sneak peek: laura zindel

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one of the things i love most about working on the sneak peeks is showcasing so many different styles and how they each fit with their keepers. today we’re transported to the “partridge house” in vermont – an old farm house built in 1778. it’s one of the oldest homes in their town, and it’s home to ceramicist laura zindel, her husband, thor, and their son, wulff. it’s quite a change from san francisco where they were just 5 years ago.  but believe it or not they found this “dream home” (as they describe it) on the internet! now they have cows at their fence and an apple orchard in their back yard. the home is still a work in progress so we’re hoping to see more as before + afters down the line. in the meantime, don’t miss more great images at the end of the post. and stay tuned for two more great sneak peeks coming up at 11 and noon! let the sneak peek-a-ton continue!  [thanks, laura!] -anne

[above: This is the other side of the porch.  The porch floor was made out of ceiling boards from the Hay Barn.   We renovated the Hay Barn into our studio, this is the view from the studio door.  I really miss the porch in the winter, we live our life out here until it is bitter cold.  All of the furniture on the far end is Amish.  ]

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The hutch holds our new line of China.  The bowl on the table is Diana Fayt.  The two paper cutouts are by Rick Jones, the one on the right says “Cuando Menos se Piensa, Salta La Liebre. A Spanish Saying meaning..Things happen when you least expect them.  On the left is a Shaker Blessing, “Beneath this branch of purity do come and sit and sup with me”.

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This is the office, one of the only rooms in our house that we have actually had time to paint and decorate.  I inherited all of the botanical fruit prints in the corner from my mother.  We got the pillows at the January Gift Show in NY from PATCH.   Don and Jon are my new favorite designers and I love everything they make.  I would fill my house with their work if I could.

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Our bedroom.  The bedding and curtains are from Anthropologie.  The large pillow on the bed is a new twist on Toile by Domestic Element.  A friend found the big ceramic pot on the armoir on the street in San Francisco.  She thought is was awful and hauled it to my house as a joke.  I think that is is brilliant and I hope no one ever claims it.  The two photographs on either side of the bed are of people that used to live in our house in the 1800’s.  The previous owner gave them to us.  When he bought the house in the 70’s, the owners moved out and left everything inside.  Larry slowly catalogued anything that had historical value, somethings he gave to the historical society in Guilford, the rest he kept.  He is slowly returning pieces that once belonged here, back to the house.  It took him a while to trust us with the treasures.

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the office.  The wall paper is called “Lady of the Manor”  by Anthropologie.  I thought that it was the perfect compliment to our “Country Estate”.

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I do a lot of drawing on the porch when the weather is nice, and I store my reference books and drawing supplies in here.

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These are bones and shells that I have collected over the years.  My friend in Aspen lived on a ranch that had a caged mountain lion and I would raid it after he had a good meal.  Some where found on the beach in Florida with my son.  The small tile with the turtle was made by my childhood friend Janet Tobler.

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This is the wall leading up to the second floor.  These paintings are made by Russian artist NIna Friday.  We have collected her work slowly over the years and think of them as our ancestors.  They have a gloomy quality that goes with the starkness of our house.  I have made up histories for all of them.  The large one is called “The Twins”  they have a pet monkey.   The one at the top is titled “Dr Katz”, he treats the twins for various disorders.

Jenna

Putting the artist’s portraits along the stairway wall is such a great idea. I love this house…there’s a lot going on, but it feels so cozy and peculiar at the same time.

alison

is there somewhere we can find Nina Friday’s work online? it’s wonderful!

Else

This house breathes history, it’s incredibly stunning!

jac7890

there are some nice elements here, to be sure,
but i could never live somewhere so fussy, cluttered, and dark.

Lorna

This home exudes soul… I could move in tomorrow and never leave and be perfectly content. Glorious!

Ann

I was lucky enough to buy one of Laura’s cool pieces last year. It’s so great to see the beautiful home of such an incredibly talented woman!

DesignerKim

I am laughing out loud at the owner’s commentary on her Nina Friday prints. I need to know the disorders for which the twins are being treated by Dr Katz. Please write a book. Thanks!

yukari

Hi, I was told to see this page from my good friend. I am very excited to see ” lady of the manor ” wallpaper by Anthropologie in the office. Because I designed it! It looks great in such a beautiful home. it’s very rare opportunity to see my design in somebody’s home, so I couldn’t help writing a comment. if you think this is for self promote please leave it. Thank you!

cilla

Where can I find Nina’s paintings?? I am in love with them!!

Abesneighbor

What incredible work!!!! Airy with such a flow of color in every room. I could just move right in and take up residence!

Sandra Andre

I teach interior design and have a green design practice with emphasis on sustainability in the San Diego area. Your home is lovely Laura. -Cloudforest Imaging

Sophie Aldaz

I must say, those paintings of those kids are pretty disturbing. Id feel like every time I was walking by, they would be watching me. . .

Catriona Daley

Laura – I love your ceramic work; I have lovingly coveted it for ages after seeing it NYC but I cant find any supplier in the UK, do you have any stockists on this side of the pond?

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