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sneak peek: kristen bach

by anne

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.

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