ever since i first saw xenia taler‘s home i’ve been craving a mobile of my own. i love how they add a bit of fun and charm to her place, while still feeling sophisticated and appropriate for the space. and as an avid booklover, i’m also thoroughly intrigued by having a dining area completely surrounded by books, so be sure to click the jump below to see the full post and more images. check out more of xenia’s work right here, and if you’re looking for more inspiration for your home, you can find all of our sneak peeks here. [thanks, xenia!] -anne
[above: All our bedroom furniture was originally Steven’s grandmother’s. That includes the Hudson’s Bay blanket (very Canadian). The owl mobile is by Skyflight Mobiles. ]
I think this living room best illustrates my basic design style which I would call ‘opportunistic’. The only thing in here I actually made an effort to get (besides the ceramics) is the glass coffee table which was a Goodwill find. Everything else just sort of arrived as cast-offs from friends and family over the years. The chairs I intend to re-upholster some day but for now they are wrapped in blankets – again from the Goodwill. The fantastic ceramic sculpture on the table is by Marc Egan.
Our daughter’s bedroom. Bird mobile by Skyflight Mobiles.
The glass bottles are by Lynn Read of Vitreluxe
CLICK HERE for the rest of Xenia’s sneak peek– and additional, full-sized images– after the jump!
This is my wall of shame! Since I can have any tile I want for our backsplash I have been very slow in choosing. So after living with unfinished drywall for (I don’t want to say how many) years, I finally went to the dollar store, grabbed all they had of the ivy vynil shelf paper from 1980 and went to work. Although it’s cheap and cheerful it does not respond well to heat and has started to wrinkle above the stove. Very very soon, I will be deciding on the tile…
Ever since I was about eight years old and discovered the TV show Space 1999 I have wanted to live in a modern house with white plastic modular furniture. I remember having an argument at that time with a friend who insisted antiques were nicer while I claimed I would never live with such stuffy old things. I suppose over the years I have come to appreciate all eras of design and especially those eras that just land free of charge on your doorstep. So although I’m not crazy about crystal chandeliers and would prefer something more modern, this one came with the house and I have to admit adds some light and sparkle.
The masks are from Thailand. The large striped vase is by Alex Young. Small striped vase is by Joan McNeil and the matrushka is by Julie Moon.
These puzzle shapes were prototypes for a very short -lived jewellery line. (They were going to be pendants.) We still love the shapes so we turned them into magnets.