream kitchen! Sent this to the husband too because he wants a half wall in the living room but I didn’t like the idea until I saw this one. Sweet!

  11. Christopher Wirth says:

    Kristen, I love it. It is so you. You guys did a fantastic job.

  12. Susan says:

    I am so glad to see Penelope and Willa, I have 2 Jack’s and they spend tons of time on my bed.

  13. Thank you for featuring Athens, my favorite city!

  14. Dale Manor says:

    Very cool ideas throughout….I am currently looking into a house and your place opens up a bunch of new direction and options!

    hope all is well down that way!


  15. Chroma Lab says:

    I love how the aqua color is sprinkled throughout the house.

  16. Rachel says:

    I love that couch! where did you get it from?
    Beautiful home, thanks for sharing! More tid bits for my inspiration scrapbook!

  17. Shannon says:

    oooh! i’d love to know the name and brand of the aqua paint used on the outside of the house, please!

  18. Yellowgoat says:

    Love the use of color here. Cozy and nice with the right amount of clutter. love.

  19. april says:

    Hey! I went to school in Menomonie too! I loved Johnny Lunchbox!! Cutest vintage store ever.

  20. Jonathan says:

    love the couch. The color is great and single cushion seats are the best – great for naps.

  21. Soooo jealous. I dream of having a beautiful house like this!

  22. .v. says:

    LOVE it!

  23. Sue Skinner says:

    Kristin and Josh,

    Wow, what a great way for us (Mom and Dad) to see what you have done over the past year to your lovely home. Congratulations on the completion (very soon) of your studios in the back house. Thank you for sharing. Your dad and I are very proud of you both and your accomplishments and whatever the future holds for both of your unique talents.
    Love Mom and Dad

  24. A. Bill says:

    Your house looks great! And… its nice to see all the great artwork!!!

  25. marq says:

    wonderful home you two – what a great place to be. thanks for sharing

  26. Beastie says:

    Very clever use of colour throughout. The photo of the bedroom is superb – the pillows really make it perfect. And the kitchen is very special – kudos for using Formica!

  27. Stephanie says:

    WOW your house is amazing :) you’ve inspired me to start some redecorating myself! thank you for sharing your home.

  28. kristen says:

    thanks to all for the kind comments on our house. it has been a long journey to get here….
    as far as paint colors go….good question. i will post if i can find them:)

  29. rachel says:

    This is maybe my favourite sneak ever!

    I am totally enamoured with your open shelving and all the beautiful art all over your house. Such great colours and a great use of space!

  30. al s. says:

    i live in athens too. cute town.cute house!

  31. KC Skinner says:

    Nice photos of the house. Can’t wait to see you two at the end of May! Looking forward to many restful nights in the lounge and I am REALLY excited to hang out on the new porch in the back. Love you both! <3

  32. Stephan says:

    Sweet! Looks really good – it makes me want to go back and visit you – I wonder how your studio will look like! =)

  33. Hi Kristen!
    Your home is lovely! thanks for giving a few of my wares such a warm and rich home!

  34. viola says:

    You can never have too much aqua. The color dotted around the house makes for a bright but soothing uplift.

  35. mary says:

    where can we see pictures from your handmade wedding? Im so interested!


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