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sneak peek: basak of small square design

by anne

it’s always hard for me to pick out my favorite element in each sneak peek, because they’re all full of tons of wonderful inspiration. but i think for the home of basak aydin notz of the beautiful letterpress company small square design, the winning element (for me at least) is the chalk board art piece over their dining room table. i immediately was drawn to the folksy image, but it turns out it’s just the chalkboard piece of the month, courtesy of their friends mara and anna from dutch door press). believe it or not, every month it’s wiped clean to literally start with a clean slate. while sad to see each piece go what a fun way to show off your friends’ talents, and even a great excuse for a dinner party. click here for images from basak’s home, and, as always, you can find all our wonderful sneak peeks right here. [thanks, basak!]anne

[above: Our dining area. My husband made the dining table out of one of doors recovered in the renovation of our house. The six chairs are old barroom chairs, with seatbacks etched with the brand of Schlitz, a beer company in which my husband’s family was involved. The lanterns are leftover decorations from my daughter’s first birthday party. We decided to keep them up for the color and the festiveness that they added to the room. San Francisco printers Mara and Anna of Dutch Door Press are good friends of mine. Anna was so sweet to illustrate one of their folksy designs for this month’s chalkboard art. Although it is hard sometimes, we like to wipe it clean every month, leaving a blank slate for the next collaborative/crazy piece that tends to appear in the late hours of dinner party.]

The sink that we call the urban fountain, two little lady paintings from San Francisco artist Kelly Tunstall, and a Bertoia-like chair that was another street find.

Our bedroom. The dresser is from my husband’s grandfather’s bedroom. The photo hanging to the left is by our friend and wedding photographer Ryan Anderson.

Another look of the kitchen / living room. The red Francis Francis! Espresso maker is the first thing turned on each morning. My husband made the wooden cube side table from one of the old beams in the house. I love that.

We put up the Lotta Jansdotter linen calendar when Lula was born as I wanted something soft hanging over her crib in shaky San Francisco. We then decided to put up a new one for each year of her life. So far, we have two…

Our daughter’s room.  Somehow, our beloved Eames chair wound up there, but it fits well! The beautiful bird mobile and the embroidery on her closet door were gifts from my friend and talented crafter, Jen Hewett. The little leather sandals on the windowsill were mine as a little girl!

My husband and I have offices next to each other. The wall color of his office is my favorite in the house. My mother-in-law sent me the old keys mounted to the frame. The oak chair was found outside on the street. [right] The corkboard behind my desk, which I use to post cut-outs, illustrations, photos and work in progress.

Here is one of my favorite things in the house –  the big sink in our bathroom and the his + hers separate cabinets. It makes everything so much easier.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Basak’s peek (7 more pictures) after the jump!

Our house is filled with a mix of furniture and objects that reveals our backgrounds. I am from Turkey and love flea markets and apples, my husband enjoys woodworking and lived in China, and my generous mother-in-law is an avid antique collector. So we have the Turkish kilims, carpets, Chinese memorabilia and a variety of eclectic pieces. This is our living room, where newspapers are enjoyed and the morning sun is best. The kilim on the floor was a wedding gift from my family, a traditional gift in Turkey. I love the vibrant colors of the clay apples, which were a gift from my sister-in-law.

By our bed, we have a favorite Turkish rug and a collection of colorful blankets, good for foggy San Francisco summer nights. On my bed stand, the white, clay rock was made by my friend Rae Dunn, who gave it to me while helping me to create Small Square Design (“believe.” is inscribed on it).

Our guest bathroom. The photos on the right wall are from Bucks County Frames.

Some flea market finds, ever-important backgammon board and the “bear” by Deborah Barrett. The little calendar in the frame, dated 1905, was found in between the walls of our house during the renovation.

Kitchen counter, dining area and Lula’s nook. This is our primary living area and the kitchen counter is where we hang out most. [right] Our colorful and useful spice rack, mortar and pestle, Turkish spice grinder and another of my apples.


My home office, which is also my warehouse and the fulfillment center.

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  • I love the turquoise wall color! And the nursery is adorable. You’re just missing a homemade sock monkey (vs. the Target version).

  • Lovely home where everything works together as a whole! Do you have a glass top over the dining table to even out the surface?

  • Thank you! The sink is La Flaminia by Cesame, and the copper (painted burgundy) vanity table under it was custom made by a local artist. I will get the wall color info shortly. And we don’t use a glass top for the dining table, instead use those little nooks to place people around!

  • I really love your space, and the chalkboard, especially. I’m thinking of trying it in my kitchen. Is the paint right over your cupboard doors? I’m just wondering how they open.
    Really lovely!

  • Do you find the paper lanterns difficult to keep clean? Are they hard to dust? I have a bunch left over from my wedding and want to do something constructive with them…

  • Hi all, I saw a sink exactly like that in Ikea over the weekend, maybe that is where it’s from?

  • Can you tell me where you got the kitchen stools? I LOVE them and your whole place! Thanks

  • i love the kitchen stools, too! but mostly, i love the house. it’s nice to see where you live, basak, and it matches your personality. totally charming space. (i also love the framed cow and i would love to hear more about it.)

  • It’s rare that I see a Sneak Peak that I could really live in! LOVE this house–so much style but completely lived-in. LOVE it.

  • Hi! The stools are from Ikea and the spice rack is from Dean and Deluca.

    My husband gave the “bear” to me for my birthday (I hope that is the cow you are asking about Jane!). I love it. The same artist also makes really neat mini sculptures which I hope to acquire some time.

    The paper lanterns are really easy to clean, they don’t get very dirty/dusty.

    The chalkboard paint is right over the cabinet doors and they cause no problem. The doors open and close fine, and I did not do anything special for that.

  • Absolutely lovely! Thanks so much for sharing. I love the kitchen, Basak. Did you put in the counter and cabinets yourself? If so, can you tell me where they’re from?

  • Here are the colors…Office: Benjamin Moore Pool Blue (2052-20)Bathroom: Benjamin Moore White Blush (OC-86)The sink is La Flaminia by Cesame.
    Jay, the cabinets were custom made by a small family owned business locally in San Francisco. Let me know if you are interested in.

  • i think this is one of my favourite sneak peeks if not my favourite because of the personality and found objects creatively injected into this beautiful space.

    love the door table, urban fountain, bathroom sink and spice rack.

  • I love this house too! I especially like the red stool at the dinner table. Can you tell us where that is from??

  • I really like these images. I am a ceramic artist, and make many rectangular items. It seems strange for potters not to make round things,
    but I find the consistency of square and rectangular in this house refreshing.

  • Love the lamps! They look like they are not just for show but also work???? I think I have the same track – how did you connect?

  • how inspiring! i am looking for a cork board like this—very large 4×3, where did you get yours? thank you!

  • Basak! Looking good, great photos. Hope to see y’all some time – its been a while since the Coffee Bar.

  • Ey! The great photo on the bedroom is Puerta del Sol, at Madrid, Spain. I read you from Madrid, nice to see my home at your website! Thanks!

  • LOVE the bedroom wall color! What is the brand/name of the paint? It’s so pretty! Mind stopping by and letting me know? :)

  • Hi,
    I know it’s been a while since you posted this, but I just found it and I’d love to know the name of the color you used in your daughter’s room. I’m about to bite the pink bullet for my five year old and I think I could actually live with yours!

  • Ditto about the pink!! Also, would you mind telling where you got that lovely picture above the gliding chair in your daughters room? You have a gorgeous home.